Halloween's theme is spooky or scary things particularly involving death, black magic, or mythical monsters. Commonly-associated
Halloween characters include ghosts, witches, bats, black cats, goblins, zombies and demons, as well as certain fictional
figures like Dracula and Frankenstein's monster. Homes are often decorated with these symbols around Halloween.
Black and orange are the traditional colors of Halloween. There are also elements of the autumn season, such as pumpkins
and scarecrows, reflected in symbols of Halloween.
The jack-o'-lantern, a carved vegetable lit by a candle inside, is one of Halloween's most prominent symbols. In Britain
and Ireland, a turnip was and sometimes still is used, but emigrants to America quickly adopted the pumpkin because it is
much larger and easier to carve. Many families that celebrate Halloween will carve a pumpkin into a scary or comical face
and place it on the home's doorstep on Halloween night for fun. Traditionally, something like this was done in order to scare
evil spirits away.