Does Spain Celebrate Halloween?
To be honest, Halloween was not big in Spain when I was a kid. However, thanks to the influence of American culture, Halloween has become increasingly popular in Spain over the past couple of decades.
Halloween Traditions in Spain:
🧛Costumes: You’ll find people of all ages, from children to adults, dressed up in creative and spooky costumes to participate in Halloween parties or trick-or-treating.
🍭Trick-or-Treating: Although it’s not as common and widespread as in North America, some Spanish children do go trick-or-treating (“¿truco o trato?” in Spanish) in the evening knocking on doors asking for candies and sweets.
🎃Halloween Parties: Halloween parties have gained popularity in recent years, and many clubs and bars host themed parties. It’s an opportunity to show off your costume, enjoy some spooky cocktails, and dance the night away.
✝️ All Saints’ Day: Knows as “El Día de Todos los Santos” the 1st of November is a very important day in Spain. All Saints’ Day is a public holiday, and families typically visit cemeteries to honor their deceased loved ones. The atmosphere is more solemn and reflective than the festive spirit of Halloween.
🌰“La Castanyada”: Last but not least, I want to share with you a tradition from my region, Catalonia. On the 31st of December we celebrate “La Castanyada”. We share a meal (usually dinner) with friends and/or family and roast chestnuts and sweet potatoes over open fires and eat “panellets” (traditional pastries made of almond).
While Halloween is not as deeply ingrained in Spanish culture as it is in some other countries, it’s undeniably growing in popularity and becoming a fun, international celebration.
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