There’s nothing scarier than submitting your draft to an editor only to realize you’ve made a glaring error. In keeping with the Halloween spirit, we’ve compiled some terms below so you can avoid making a ghastly mistake when reporting about your town’s festivities.

Halloween and the festive eve of All Saints’ Day occur Oct. 31

Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead – The Mexican holiday marked by parades, folk art and exhibits begins Nov. 1 and ends the next day.

jack-o’-lantern – the carving of pumpkins for decoration

trick-or-treating and trick-or-treater are hyphenated. The phrase trick or treat is not.

While some candies are straightforward like Butterfinger or Reese’s, others are trickier, like M&M’s and York peppermint patties

So there you have it. Happy Halloween!

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