Holidays and Celebrations

Graphic asks, "Why don't we have Thanksgiving movies?

Pop Quiz: Why Aren't There Many Thanksgiving Movies?

In this segment of "Pop Quiz," Newsy's "In The Loop" explores why there are so many Christmas movies and not many surrounding Turkey Day.

 | Casey Mendoza and Scripps News Staff

A woman dressed as a witch smiles.

How Witches Went From Folklore To Feminist Icons

Witches have complex history, but the community surrounding them is growing in a somewhat positive way.

 | Scripps News Staff

Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney's "The Little Mermaid."

New Little Mermaid Inspires Diversity In Halloween Costumes

Some content creators are encouraging anyone and everyone to dress up as Ariel, after the new Little Mermaid trailer inspired Black girls.

 | Cat Sandoval

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden

President Biden To Welcome First Responders' Kids For Halloween

It will be the Bidens' first time welcoming trick-or-treaters as president and first lady.

 | AP

A bag distributed by Mars - the maker of Snickers and M&M's - for recycling candy wrappers

Trick Or Trash: Candy Makers Grapple With Plastic Waste

Since the beginning of October, Mars — the maker of Snickers and M&Ms — has distributed 17,400 candy waste collection bags to U.S. consumers.

 | AP


The Why: Halloween Special

All your spooky Halloween questions, answered.

 | Scripps News Staff

People shop for Halloween costumes.

Halloween Costumes Have Grown Into A Billion-Dollar Industry

Americans spend big on costumes come Halloween, and the money is mostly going to adult outfits, not just kids.

 | Cat Sandoval

The Stanley Hotel

11 Haunted Hotels You Can Stay In For A Spooky Night Away

If staged haunted houses aren’t spooky enough for you, check into one of these haunted hotels for a frightful night to remember.

 | Brittany Anas

A cranberry farm is shown.

Cranberries Are Ready For Harvest In The Cheesehead State

Wisconsin produces more cranberries than any other state in the country, and one farm there is ready for a fall harvest after a hard run last year.

 | Meg Hilling

A Target store

Here's An Official List Of Stores Closed On Thanksgiving 2022

If you like to start your holiday shopping right after Thanksgiving dinner, check this list to see if your favorite stores will be closed this year.

 | Tricia Goss

A girl kisses a dog in costume

Vet-Recommended Tips For A Safe Halloween With Pets

Before your dress your pet in a costume or take it trick-or-treating, read these tips for keeping animals safe on Halloween.

 | Tricia Goss

a stencil for rangoli — colored powder designs — on sale at a Diwali stall in New York

Diwali Celebrations Growing Across The U.S.

The Hindu festival celebrates the return of the deity Lord Ram after 14 years in exile.

 | AP

Halloween candy.

Your Halloween Candy Will Cost More This Year Thanks To Inflation

The scariest part of Halloween this year might be the cost of candy. Prices have experienced their highest jump on record this year.

 | Emily O'Brien

Anti-LGBTQ protesters throw a flare during a pride march.

Serbian Police Clash With Hooligans During Belgrade Pride March

Anti-LGBTQ groups hurled stun grenades, flares and stones at Serbian police as hundreds of Pride supporters marched a few miles away.

 | AP

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.

Cherokee Officials Expect Record-Breaking National Holiday Attendance

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. says the celebration is all about honoring ancestors of the past and today's equality.

 | Allison Herrera


How Did The Fouth Of July Become 'The Fireworks Holiday?'

Today, Americans spend over 1.5 billion dollars each year on July 4th fireworks.

 | Simon Kaufman and Alexandra Miller

a statue depicts a man holding the state law that made Juneteenth a state holiday in Galveston, Texas

Residents In Galveston, Texas, Celebrate Juneteenth

In 2021 President Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday. Many are hoping that as Black people share their culture, the country can unite.

 | Tammy Estwick

Dancer Prescylia Mae in front of the Absolute Equality Mural in Galveston, Texas.

Juneteenth Celebrations Across The U.S. Underway

In 1980, Texas took the reins and became the first state to make Juneteenth a state holiday.

 | Tammy Estwick

Juneteenth flag

The History And Modern Celebration Of Juneteenth

One year ago, President Joe Biden signed the law establishing June 19 as a U.S. holiday.

 | Del Walters

An orchestra rehearses for a 4th of July concert

Why Do We Have Federal Holidays?

A brief history of U.S. holiday observations.

 | Simon Kaufman

A bride and groom pose for wedding pictures.

Weddings Are Back In A Big Way, But They Have A Higher Price Tag

In the U.S., weddings are resurgent, but service providers are stretched and costs are climbing.

 | Meg Hilling

Attendees at Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration Continues In Anaheim, California

Celebration is also a time to hype new shows starring old favorites, like Obi-Wan Kenobi.

 | Clayton Sandell

Pope Francis in a crowd after finishing Easter Mass

Pope Makes Easter Plea For Ukraine Peace, Cites Nuclear Risk

"Please, please, let us not get used to war," Pope Francis pleaded during Easter Mass.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A choir rehearses in a church.

Churches Prepare For Easter Sunday Celebrations After Pandemic Pause

After two years of muted celebrations on Easter, many of America’s churches are finally going to be bringing back larger, in-person masses.

 | Amber Strong

A Palestinian man hangs decorative lights in preparation for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan

Ramadan Kicks Off In Much Of Middle East Amid Soaring Prices

The conflict cast a pall over Ramadan, when large gatherings over meals and family celebrations are a tradition.

 | AP

Lincoln One Cent Penny

April 1 Is National One Cent Day

National One Cent Day is a day dedicated to the history and origins of the penny.

 | Scott Withers and Scripps News Staff

Man eats traditional Polish Paczki

Polish Pastry Rings In Fat Tuesday

Paczki is a traditional Polish filled pastry that's a Fat Tuesday staple, eaten by many who indulge themselves before the start of Lent.

 | Cat Sandoval

Organ donation paperwork at Mid-America Transplant Services in St. Louis

It's National Organ Donor Day

Organ donors can save up to 8 lives and help improve the quality of life for over 75 people.

 | Scripps News Staff

Flower bouquets are seen at a grocery store.

The Backstory Behind Your Valentine's Day Flowers

Most flowers sold during the holiday rush are coming through Miami's airport from multiple countries.

 | Axel Turcios and Mai Nolasco-Carranza