With a pumpkin spice latte in one hand and a Freddy Krueger mask in the other, you're probably thinking you've got this Halloween business sussed. But if you're ready to take things to the next level, check out these five American Halloween traditions we'd like to see in London.
An entire month of Halloween
In America, Halloween isn't just a one-day affair. Oh no, it's a whole freaking month of watching 'Hocus Pocus' on repeat, blowing your entire paycheck on mini Milky Ways and getting caught up in fake spiderwebs wherever you go.
Getting your pet in on the fun
What's even better than choosing your own Halloween costume? Choosing your pet's Halloween costume! Americans have been known to take this pastime to the extreme on a normal day, so on Halloween there's no holding back.
What is candy corn, you ask? It's an American institution, that's what! It's also a teeny tiny orange and yellow triangle packed with more sugar and glucose than could possibly be good for you. We know it's wrong, we know it's borderline disgusting, and yet we just can't stop eating them.
Fake haunted houses
Sure, London has real haunted houses containing hundreds of years of bloody history, which is maybe why this go-to American Halloween pastime of faking it hasn't quite taken off yet. You also might be asking yourself why anyone would willingly risk a potential heart attack by allowing a bunch of actors to scare the crap out of them, to which the Americans will enthusiastically reply: 'Because it's Halloween!'
From pumpkin pie to pumpkin cookies to pumpkin soup, October is the month of the pumpkin in America. Grab a couple extras and use them around the house for some, er, statement decorations.