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Halloween Traditions Around the World

Greetings, friends!

‘Tis the season for scaring the pants off of people.


… kind of.

So, my husband and I are BIG Halloween fans.

We just recently went to New York and visited *drumroll* OBSCURA ANTIQUES & ODDITIES!

For those of you not in the know, Obscura is a store filled with bizarre treasures such as skulls, old photos of gruesome medical ailments and mummified animals. It is also where Discovery films their show “Oddities.”

We got ourselves a little shark jaw and bat skeleton during our visit which we proudly incorporated into our Halloween decorations along with a vertebrae my husband received as a birthday present and a fake skull we picked up at Goodwill. #SLAY

You should know, when October passes we will leave this shrine to the skeletal system up year round just so no one gets the funny idea that we are “normal.”

That being said, I thought it would be fun to explore how people in other countries celebrate this most spooky of holidays.

Ireland is said to celebrate Halloween most similarly to the U.S. with children dressing up in costumes and collecting candy before joining their friends and family at Halloween parties where they eat junk and play weird games. Go America.
The Irish traditionally partake in a game of “snap-apple,” where an apple is tied to  a door frame or tree and the participants attempt to take a bite of it. Think “bobbing for apples” modified by drunk people.

Hong Kong
The people of Hong Kong traditionally burn fruit or money during this celebration of Yue Lan or “Festival of the Hungry Ghosts” in hopes that these burnt offerings will bring comfort to the potentially angry spirits returning to seek revenge.
Way to cover your buns, Hong Kong. #respect

Mexico, Latin America and Spain
Recently, sugar skulls have become something like young white kids wearing Native American headdresses to Coachella, except instead of just at Coachella its EVERYWHERE. This symbol comes from El Dio de los Muertos, the Mexican “Day of the Dead.” Families erect alters to deceased family members comprised of their favorite foods, photos, candy, flowers and a bowl of water and washcloth so that the spirits may wash themselves before indulging in the feast that awaits them.
In true Hispanic/Latin fashion, parades are held and the celebration lasts three days from October 31st through November 2nd. HOLLA.

You’re not likely to find any adorable princess or smiling cartoon character costumes in France. They do things a little scarier there (e.g. goblins, mummies, witches, vampires, etc.). Trick-or-treating in general is not near as popular as it is in the U.S. and is more store-to-store rather than house-to-house with restaurants, malls, offices and stores decorating their windows and handing out specially made desserts and candies.
France is polarized when it comes to celebrating this predominantly American holiday, so jury is still out as to whether there is much longevity in France continuing their traditions. You know, because they hate us and all.

Personally, I think no matter how you celebrate Halloween, you can’t go wrong with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
But that’s just one woman’s opinion.

What are some of your favorite Halloween traditions?

Until next time, cheers!


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