Halloween the Italian Way
Wed Oct 2014
As you may already know, Halloween is not a traditional Italian celebration. However, since the 1990s, the popularity of Halloween has been constantly growing. Nowadays, if you are in Italy on the 31st of October you are likely to find many little trick-or-treaters. Kids like to dress up for Halloween, but adults do too! Halloween parties are really popular now, and you will find plenty of them organised in most towns and cities. Most shops will also be selling Halloween decorations and costumes.
Celebrated by Italians, Halloween is mostly an occasion to party and have fun in scary costumes. Traditionally, Italians celebrate the 1st of November, All Saints Day, which is also a public holiday. On this day, Catholics attend church masses, which are also held on the 2nd of November, All Souls’ Day. On the 1st of November families usually go to the cemetery and visit the graves of their loved ones. They usually start to clean and prepare the grave a few days in advance. On All Saints Day graves are beautifully decorated with flowers and candles.
Halloween clearly has some similarities with the Italian Carnevale, which in the Christian calendar precedes the start of the Lent. It is the time of the year when one is allowed to break some rules, eat a lot of food, have fun and become someone else by wearing a costume. In conclusion, a good occasion to party should never be missed! Be it during Halloween or Carnevale, come to Italy with us and enjoy the playful atmosphere!