As kids run from door to door chanting “trick or treat” this Saturday, timezones away different festivities mark the end of October. We’ve put together a list of the top 3 ways October 31st is celebrated in Europe.
Day of the Witches – Spain
Festivities in Spain stretch across three days from October 31st to November 2nd as the dead are honoured and life celebrated. The holiday is unique in different regions, with Dia de las Brujas – the day of the witches – starting the festivities on Halloween. In Barcelona you’ll find celebrations on All Saint’s Day on November 1st where the city comes together to share sweets and cakes, and host one big fiesta.
Alla helgons dag – Sweden
All Saints’ Day, or alla helgons dag in Sweden is a time of reflection as winter envelopes the country’s north. Taking place in the week between October 31st and November 6th, it is a time when families remember loved ones by laying wreaths and lighting candles by their graves. Go for a walk at dusk to see graveyards flecked with tens of orange lights.
Samhain - Ireland
This festival of the dead celebrating the end of summer and the beginning of winter known as Samhain was a tradition of the Celts. In Inis Mór, one of the Aran Islands off Ireland’s west coast, locals still mark this occasion by wearing masks and remaining silent throughout the night of Halloween. It’s an eerie experience you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in the world.
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