Holidays

Everyone loves a good holiday, no matter whether you're commemorating a special occasion or just looking for a day out of the office. Read about important holidays in these articles.

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Top 10 April Fools' Day Pranks

April 1 gives the sneakiest ones among us an excuse for some shenanigans. Out of ideas for this year's springtime skulduggery? HowStuffWorks has 10 gags to completely confuse someone's day.

5 Halloween Candy Alternatives

Halloween is known for its chocolate and sweets, but you can make it a little more health-conscious by swapping sugar-laden candy treats with our five candy alternatives.

5 Easy Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Whether you're carving, stenciling or painting your pumpkin, we've collected five easy ways to create out-of-this-world pumpkin designs.

10 Cool Ideas for Halloween Parties

Halloween is for tricks and treats... and partying! We have 10 cool party ideas for kids, teens and parents alike.

5 Halloween Costume Photo Op Ideas

Everyone plays 'dress up' at Halloween, which makes for some great photos. Try out these 5 suggestions for great costume photo opportunities.

5 Unforgettable Costume Ideas for Teens

These five ideas offer a sampling of the gore, humor and downright creativity that it takes to make a teen-perfect Halloween costume.

5 Creepy Costume Effects for Kids of All Ages

Crank up the Halloween scare factor or just spotlight someone's sillier side with these examples of creepy costume effects.

5 Ideas for Outdoor Halloween Decor on a Budget

We have five, frighteningly easy - and cheap - ideas to make your yard spooktacular.

5 Ideas for DIY Theme Halloween Parties

Why wait for party invites from friends and family when, with a little pre-planning, and a small budget, you can throw your own ghoulish shindig?

10 Fun Halloween Facts for Families

To get to the bottom of why black cats got a bad rap and where revelers can catch glimpse of a ghost, treat yourself to these 10 frighteningly fun Halloween facts.

5 Ways to Make Some Halloween Noise

We have five tricks to making Halloween noise that has you covered whether you're a digital music downloader or a do-it-yourselfer.

5 Budget Halloween Party Favor Ideas

Here are a few suggestions for keeping the Halloween party favors economical while keeping your guests happy.

5 Things You Should Know: Halloween Safety Tips for Kids and Parents

Prevent your family from hidden dangers and injuries such as falls and burns with these helpful hints.

5 Kids' Halloween Party Invitation Ideas

These five Halloween party invitation ideas that will tempt you to put down the pre-packaged pumpkin cards and up your ghoulish game.

5 Cool Ideas for Pumpkin Art

You don't need to be a pumpkin-carving Picasso to think outside the typical jack-o'-lantern box, you just need a little spark to get you going.

5 Timeless Costume Ideas for Young Kids

These five timeless Halloween costumes are guaranteed to look adorable on little boys and girls -- and they won't require a lot of shopping around to complete.

Halloween Pictures

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. Everyone gets to dress up and be someone else for the night. Explore our spooky Halloween album and discover some of the major elements of this ghostly holiday.

How Haunted Houses Work

Money for admission? Check. Willing companion to hold onto during your visit? Check. Second set of pants in case yours are scared off? Check. You're now ready to enter a haunted house.

Why do we decorate with holly at Christmas?

According to folklore, decorating with prickly edged holly leaves will result in a male-dominated home for the coming year. But if the holly is smooth-edged, a woman will reign supreme. Learn more about this plant, and find out why its crimson berries are so closely associated with the holidays.

Why is there a controversy surrounding the word 'Xmas'?

There's no doubt that commercialism runs rampant during Christmas. So is the word "Xmas" just another casualty of the modern advertising age? Or does the X in Xmas have its roots in Christianity after all?

What Are the 12 Days of Christmas?

Have you ever caught yourself singing the "Twelve Days of Christmas" and wondered what geese, doves and milk maids have to do with the holiday?

Why do we get presents in our stockings?

A pack of razors, chocolate-covered truffles and a harmonica -- these are just a few of the random items you might find in a Christmas stocking. Sure, these festive stockings are ideal for stuffing with pint-size presents, but why do we do it?

What does the poinsettia have to do with Christmas?

Also known as the "lobster flower," the poinsettia's flame-red leaves are a staple in holiday decorations, with more than $200 million in sales every holiday season. But how did a plant indigenous to tropical climates end up on mantles in North America?

What's a yule log?

The yule log has long been an important symbol of winter. It was an important part of the Winter Solstice for Vikings, and in more modern times, a staple of holiday gatherings. Learn more about the yule log.

Can Santa really climb down the chimney?

Maybe you understand how Santa can get around the world in one night, but you're still having a hard time wrapping your head around how he gets down the chimney. Fair enough. After all, Santa's big boned, and not all chimneys are accommodating.

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