As Halloween’s dusty moon is about to settle among autumn’s skeleton trees and owls perch – ready to wake up their ghostly crew, kids below dressed as devils threaten their neighbors with tricks if they don’t cough up treats.
We thought we would look into the spooky superstitions & creepy traditions of Halloween from around the world. so that we can confirm what we already kind of know. And that is, ever since the bonfires at the festival of Samhain, we have been fascinated with ghosts, ghouls, and welcoming home the dead.
In this blog, we’ll embark on a chilling journey around the world to explore some of the creepiest Halloween customs and superstitions that have survived the test of time.
Latin America never tries to keep out the things that bump at night. They invite them in, party at the cemetery in memory of them, and honor them with streamers, flowers, and mementos. For Latin Americans, Dia de Los Muertos is when spirits come home, and to celebrate their return, altars are constructed in their living rooms, and parades of dancers in skeleton costumes take to the streets so the dead and living can party together.
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Celebrated on All Hallows Eve (30 of October.) Devils Night in the US has come a long way since Halloween first appeared. Back then, you would leave food outside your home to stop spirits from entering and wear a mask to disguise you from the gaze of wandering ghosts.
These Days, Devil’s Night, although full of harmless hijinks and mild pranks, such as egging houses and toilet papering monuments. More recently, reports of cars set ablaze and acts of serious vandalism have hit the headlines. For fear of the mayhem in Detroit, some 40,000 citizens band together to patrol the streets.
If you love uncovering gruesome mysteries and local legends, then the Barcelona scavenger hunt would be perfect. Every Halloween, people from around the world gather at the Gothic Quarter to discover the bloody past of legendary landmarks such as the Arc de Triomf and the Church of Santa Maria.
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Celebrating Halloween only became an event in Germany in the 1990s. But that has not stopped a new, unique tradition from being born. The south of Germany celebrates the ‘Week of the Whole Soul’ – when the dead return to visit their family, so, of course, to ensure they don’t get any sharp surprises, all knives are safely put away.
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The UK’s Halloween traditions stem right back to the Celtic festival of Samhain. And have inspired new customs such as trick or treating, apple bobbing, and pumpkin carving. However, the UK also has a few darker rituals. One such tradition in England would see a young person looking into a mirror in a darkened room – the mirror is supposed to show the face of the person they will marry. However, if a face doesn’t appear, it means they will die before ever getting wed
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In Asia, Halloween is about honoring ancestors and departed spirits. China’s Hungry Ghost Festival is evidence of that. Part of the celebration is to leave food and drinks for returning souls and lighting lanterns to guide the dead to the next life. In Cambodia, treats such as sticky rice beans wrapped in bananas are gifted to temples. In addition, prayers and blessings for those who have passed are made.
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We hope our blog, Spooky Superstitions & Creepy Traditions of Halloween from Around the World, has inspired you to partake in local traditions and encourages you to seek out new, exciting customs.
Halloween is a time when the world embraces the supernatural and the mysterious. These global traditions and superstitions remind us of the deep connection between the living and the dead and the importance of honoring our ancestors. Whether it’s creating intricate radish carvings in Mexico, lighting lanterns in Japan, or paying homage to Vlad the Impaler in Romania, Halloween traditions are as diverse as the cultures that celebrate them. So, as you don your costume and carve your pumpkin this Halloween, take a moment to appreciate the rich tapestry of superstitions and customs that make this spooky holiday a global phenomenon.
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