8 Halloween celebrations from around the world
Halloween is not only celebrated within the confines of haunted houses and pumpkin patches! Here are eight of the oddest or largest celebrations of the spooky season
Cauldrons bubbling, skeletons rattling and candy disappearing faster than a ghost in the night—it is that time of year again when Halloween's spell sweeps across the globe. While you may associate All Hallows' Eve with trick-or-treating in your neighbourhood, there is a whole world of eerie, unexpected places where the spirit of Halloween lurks in the shadows.
It's time to dust off your broomstick and hop on a virtual flight around the world as we uncover eight spine-tingling locales where Halloween has taken root in the most unexpected and enchanting ways.
1. The International Space Station: Halloween in zero gravity
Blast off to the cosmos where even astronauts can't escape the gravitational pull of Halloween fun. Yes, you heard it right—the International Space Station celebrates Halloween too! Picture astronauts donning costumes, decorating their quarters and carving out-of-this-world space oranges.
These cosmic explorers may not have your typical trick-or-treaters knocking on their airlock, but they have certainly mastered the art of floating candy bags. It must be easier to dress as Superman when you can quite literally "fly".
2. Salem, Massachusetts: witchful thinking
If you are into history with a side of hocus-pocus, Salem is your spellbinding destination. Infamous for its witch trials in the late 17th century, the city embraces its supernatural legacy. Witch museums, haunted tours and elaborate witch trials reenactments turn Salem into a bewitching playground, with curious trick-or-treaters seeking out psychics and tarot card readers for a glimpse into the future.
"When in Salem, do as the witches do"
The highlight of the city during this time has to be the Official Witches’ Halloween Ball that encapsulates the magical spirit of the city complete with live music, dancing and a costume contest. Just remember, when in Salem, do as the witches do!
3. Underwater Halloween: diving into the deep-sea haunt
Deep-sea divers, prepare your flippers for an eerie underwater experience like no other. Some underwater enthusiasts are so bewitched by Halloween that they have taken the plunge to celebrate below Bermuda waves.
This annual event picks an offshore shipwreck as its destination and marries typical seasonal merriment such as costume-wearing and pumpkin carving with the underwater aspect of it all. It is a bubbling cauldron of creativity that is sure to make a splash!
4. Tokyo, Japan: ghoul meets world
Pack your ghost-catching gear and head to Tokyo, where Halloween has transformed from an obscure foreign celebration into a Japanese pop culture phenomenon. Here, the streets come alive with a ghoulish blend of kawaii and macabre. Costume-clad revellers throng Shibuya Crossing, Japan's busiest pedestrian intersection, while themed parades and eerie illuminations cast a spell of delight.
"An infectious spirit of playfulness electrifies the night, showcasing Tokyo's flair for innovation "
An infectious spirit of playfulness electrifies the night, creating a bewitching experience that showcases Tokyo's flair for innovation while celebrating Halloween in a style that is entirely its own.
5. Mexico City, Mexico: Dia de los Muertos
In the land of mariachis and mole, Halloween meets its soulful and often colourful cousin, "Dia de los Muertos," on November 1 and 2. This tradition honours deceased loved ones, blending indigenous Aztec beliefs with Catholicism.
Mexicans create intricate altars adorned with marigolds, sugar skulls, and the favourite foods of the departed, inviting their spirits back for a celestial feast. It is a harmonious dance between the living and the dead, where death itself becomes a reason to celebrate.
6. Antarctica: The chill of the night
When you think of Antarctica, Halloween might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, even in this icy wilderness where penguins reign supreme, Halloween has found its frosty footing.
Researchers stationed at Antarctic research bases turn the bitter cold into a "cool" Halloween celebration. They break out the costumes, share spooky tales and create Halloween-themed decorations with an icy twist. Why be freezing in the cold when you can have a chill sent right up your spine?
7. Transylvania, Romania: halloween in Dracula's Castle
Sink your fangs into the embrace of Transylvania, home to Bram Stoker's legendary vampire, Dracula. The region's rich history and legendary associations make it a captivating destination for those seeking a Halloween experience with a distinct and spine-tingling Transylvanian twist.
"The region's legendary associations make it a captivating destination for those seeking a Halloween experience"
Bran Castle, often linked to the vampire's lair, transforms into a nightmarish haven for Halloween enthusiasts. Cobweb-clad corridors, costumed characters, and thrilling parties make it a hair-raising experience for all brave enough to visit. Count Dracula might not be home, but the spirit of the night sure is.
8. New Orleans, Louisiana: The voodoo and vampire capital
New Orleans casts its magical spell year-round and Halloween is no exception. The city's rich history of voodoo, pirates and mysterious bayous makes it the ideal cauldron for Halloween revelry.
With the city being known for its vibrant culture, lively music scene and rich culinary traditions, this is the place to be for an unforgettable Halloween celebration. Through ghost tours, elaborate costumes and the aura of the city's enchanting history, Halloween in the Big Easy becomes a bewitching blend of French, African, Spanish and American tradition and folklore.
Banner credit: Halloween (Svetlana Popova)
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