Creepy And Strange Halloween Traditions Lurking Around The World
Halloween celebrated on October 31st, is a holiday that has evolved over the centuries, blending various customs and traditions from different cultures.
While it's known for costumes, candy, and haunted houses, there are also some spooky and eerie traditions associated with Halloween that can send shivers down your spine.
Check Out These Creepy Traditions From Around The World!
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) - Mexico
While Dia de los Muertos isn't technically a Halloween tradition, it coincides with the holiday and shares some eerie similarities.
In Mexico, families honor their deceased loved ones by creating elaborate altars adorned with marigolds, sugar skulls, and the favorite foods of the departed.
These colorful altars are believed to help guide the spirits back to the living world for a brief visit.
The vibrant colors and skeletons give this tradition a beautifully eerie vibe.
Dumb Supper - Scotland and Ireland
In parts of Scotland and Ireland, there's a tradition called the "Dumb Supper," where participants hold a silent meal in complete darkness on Halloween night.
The idea is to welcome the spirits of the deceased and communicate with them.
An empty place setting is often set at the table for the spirits to join the meal.
It's a hauntingly quiet and solemn tradition that can make you feel like you're dining with the departed.
Samhain - Celtic Origins
Halloween's roots can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.
It was believed that on the night of October 31st, the boundary between the living and the dead was at its thinnest, allowing spirits to pass into the earthly realm.
People would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off evil spirits and disguise themselves from the wandering souls.
The Legend of Stingy Jack - Ireland
The legend of Stingy Jack is a dark and eerie Irish folktale that has become intertwined with Halloween.
According to the story, Stingy Jack was a deceitful and stingy man who made a deal with the devil.
When he died, neither heaven nor hell would accept him, so he was left to roam the earth with only a hollowed-out turnip lantern to light his way.
People in Ireland and Scotland began carving their lanterns from turnips and potatoes to keep evil spirits like Stingy Jack away.
This tradition eventually evolved into the pumpkin carving we see today.
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