Halloween around the world
Just like Marmite, you either love or hate Halloween. Whether or not you decide to head out and ‘trick or treat’ to celebrate the annual occasion or have more party-based things planned, it’s an event that is almost impossible to avoid. With supermarket shelves filling up with black and orange decorations, sweets shaped like body parts and stringy fake cobwebs, we thought that there was no better time to look at the best ways to celebrate Halloween around the world.
Understanding how different countries approach the same event is part of the fun of living and working internationally, and appreciating the local culture.
Discover the different ways you could celebrate Halloween this year, below!
Even though Halloween wasn’t always celebrated in the United States, in recent years, celebrating the occasion has become quite a phenomenon. In the run-up to 31st October, you will be able to find something that screams ‘Halloween’ around every corner, from carved pumpkins or ‘jack-o’-lanterns’, to candy corn. On the night of Halloween, children and parents head out in their masses to fill their bags and buckets with candy. If you’re looking for an event to get your pulse racing, arrange a night at the Horseman’s Hollow in New York. Here, you will embark on a haunted trail through a town cursed by Headless Horseman and escape Ichabod’s Schoolhouse.
Britain might not go as wild for Halloween as America, but it is still fairly common to celebrate the occasion. From decorating your home with eerie decorations like creepily realistic spider webs and cauldrons and hosting your own house party, to heading out on the night of Halloween to ‘Trick Or Treat’, there is something for all ages to enjoy. True thrill seekers should head to some of the most popular theme parks in the UK. Thorpe Park host several fright nights throughout the month of October, giving people the chance to test their nerves in several live scare zones and mazes complete with roaming actors.
Hong Kong is yet another fantastic Halloween destination, consisting of several celebrations including parades and street parties. By celebrating Halloween at Disneyland in Hong Kong, you truly are in for a wicked time! From Mickey’s Halloween Time Street Party and Halloween Time Festival Gardens to the opportunity to meet the Disney villains such as Captain Hook and the Queen of Hearts after dark, the possibilities are endless. Younger guests can spend time creating their own ‘Treat or Treat’ baggies across the park and can enjoy a number of ‘devilish bites’ throughout their visit for an unforgettable Halloween experience.
Halloween in Mexico is vastly different compared to the rest of the world. Here, Halloween is known as the Day of the Dead or ‘Día de Los Muertos’ and celebrations take place throughout the end of October, not just a single night. If you’re looking for the ultimate experience, one of the best places to see these meaningful celebrations in action is in the town of Oaxaca in Southeastern Mexico. From beautifully decorated alters and sand tapestries, to lively processions, you certainly won’t want to miss one of the biggest celebrations of the year in Mexico!
Regardless of where in the world you will be celebrating Halloween this year, you can rest assured that you won’t lack events to attend. If you’re thinking about moving abroad and would like to find out how we can support your move from A to B, get in touch with a member of our friendly expert team on 0208 961 4141, today.