16 Halloween Traditions From Around The World That Are Just TOO Creepy.
Fans of Halloween enjoy the secular holiday for a number of reasons. Many people, young and old, look forward to the opportunity to dress up in store-bought or handmade costumes and view it as an exciting way to share their creativity, fandom, or imagination.
Others are in it for the sweets. According to a survey conducted by the website Influenster, the most popular Halloween candy is candy corn. Americans also love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kats and Butterfingers. The National Retail Foundation predicts that Halloween spending on candy, costumes, and decorations will reach $8.4 billion this year, with each person spending an average of $82.93.
And then there are those who love all things spooky: ghost stories, horror films, pranks, and gore.
Whatever your reason is, you'll be delighted that there's more to Halloween than costumes, candy, and all things creepy. Below we've included some Halloween traditions, past and present, as well as some All-hallowtide customs from around the world. For example, All Saints' Day is observed on November 1 followed by All Souls' Day on November 2. Read about them now and try out something new this year.
#1. Fave dei Morti ("Beans of the Dead")
Fave dei Morti are bean-shaped almond cookies with cinnamon and rum or other flavorings that are to be enjoyed on All Souls' Day. Who knew the departed had such good taste?
According to legend, these cookies are given to well-behaved children by spirits. Around this time, there are also a variety of candied goods, some brightly colored and shaped like dolls.
#2. Hungry Ghost Festival
The Hungry Ghost Festival, also Yu Lan Jie or Zhong Yuan Jie, is a Buddhist and Taoist celebration held on the 15th night of the seventh Chinese month across Asia.
Spirits of deceased ancestors are believed to visit living family members and receive offerings. Pictured here is a participant throwing some make-believe money, which will later be burned alongside other effigies to please wandering spirits.
#3. Yu Lan (Hong Kong)
Hong Kong Chinese celebrate have their own Festival of Hungry Ghosts. It is arguably different because HK was able to preserve some of the festival's early traditions, something that proved to be difficult in the mainland due to the Cultural Revolution. Burning items such as fruit, money, and photographs is expected to appease the spirits.
#4. Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF
Two years ago, Zendaya served as the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF spokesperson. Children have collected change for other kids in need for over 60 years.
"Kids need more than candy," the Disney star stated. "They need basics like medicine, nutrition and clean drinking water, and millions of them wouldn't have these things without UNICEF."
Getty Images for UNICEF
#5. Devil's Night
As we've witnessed with creepy killer clown sightings, pranks are quite popular on Hallow's Eve. In Detroit, pranksters in the 1970s through the 90s would take it to another level by painting the town with vandalism and arson in what was later called Devil's Night or Mischief Night. These practices have since declined thanks to city officials promoting "Angels' Night."
Elaine Cromie / MLive Detroit
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