Halloween has become a huge holiday tradition and a boosted business over the centuries in the western world. Stores, malls and restaurants decorate their windows with Halloween gadgets; bakers and cafes cook up some special Halloween style desserts and candies; Supermarkets deck out special Halloween shelves for jack-o’-lanterns and trick-or-treating stuff. Here are some unique Halloween trends celebrated by some European countries:
Halloween over the years took many different shapes and was called many different names but now this event in England is all about making ‘punkies’ and going trick or treating door to door for the kids and colorful costume parties for adults.
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In Austria, there’s a strange tradition of leaving bread, water and a lighted lamp out on the table before retiring on Halloween night. The reason for this is to welcome the dead souls back to earth because Austrians believed it to be brimming with strong cosmic energies.
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The Belgians light candles in memory of their dead relatives on Halloween night.
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French usually celebrate Halloween with scary costume parties at friends’ homes, restaurants, clubs or bars. The popular costume trends include mummies, ghosts, goblins, witches, and vampires.
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The spectacular Old Jewish Cemetery, the Torture Museum, Sedlec Ossuary, the mysterious Charles Bridge all of these make up for a perfect setting for Halloween many legends and local ghoulish stories belong to this town.
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Spaniard’s need just a little push for parties so Halloween is pretty much spent partying and parading around the streets. People also gather in cemeteries to pray over the graves of their late relatives, leaving flowers, candles and other offerings for their loved ones.
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