Halloween Parties: Are frequently given in private homes, schools and hotels. People come dressed in costumes that are bought, rented or made by hand. Costume contests for the most original, scary, beautiful, or spectacular costume are held. Prizes are cash, food, or gifts. Commerical haunted attractions run through October. Tours of haunted houses both real and commercial are attended by hundreds of people on Halloween. The scariest ones are flashlight tours in the dark.
Dumb Suppers: Ozark Mountains, Arkansas. At midnight, candles are lit in every room. Two girls go backwards and place nine different things on the table to eat. The dead come, animals cry to show their arrival and whatever they leave in your plate, thats what new husbands will be. Food is left out overnight for the spirits to enjoy. If you wish to contact a recently deceased loved one, you set a Dumb Supper with extra settings for those who you wish to contact. Set the table in reverse order; forks on the right side, etc. Serve food in reverse order, beginning with dessert and ending with either soup or appetizers. All table setting placements are handled by two people. At some point during the meal, the recently departed make contact. One reason to try to reach a loved one who recently died was if the family had feelings of restlessness, showing the dead might be confused and had not crossed over to the other side. Contact through the Dumb Supper is a way of helping them cross over and find peace. (29)