Halloween in Other Countries

October 21st, 2008

photo taken from howstuffworks.com

There has been a massive surge in the celebration of Halloween. Below I will explain in detail how Halloween is celebrated in some countries across the world.

Australia and New Zealand – By America’s influence, there has been a tremendous increase in the celebration of this holiday. It has been reported that Halloween sales have been on exponential increase throughout the past five years. Trick-or-treating is in effect but is rare and limited only to the trick-or-treaters neighborhood. Halloween parties are more popular than trick-or-treating. On the night of Halloween, horror movies and TV episodes are aired on television.

Romania – Romania celebrates Halloween around “Dracula”, the famous vampire. There are many costume parties that revolve around the character. It is also claimed that the spirit of Dracula lives there today because Romania was a place where many witch-trials had taken place which are reenacted by actors on Halloween.

The Netherlands - Since the early 1990s, Halloween has become increasingly popular in the Netherlands. There has been an increase in Halloween sales in the past 20 or so years. Students and children dress up for Halloween but trick-or-treating is uncommon because Halloween does interfere with the Dutch holiday, St. Martin’s Day. However, on November 11, children walk around ringing doorbells hoping to receive a treat after singing a song dedicated to St. Martin which can be related to trick-or-treating in a way.

Sweden – There is quite a bit of a mix up in this country with Halloween. The Church of Sweden declares their All Saints Day on Halloween. Due to this, many Swedes are unaware that Halloween is a non-Christian holiday in English-speaking countries. Retail business organizations introduced Halloween to Sweden in the mid-1990s.

Other countries that have been increasing Halloween celebration would be Germany, Japan, and Spain.  This was of course due to American cultural influence.

Works Cited/Further Reading

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

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  1. Angelle
    May 24th, 2010 at 03:53 | #1

    I was born on 31st Oct and in my country we didn’t celebrate Halloween.
    i don’t know what makes some of the countries in the world celebrate 31st Oct as a HALLOWEEN day.. i think it just bring a bad name to the day. i hate my day of birth it seems bring a bad luck for me. seriously i never celebrate my birthday more than 2 times. i just don’t know why every time the day comes, i get a lot of trouble.. out of nothing i suddenly involved with something that is not my concern. i asked for friends opinion but all i get is a irrelevant answers like ‘because u were born in a ghost day..’ blurred..

  2. September 7th, 2010 at 09:57 | #2

    Holloween is a pagan celebration. The celebration of the dead. Even in Orthodoxism, there is this day called “Saturday of the dead”.

    But while ones party honoring the devilish creatures (because that’s what they do-like fun they say! sheep brainless people!), others, the real worshipers of this day kill. KILL 4 REAL!. They bring human sacrifices to the devil.

    Just check how many children dissapear around this period. They are sacrificed. Mostly blue eyed children, faired haired.

    I was to be kidnapped once. I’m from Romania. I’m blue eyed and fair haired. I remember as if it was now. I was around 5y.o. I was crossing the street with my little brother. There was this tall, completely white haired old man who caught my arm and wouldn’t let go. He would’t speak at all. I was to small to understand, to react as one should. But I was lucky. The taxi drivers saw something wrong. It took 4 of them to free me. This “old” man was so powerfull!!!!! He was just waiting for a car to pass by and take me away, to sacrifice me!

    But God helped me! The old men escaped the drivers, and he ran. He ran like a young boy, told my mother one neighbour’s wife who also saw the entire scene.

    Be carefull what you choose to celebrate! You might celebrate the death of innocent children!

  3. October 8th, 2010 at 11:43 | #3

    Actually Halloween is based on the old Celtic festival of Samhain which means summer’s end and marks the end of the Celtic year.

    It is a time for winter preparation when surplus animals were slaughtered and preparations made for the long winter nights and the dead season when the land sleeps. Because it is a time of transition, going from light to dark, it is also the time when the veil between the living and the dead grows thin and one can communicate with the other.

    After the Celtic world became Christianised, all the pagan festivals were replaced with Christian ones so Samhain became All Hallows, (1st November) and All Hallows Eve (Halloween), 31st October.

    When I was growing up in the fifties and sixties, Halloween was rarely celebrated in the UK but has grown very popular during the last twenty or thirty years. Few really understand its origins and any mischief afoot usually originates from the consumerism that surrounds it rather than anything of a supernatural nature which is true of most of the ills in the world. Man having the happy ability to shift the blame for his actions onto the devils and demons of the underworld!

  4. Kim
    October 26th, 2010 at 22:24 | #4

    @Angelle
    Hello, Angelle, I was born on the -10-31-1972, my name is Kim and I hate halloween also, and I don’t celebrate it either meaning I don’t dress in costumes, or by candy, I just have a so-called normal day, I get up eat, maybe watch some tv or go to a movie, eat some cake, and I call it a day, I just wanted to let you know that I understand exactly how you feel, I will be 38 on this sunday oct 31 2010, anyway have a happy birthday. Kim from chicago.and I will not be celebrating I am going to do exactly what I typed here for sunday.

  5. ghosts are real
    June 22nd, 2011 at 15:51 | #5

    i <3 halloween for trick or treating plus my neighbor pam gives me a good treat on halloween :D

  6. ghosts are real
    June 22nd, 2011 at 15:52 | #6

    @Kim
    kim EVERYONE buys candy and gives it to trick or treating kids like me :(

  7. October 26th, 2011 at 19:40 | #7

    In Russia, kids don’t go trick-or-treating but there are Halloween themed parties held at night clubs. So, mostly young adults celebrate.

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