Essay about Halloween Night vs. Prom Night

1339 Words Nov 6th, 2010 6 Pages
Halloween Night vs. Prom Night Ghosts, princesses, superheroes, and so many other strange characters are seen walking around during the night of October 31st, the night known as Halloween. Halloween is the night most famously known for haunted houses, candy, black cats, witches and ghosts. For one magical night a year, known as prom, teenagers get to feel and dress like princes and princesses and to attend their first formal event before becoming an adult. For that night, tiaras, limos, corsages, tuxedos and evening gowns are all the rage. Both nights are important nights when growing up, and even though they are so different, they actually have some things in common. Halloween night and prom are nights that have a similar, yet …show more content…
It was around this time that poor people would go from door to door asking for food in exchange for prayers. European immigrants came to America and brought the tradition of Halloween with them. Americans started to partake in the holiday by dressing up and going from house to house asking for money and food. This became what is called, “trick-or-treat” (History.com 1). Halloween evolved into a holiday that is mainly directed towards the younger generations and treats are passed out to the trick-or-treaters when they go door to door. Prom is short for the word promenade, which is the, “...grand marching beginning to an immensely important social event” (Pretty for prom 1). It is believed proms; “…emerged from the popularity of upper-class debutante balls in high society” (Pretty for prom 1). In the early years of high school proms were similar to debutante balls and it is believed that proms might have existed at colleges as early as the late 1800s. Prom went from being a dance where high school seniors wore their Sunday best; to an annual class banquet where the students wore party clothes and then danced afterwards. Around the 1950s proms became more extravagant than they were in the earlier years and the students started to dress up more formally. The first point in comparison between Halloween night and prom night is its purpose. Both Halloween and prom are important nights in a young

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