Halloween Across the Globe

This weekend, there will be costumes, candy and celebrations all across the globe.  Take a look at some of the different ways – and places – one can celebrate All Hallows’ Eve.

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UNITED STATES

A now commercialized holiday, Halloween in the U.S. is a celebratory affair for both children and adults. From parties to trick-or-treating, this holiday is celebrated by most to the point of elaborate costumes and sugar overdoses.

Trick or treaters on the porchPhoto source here.

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IRELAND

In Ireland, celebrations for Halloween include bonfires and fireworks. As for costumes, most dress up as underworld creatures, such as ghosts, goblins, zombies…you know, the scary stuff. To really celebrate in Ireland, go to Londonderry where they have a street carnival and amazing fireworks.

Bonfire IrelandPhoto source here.

Ireland FireworksPhoto source here.

PHILIPPINES

Traditionally, All Saints Day is the holiday to celebrate in the Philippines and occurs on the first two days of November – similar to the Day of the Dead in Mexico. Their version of trick-or-treat is called pangangaluluwa and involves young people going door-to-door, dressed in white sheets, asking for money or food. Today, the rural areas still practice this tradition but most cities have adopted the Western traditions of Halloween costume parties and parades.

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ROMANIA

On October 31st in Romania, the holiday is celebrated around the spirit of Dracula. If you’re looking for a truly memorable experience, make your way to Transylvania and party at the citadel, Sighisoara. It’s the location where Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula, was born.

Bran CastlePhoto source here.

Festival-sighisoara RomaniaPhoto source here.

No matter where you are in the world, have a wonderful holiday celebration this weekend.

Cheers!

Jules

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