With Halloween approaching House of Coco take a look at spooky traditions around the world.
Of course the obvious destination that springs to mind is the USA renowned for sticky candy, trick or treating and over the top costumes. However, there are plenty of more countries with impressive haunted traditions.
Dai de Los Muertos or known to us as Day of The Dead occurs the following two days after Halloween. A festival celebrating the dead and turning sadness into happiness. Positive vibes only here. Mexicans welcome back to earth the souls of their deceased loved ones by building fancy alters, decorating graves and holding candlelit processions. The festival consists of Christianity combined with classic Halloween. The Mexicans are big fans of food and dressing up. Delicious sweets such as, Pan de muertos (Dead bread sweet roll) and spun-sugar skulls (Gummy sweets) are on offer to balance the bitterness of death. The female boss, La Catrina, is the main symbol of the event and displayed across household decorations, public displays and face paints. As she is dressed in a fancy Victorian gown with skull candy makeup. A very popular Halloween costume option in the 21st century especially with makeup artists. The story behind La Catrina is to make fun of death and make it lighter hearted.
Top cities to celebrate: San Miguel, Michoacan and Oaxaca.
A country famous for its flamboyant, wonderful and wacky culture. There is never a dull moment here especially on the night of Halloween. Believe it or not Halloween is fairly new to the city, as it was introduced in the 2000’s. Costumes and parties are loved by the Japanese but they steer away from the door-to-door trick or treating. Kospure is the dressing up of animated movie characters something Japan is well known for with the likes of Hello Kitty being very popular. On Halloween they combine Kospure costumes with terrifying traditions of the American holiday. From street parties and parades to flash mobs, zombie runs and parties they celebrate in style. Amusement parks are the main attraction on the fright night. Disneyland holds a huge parade with scary performers, haunted attractions and dance parties. At midnight the park’s characters transform into ghostly versions of themselves to haunt the streets.
Top cities to celebrate: Tokyo, Osaka and Kanagawa
For many years there has been conflict amongst the public about the rise of Halloween due to it being celebrated on the same day as Reformation Day which is a religious holiday for Catholics. Pumpkin festivals are very popular starting from early September. Pumpkins will appear all around cities carved with vicious looking faces. They are also a popular dish here! However, there is one rule in this country: the costume has to follow tradition to be scary not a modern looking pretty princess. Mayen Market Festival of Magic consists of a parade, pumpkin carving and plenty of German beer.
Top cities to celebrate: Darmstadt, Essen and Mayen
Just like the spooky cartoon film Hotel Transylvania, filled with blood thirsty Draculas and ginormous monsters, the country has a creeptacular feeling with its outstanding gothic architecture and forests. Bran Castle, once said to be the home of Vlad the Impaler Dracula, is the number one spot to give locals and tourists the chills – only the brave visit here on the night of Halloween. A special Halloween tour includes live medieval Romanian folk music and the infamous Count Dracula wedding. Certainly do not forget your costume in this country with expectations to be extra scary! Vampires and ghosts are the most popular choice. The following night garlic is brought out as a form of protection against ghosts – maybe the superstition is true after all.
Top cities to celebrate: Transylvania, Bucharest and Sibu