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What Happens on Halloween in Italy??
Ever wonder what happens on Halloween in Italy?
There is a contradiction when it comes to Italy celebrating Halloween. Some say that this holiday is not celebrated in Italy due to the fact that Italy is a devoutly Catholic country and Halloween is a pagan festival. Some say Halloween is celebrated in February and It is called “Carnivale.” Carnivale is those two weeks right before Lent when Italians get crazy dressing up and playing tricks on their friends.
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When we were staying in Parma for our first 90-day adventure, we were headed to the grocery store the day before Halloween and found this small festival going on with food trucks and music. I think it was being held today (Sunday) as Halloween this year falls on a Monday. There were lots of families out celebrating on this beautiful afternoon. I didn’t see any children in costumes but I could have missed them.
I have read that the younger crowd has parties and little kids trick or treat, but not in the same sense of going house to house as in America because most everyone lives in apartments.
Some stores, not many, have Halloween cookies and decorations in the window displays. There are no “party stores” with rows of decorations anywhere to be found. I think Halloween is mostly an American thing due to American media influence.
Halloween is definitely not celebrated in Italy
on the same scale as America; that’s is for sure!!
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Editors Note: Originally posted on October 21, 2016. We have re-posted with a few updates.