Halloween’s almost here which means kids in costumes and a lot of happy dentists. Although it’s only one night out of the entire year, Halloween is one of the biggest holidays here in North America. People spend money on costumes, candy and decorations, all in preparation of the event. The main purpose is not only to share goodies but to scare each other as well. Fear has become synonymous with Halloween tradition. People dressed as fictional, blood-thirsty creatures, haunted houses and eerie ghost stories are all common.
But there are many countries that see it as a day of respect for the departed, not just another day to please your sweet tooth. Before the influence of the ever popular American Halloween, many different countries dedicated the night to the dead, and created unique traditions to please them or aid them in passing on to the other side. Halloween is a very spiritual day in certain areas. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know how other countries celebrate Halloween and how they all differ?
These are 10 ways different countries celebrate Halloween.
1 1.United States of America
American Halloween is by far the most popular and well known way of celebrating the holiday. Children dress up in costumes and go door to door in their neighbourhoods trick or treating, bringing home bags of candy. Costume parties are held where people play games, eat and drink. Pumpkins are carved for decoration and lit with a candle. These Jack-o'-lanterns have become one of the holiday’s most identifiable trademarks. Originally the term trick or treat came from the idea that kindness must be shown to dead ancestors to avoid them playing tricks on you. Now it's more of a courteous way of asking for candy.
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