Most Weird Halloween Traditions In The World
Halloween is a fun time of the year before the Holidays when children dress up in their favorite cartoon or superhero costumes and ask for candy. In some cultures such as in Mexico, families believe this is a day their dead relatives will come home and pay a visit. In other areas such as in Des Moines and St. Louis children are expected to do an act or tell a joke before getting their candy. Read some of these fascinating tales below.
1 Mexico Celebrates Day of the Dead
In the Latin Culture Halloween also known as Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos is a three-day long festival where families make altars honoring their deceased relatives. The shrines include candy, the dead relatives’ favorite food, pictures, and anything that will honor the deceased. In Mexico, the residents believe this is the one day the dead come back home to pay their familiesa visit. In addition, many towns and villages will hold parades with dancers and a live person laying in a coffin as they are paraded through the community. The festivity ends at the cemetery of the deceased with a picnic. Families will attend the events and use this time to share memories and fix up the grave sites.
2 Tricks for Treats
In Des Moines and St. Louis to curb tail some of the horrible pranks that occur on mischief night several folks started a new tradition known as Tricks for Treats. Instead of saying Trick or Treat youngsters are supposed to say “tricks for treats” and tell a funny joke. The jokes are those weird ones you might see on a Popsicle stick. The whole concept here is to add a different yet fun way for children and the adult community to interact on this festive evening.
3 Carving Beets and Turnips
Most cultures know about carving pumpkins for Halloween. However, did you know that in Ireland, England and Scotland they were celebrating Halloween before the rest of the world. They had a neat way of celebrating it too. For example, they would carve their Jack 0 Lanterns using beets and turnips. The children would then go through their towns and instead of asking for candy they would ask for money. In fact, some families would hang out a carved turnip or beet to protect their homes from the spirits that are free to roam the earth on this mysterious evening.
4 Predict Your Future by Throwing Objects into the Bonfire
Now here is an unusual but unique tradition for Halloween festivities. In England, a popular tradition would be to build massive bonfires. Participants would throw objects into the fire. In a sense, it was a way of predicting their future. If a person threw a rock into the fire and it would disintegrate into the flames then the belief would be that person would not be around next year. If a couple threw an object into the fire and it exploded then, they would break up within a year. The objects would include vegetables, stones and nuts.
5 Trunk or Treating
In some locations across the United States to help keep their children safe on Halloween night many churches and communities sponsor a trunk or treating event. The event primarily involves families dressing up the trunks of their cars for the festivities. Children are supervised as they go from one person’s vehicle to another in a parking lot as they get their treats. What a neat yet festive way to keep our little ones safe.