Halloween Traditions From Around The World

When we think of Halloween, most of us think of dressing up in costumes, going trick-or-treating, and carving pumpkins with our friends and families. While these fun activities have become staples of our holiday traditions, but many other countries celebrate Halloween very differently. This week, the team at Arrowhead Title is here to broaden your horizons with this quick look at some of the different ways other countries celebrate Halloween.


Many Celtic families celebrate Halloween in many of the same ways we do. Children dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating. Some children also bob for apples or play "snap-apple," a game in which an apple is hung from a string and the kids take turns trying to bite into the dangling fruit. In some areas, Celtic people also light bonfires to honor the sacred fires burned centuries ago.


Halloween festivals in China are called "Teng Chieh." Traditionally, Chinese people place water and food in front of pictures of friends and family members who have passed on. They also light candles and bonfires.


The French typically Halloween a very "American" holiday, so their celebrations tend to closely resemble ours. Many people dress up in costumes and attend parties at friends' and families' homes; the difference is that most French people tend to go for scary costumes, whereas many of us here in the States go for cute, silly, or fictional costumes.


In Korea, Halloween observances are known as "Chusok" and are actually held in August. People observe the holiday by bringing offerings of fruits and rice to the tombs of their ancestors.


Holiday traditions in Germany tend to resemble ours quite a bit. Children dress up in costumes, families go trick-or-treating, and people of all ages carve pumpkins. Many people also take the opportunity to visit the graves of loved ones who have passed on.


The Japanese do not celebrate Halloween, but they do celebrate "Obon," usually in August or July. Those who have passed on are believed to revisit the places where they were born during this time, and the Japanese people light candles and lanterns to light their journeys. 

Happy Halloween from Arrowhead Title!

No matter how you choose to celebrate Halloween, we hope you and your family have a positively spooktacular time! If you ever find yourself thinking of buying real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks, please consider us for your title insurance needs. We would love to help you buy a house at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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