I love how Halloween is depicted by J. K. Rowling in the Harry Potter saga. Halloween celebration is particularly felt in the wizarding world. There are no references in the books of the traditional trick or’ treat, common in many countries, but other classical traditions are followed, like carved pumpkins. At the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, illuminated pumpkins are suspended in the air, and scary live bats are flying over the tables making the candles in the pumpkins stutter. There is a copious feast, for all Hogwarts students, that suddenly appears on the golden plates.
As we know the castle is inhabited by different ghosts, that are present during the Halloween feasts, wandering from table to table. They usually haunt the halls, they guide students and occasionally they cause mischief; the most famous of them is Nearly Headless Nick, who is the house ghost of Gryffindor. But we also have Moaning Myrtle, an unhappy miserable child with no friends that turns into an eccentric ghost living always in a toilet, sobbing.
If we think about Halloween and mysteries in general, Hogwarts is always beautifully mystic, every part of it. The castle itself has several secret passages, hidden in the most amazing ways; and the castle is surrounded by the Forbidden Forest, a dark and sinister home of all manner of creepy creatures, with forest ground covered in soft moss. And there is also the Big Lake, in which you can find little water demons, and a giant squid.
This is the most amazing place ever created in literature, and has captured the attention of so many; this work will continue being popular and amaze the next generations.