It’s almost Halloween and we’re all ready for costume parties, caramel apples, and lots of candy corn! There are endless opportunities to celebrate Halloween here in Manhattan. Whether you check out the Village Halloween Parade on the 31st or take the Haunted Lantern Tour this weekend at Fort Totten Park in Queens, Halloween traditions are carried on in New York from year to year.
Globally, Halloween is celebrated with different traditions, activities, and rituals. Our friends in Sweden celebrate “Alla Helgons Dag” from October 31st until November 6th. In many parts of Sweden, businesses and universities have a shortened week in spirit of the celebrations.
Latin America is widely known to celebrate “El Dia de los Muertos”, translated as, “Day of the Dead”. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s known as a happy holiday to celebrating and remembering the deceased. The celebration begins on the night of October 31st and continues for 3 days. The dead are believed to return to their homes on Halloween. Many families set up a decorated altars in their homes for the deceased. Other families go to the graves of family member to tidy the grave up by cutting weeds and leaving flowers and other decorations. It’s even common for a living person to be put inside a coffin which is then paraded through the streets!
Did you know Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween? They uphold similar traditions that we have here in America. Trick or treating, Halloween parties, and bobbing for apples are all events we share. Whether you’re parading, trick-or-treating, or attending a costume party this weekend, share your Halloween plans with us on Facebook and Twitter!