Halloween is usually known for the traditions of dressing up and trick or treating, but there are other places that go all out with their fun and sometimes strange Halloween customs: Austria Locals leave bread and a glass of water for a week, a way to welcome the dead souls who visit during this period. […]
November 13, 2019
Halloween is usually known for the traditions of dressing up and trick or treating, but there are other places that go all out with their fun and sometimes strange Halloween customs:
Locals leave bread and a glass of water for a week, a way to welcome the dead souls who visit during this period.
The Germans hold the same belief that the dead are allowed to visit the mortal world during Halloween. However, instead of offering bread and water, they keep the knives away as they don’t want the spirits to hurt themselves.
Locals are known to eat a traditional Halloween cake called Fave dei Morti, or Beans of the Dead. These small cakes are made from ground almonds, sugar, egg, butter and flour, usually sprinkled other subtle flavors. They are eaten as a snack on the day that the locals decorate the graves and attend masses for the departed.
Famous for being the birthplace of Dracula, curious tourists often trek to Transylvania where they can participate in costume parties and storytelling activities.
Locals dress up as underworld creatures for the Oiche Shamhna or the Samhaim Night. There’s bonfire, fireworks and turnips, instead of pumpkins, are carved. There’s also a special fortune telling cake called Barmbrack, where various objects such as a pea, a coin or a ring, can be found.
Czechs don’t typically celebrate Halloween, but families sit by the fireside and leave empty chairs for the departed.
The celebration, called El Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, starts on October 31. It has been celebrated since the prehistoric days of Mexico, a way to celebrate the memory of the ones long gone. As per tradition, families construct an altar decorated with photographs of their dead loved one, flowers, candies and the deceased’s favorite food.
Most locals get in on the action by following American traditions of dressing up in costumes, but pets also participate! The yearly Scaredy Cats and Dogs Halloween raise funds for animal welfare groups.