Halloween means acquiring obscene amounts of candy.
At least in this country.
Halloween around the world means lots of different (and bizarre) things to different people.
The French do not celebrate Halloween; they disregard it as an American holiday.
Americans don't celebrate Bastille day because we don't have a Bastille.
Our friendly festive neighbors across the pond in Britain have some original traditions as well.
According to www.britain-info.org, on Halloween the Scottish use a bowl of mashed potatoes laden with charms to predict their future.
Each person takes a bite and if you get a coin it means wealth, a wishbone means a special wish will be granted and a thimble means that a woman will not marry.
In America if you find something in your mashed potatoes - you send it back and sue the restaurant.
Halloween is a revered holiday for me. It shouldn't be so much fun, but it is.
The idea of dressing up like a heathen and running around screaming like a banshee into the night, is one of life's true felicities.
Some people relish in fine wine to tickle their palate, for others it might be expensive caviar.
I see myself as somewhat of a candy connoisseur. Candy is my world. I don't have a sweet tooth, I have sweet teeth.
As an American kid, I can remember ransacking the linen closet for the most gigantic pillow case ever created for my trick or treat bag, knowing full well that my bag would need to be driven home on a fork lift.
No matter how much candy you extorted from your neighbors - there was always that one guy who gave toothbrushes or apples. "Thanks for nothing, man."
My brother John doesn't like peanut butter, so when all the loot was counted, sorted, categorized and alphabetized, the bartering would begin.
It was like Wall Street trading, only more serious and with more at stake. An average trade might be two Reese's cups for a pack of Skittles. John found this terribly unfair, but, in retrospect, I find it quite fair.
I can't help it if he doesn't like peanut butter.
- Rosemary Nottoli is a senior in journalism. She can be reached at rnottoli@utk.edu.