Whenever we think of October 31st and Halloween it's immediately connected with popular American culture and children trick or treating. It is widely recognised that the festivities were initially started by the early American pilgrims when they first settled in the new world but have become more and more popular over the centuries.
However, the holiday has been immortalised in a plethora of American films over the past few decades and now people across the world know exactly what every boy and girl in the USA will be doing on that day of the year.
Typical festive Halloween activities across the States include trick or treating (which is sometimes referred to as guising). This is where young children are taken around their neighbourhood and given treats by the home owners and if lucky, their chaperones are offered a glass of wine as refreshment.
Most houses across America will be decorated with carved out pumpkins made into jack o lanterns with tea lights inside to make the face more horrifying especially when seen in the dark after a few glasses of red wine.
Children always dress up in suitably scary costumes, and many neighbourhoods will have dozens of little Frankenstein's, Dracula's and witches running around and playing mischief. However, for adults, Halloween is a great excuse for a costume party with lively music to dance the scariest night of the year to and a good choice of different wines and beers to drink.
If it isn't an organised event, then easy drinks to organise when having a party at home are always wines, which take no preparation time and even a small selection of red, white and roses, can cater for most guests' tastes. When in America, Californian wines are an obvious choice with their great flavours and easy to understand labelling. Wine has even been known to be used in the adult version of apple bobbing when the successful 'Bobber' can take a glass of Pinot Grigio away with their apple!
In California which is the home of theme parks and amusement parks, many now offer organised Halloween-themed events. This concept began in California at Knott's Berry Farm in 1972 when it morphed into Knott's Scary Farm for the day. That park is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and is still hosting its annual Haunt.
Even Disneyland and Disney California Adventure get into the spirit of Halloween and add some jack-o-lanterns and cobwebs to the parks and offer their own Halloween. Disneyland has been known to transform its classic Haunted Mansion attraction with a Halloween-meets-Christmas theme into Haunted Mansion Holiday by using characters from Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before Christmas".