People outside of North American might be surprised to see just how huge Halloween, or All Hallows or Saints Day, held on October 31, is in the United States and Canada. It has lost the religious significance it once had, and is a time for parties and costumes and for children to get huge amounts of sugary candies and sweets from neighbors and friends.
The timing of the holiday is also important. It comes at the end of the fall foliage season in the United States and Canada, and at it's height south of New York City, having already reached its peak in Canada and the New England States. Fall Foliage in Eastern North America is glorious, with leaves on trees changing into a vibrant range of yellow to red colors. It is one of the things I miss the most about living in the always green Florida climate. The colors of Halloween are also a celebration of this gorgeous time of year.
A Jack-O'-Lantern is a carved pumpkin with a candle in it and is a symbol the holiday. Johnny Alderton at makes the ones above that can be resized and sells them for 10 Linden each at Tadd's. Jago and I decorated the giant fig tree at our place on the DMC Marina with a bunch of them; you can see the results in the photo above.