The Daily Meal looks at how the world celebrates Halloween
If you have entered any chain store in the United States within the past month, there is no escaping the fact that the haunting holiday of Halloween is slowly creeping up on us. It is the one day out of the year where people are encouraged to dress up as someone they’re not, partake in classic Halloween rituals, and eat copious amounts of candy.
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From dressing up in elaborate costumes and carving jack-o'-lanterns to watching scary movies and eating our weight in miniature candy bars, there are endless ways to celebrate in the United States. American Halloween customs are well known, but how does the rest of the world celebrate the ghoulish date?
How do holidays such as Oíche Shamhna in Ireland, Dia de los Muertos in Mexico, and Guy Fawkes Night in the United Kingdom fit into the holiday that seemingly all children in the U.S. know and love?
Turns out, many of these holidays fit together to make one spooky puzzle — bonfires, costumes, parades, and festivals around the world are part of many countries' individual holidays. If you are traveling through these places anytime from October through December, these holidays are sure to give you a frightening fix jam-packed with rich history and culture, not to mention a sugar rush.
Nikki Maniscalco is a Junior Writer at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @NikkiMarie2116
We have something scary for you…. September is almost OVER! We can’t believe that we are already heading into October and the chill has officially set in. We have already been loving everything cozy from warm sweaters to apple cider or pumpkin flavored everything!
As we head into October, we do get the fantastic opportunity to start decorating for one of our very favorite holidays – Halloween! Last year, we shared on our blog where some of the best pumpkin patches and orchards are for a great day with the family or friends. Not to mention, we shared our love of watching Charlie Brown’s The Great Pumpkin every year. You can read the blog here to see some of the great patches around the cities that you need to check out.
Alright, so now that you know all the places you have to go after looking over our list. We have to get your home feeling like Halloween is coming. We want your trick-or-treaters to be happy, and for you to have a spook-tacular day as well!
If your place of residence is like mine, Halloween candy and treats have probably already started showing up and it can be hard to resist sneaking a treat between meals. You also might be preparing for a big Halloween Party that will be full of delicious but unhealthy treats and drinks. How are you ever going to make it out of the Halloween season without gaining ten pounds? Trust me, there is a way, and today I want to share with you some of my ideas for how to avoid the Halloween weight gain.
When candy for trick or treaters starts showing up at your house, it can be hard to resist reaching for a piece pre and post trick or treating and of course, one piece can quickly turn into a dozen. The best thing to do in this situation is to practice self control—it’s a great skill to have.
I’ve found the best way to maintain self control is to not deny myself what I am craving, but instead to limit my cravings. So if I have candy lying around the house I will go ahead and allow myself to have one piece a day (two if I’ve had an extremely active day) and just that. I find that indulging myself just a little makes it easier to walk away in the end.
It might not work for everyone, and it may take some practice, but overall it’s a great way to still enjoy your favorite Halloween treats without feeling guilty about gaining weight.
If self control’s not your forte but you still need to pass out candy at your place, buy a type of candy you don’t like. It’s the easiest way to keep yourself from snacking between trick or treaters. That way you won’t even be tempted to snack.
Keep healthy treats around instead
The best thing about Halloween is the season it takes place in. If you haven’t noticed by this blog yet, fall is by far my absolute favorite season. There are so many yummy treats out there to indulge on: apples, squash, pumpkin, and more. Why eat candy when you can eat something healthy and even more delicious. Have a sweet tooth? Have an apple with peanut butter or a little bit of caramel drizzle (but just a little) or sprinkle a little cinnamon on butternut squash and bake it. The possibilities for yummy treats are endless!
Heading out for a party, limit your alcohol consumption
As fun as Halloween parties can be, after a certain age they will inevitably involve alcohol, and as tempting as that may be, alcoholic drinks contain just as much, if not more sugar than that candy you are trying to avoid. Not only can sugar cause you to gain weight, but it can also cause you to break out which no one wants. So set your limit for the night to just a couple of drinks. After all, you don’t want to overdue it.
If you’re heading out to the bar, just take enough money for a couple of drinks, that way you won’t be tempted to drink more. Plus, if you aren’t drinking much you won’t be as tempted to snack on unhealthy foods throughout the night. It’s a double win.
Party foods are often fatty, greasy, and overall unhealthy. But at the same time, they can be very tempting and very addicting. To avoid craving those foods while you’re out and to help keep you away from the food table, eat a healthy and filling meal before you go out. If your stomach is full, you’ll have an easier time avoiding the snacks.
Those are just some of my tips to avoid the tricks of Halloween and still enjoy the treats! Let me know some of your tricks down in the comments below and what you are most looking forward to this Halloween!
Time is running out to 'trick’ and 'treat’ at Kings Island’s fall celebration
Make no bones about it, Kings Island’s new Tricks And Treats Fall Fest has been a popular choice for family-friendly Halloween activities and fall fun this year.
The event that runs every Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 1, has tricks and treats on the agenda. Here are some things to know before you go.
1) Safety is being taken seriously
Everyone who enters the grounds is temperature checked and face masks are required. With spacious grounds, it is easy to practice social distancing throughout the park.
2) Trick or treating is encouraged
Trick-or-treating is the center of any Halloween and one of the activities at Tricks And Treats Fall Fest, so wear your Halloween costumes and go candy hunting at designated trick-or-treating spots throughout the park where kids will receive individually packaged tasty treats.
3) The decor will get you in the spirit
The park is completely decked out in spooky fall décor prepared by Kings Island’s entertainment team. From pumpkins to giant skeletons to surprise spiders, it’s a fun place to wander around and soak in and enjoy the visuals.
The park invites everyone from babies and tots to tweens and adults to wear their Halloween best and join in one of their many costume contests. Don’t have a costume? Snag a Halloween-themed face mask or get a Monster Makeover. Decorate your own pumpkin and watch as talented pumpkin artisans decorate incredible masterpieces.
5) Entertainment is on the menu
A fang-tastic time is in store with fall-themed family and adults-only game shows, dance parties, corn and hay mazes, a QR quest, a challenge course, pint-sized tractor rides, craft making and much more. Rides like the Orion and The Beast roller coasters will be open to deliver the thrills and chills the park has become known for.
6) Food is also on the menu
Purchase a Tricks And Treats food tasting card at any participating location and enjoy six food tastings of your choice. For those with a smaller appetite, all of the Tricks and Treats are available for purchase à la carte. The park has plenty of tables and seating to stay physically apart from anyone that’s not in your group. From zombie poutine and toxic mac to witch’s grilled cheese, you’ll find a wide assortment of sweets and savories at Tricks And Treats Fall Fest. Tricks And Treats Food Tasting Cards are available in advance online and allows you to enjoy six food tastings of your choice.
PHOTOS: Tasty treats at Kings Island's new Tricks and Treats food tasting
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How to go
What: King’s Island Tricks And Treats Fall Fest
Where: 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason
When: Saturday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. through Nov. 1 and is included with park admission to Kings Island. The purchase of a Kings Island Gold Pass will get you in now as well as next year.
Cost: A Tricks and Treats bundle is $55 and includes admission, parking and a tasting card that allows for three tastings.
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These Trick-or-Treat cookies have a surprise inside. Each cookie either holds a treat, like mini chocolate candies, or a trick, here they are small sugar ants. Which will you get? You’ll have to break one open to find out.
How to make Trick-or-Treat cookies:
Make one or more batches of cut out cookie dough (recipe below, or use your favorite) and after chilling it take it out of the fridge to warm up so it can be rolled out. Preheat your oven to 350 and clear a shelf in your fridge or a spot in your freezer large enough to hold a cookie sheet.
Roll out one half of your dough between two sheets of parchment paper to a 1/4th inch thickness. Remove the top layer of parchment and cut out your cookies, dipping the cutter in flour to keep it from sticking. We’ll be baking the cookies on this same parchment so space them about an inch apart.
Right now you are cutting two parts of each cookies (the top and the bottom) so if you have an asymmetrical cutter be sure to flip it over and cut half of them mirror image, as shown above.
Trim the parchment away from the dough so that it’s small enough to sit on your cookie sheet and slide the parchment onto the cookie sheet. Put this in the fridge or freezer to firm up so you can pull away the excess dough.
Later we’ll baking the cookies right on this sheet so trimming the parchment means they’ll bake flat. I keep the cookies on this same parchment throughout so they don’t have a chance to lose their shape.
Once the dough has firmed up pull away the excess from around the cut out shapes. You can save the scraps for more cookies later.
Before baking chill the cookies and the cookie sheet again for about 10 minutes before putting them in the oven. (You can roll out your second layer while you’re waiting, instructions are just under the next photo.)
Bake for about 10 minutes, checking and rotating the cookie sheet half way through. After that check often and remove once the edges of the cookies are just starting to look brown and the tops look set.
Slide the parchment onto a cooling rack and let them sit for a few minutes until the cookies are cool and strong enough to slide them off the parchment and right onto the cookie rack.
Roll your second half of the dough to 1/2″ or 3/8″ thick. You’ll be cutting the middles for you cookies so only cut half as many this time, so if you cut six earlier, you only need three now. (No need to make mirror image cut outs this time.) Use smaller cutters to create a hole in the center of each shape.
Trim the parchment, slide onto a cookie sheet and chill the dough as you did for the first round. When it’s firm remove the excess dough from the outside as well as the inside of your shapes.
Again, chill these very well on the cookie sheet before baking them. Check and rotate after five minutes and keep an eye on them after that. Remove when the bottom edges begin to brown and cool carefully, as you did for the first set.
While your cookie pieces are cooling mix up some glue from one cup of powdered sugar and four tablespoons of milk (as per the recipe below). Put this into a sandwich sized zip bag and clip a teeny tiny corner off.
Lay your cookies out so the bottom piece has the flattest side up, the middle and tops will have the flattest side down. When constructed the top and the bottom of your cookies will show the pretty side that was up while they were baking and they’ll look nice and tidy. If you have asymmetrical cookies here be sure all the bits will match when they are sandwiched.
Glue the middle part of your cookie to the bottom.
Fill the cookies with your trick or your treat. Be random, no cheating! Don’t overfill them and check to make sure the top of your cookie will fit on with no trouble. It’s much easier to do this not before more sugar glue is introduced.
I made four different shapes: pumpkins, ghosts, tombstones and coffins (my favorite).
A detail shot to show the middle layer of cookie is a bit thicker than the top and bottom layers.
Glue the top on, decorate if you’d like, and you’re done! Now, serve these and see how much fun people have breaking them open.
Important: Make sure anything you might put inside these cookies is edible, you don’t want somebody accidentally swallowing something like a plastic spider (which I really, really wanted to hide inside these).
These cookies were inspired by the Pinata Cookies made over at She Knows, which are genius. Since I didn’t need mine to be striped I used a cut out sugar cookie recipe instead and created a thicker middle layer. I did try to cut the cookies out when the dough comes out of the oven and is still warm, the technique that is in the She Knows recipe, but found it created an edge that was too crumbly.
I used a set of seven Halloween cookie cutters made by Wilton for the cookies you see here. I cannot seem to find the same set online, it came packaged in a coffin shaped box and it’s probably already 50% off at Joann. The middles of my cookies were cut out using my Ateco 12-piece round cutters, which I love and find myself using often.
I find rolling dough to be tedious so I invested in a Roll-Pat (that page shows it as Roul-Pat but mine says Roll-Pat on it). It’s similar to a Silpat but oversized and the bottom layer grips your counter top. This is lovely because I prefer to roll dough between two layers of parchment and this keeps the parchment from slipping on my counter top. Love it, especially as what I think of as gingerbread construction season arrives.
There are so many options for what tricks you can hide inside, here I used some black cake decorations made by Wilton, they are complete edible but don’t taste like much. I also considered some small flat sour gummy candies, salted licorice coins, various cake decorations (skull and crossbones!) and Pop Rocks. For the treats the only things could find that are small enough are mini M&Ms or (my favorite) Valrhona Perles Craquant. Sadly I found that Reeses Pieces or candy corn wouldn’t fit inside, I tried. A friend mentioned that mini-candy corn might exist in the world and if I’d managed to find some I definitely would have used that as well.
I’m also considering seeing if I can make the coffin cookies tall enough to fill with some sugar skeleton pieces I found. I’d also include the Valrhona Perles Craquant as graveyard dirt. And small gummi worms if I can find some.
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Trick-or-Treat Cookies Recipe
- 12.0 ounces (2.5 cups) all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I love the vanilla paste made by Nielsen-Massey)
- gel food coloring (optional)
Mix together your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and salt).
Beat the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for a minute more. If you’re adding food coloring put a few drops in now, it’ll be easier to see how much you need to add later and speed the process up.
With your mixer on a low speed gradually add half your flour. Take a moment to add more food coloring here if you’re using it and think you need it. Mix everything on low for a minute here, we need these cookies to be strong over tender so developing a little gluten won’t hurt. Add the rest of the flour and mix until everything all comes together.
Divide the dough into two balls. Flatten each a little and wrap individually in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge until firm, four hours or overnight.
Each amount of dough will make six to eight Trick-or-Treat Cookies.
Note: I tried a number of cut out cookie recipes that spread too much for me and settled on a recipe from Real Simple that @seventenclark on Twitter pointed me towards and for which I ended up making a few changes. If you have a cut out cookie recipe you like go ahead and use it. I didn’t get to test the following recipes but they were also recommended on Twitter: Inchmark, Joy of Cooking, Dorie Greenspan, Annie’s Eats, and Jamie’s grandmother’s recipe. Thanks everybody!
13 Ways to Celebrate Halloween without Trick or Treating
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We LOVE Halloween. My daughter has been talking about Halloween for weeks.
She’s really concerned that we won’t be able to do the things that we normally do – like trick or treating.
So we decided to brainstorm some ideas to make the holiday fun even IF we can’t go trick or treating. (We’re not.)
Most of these ideas are from my 9 year old – so you know they’re kid approved!
You can even combine a couple of these for maximum Halloween Fun!
1. Host a Spooky Outside Halloween Movie Night
Set up a movie projector and show some of your favorite Halloween Movies.
Some of our favorite Halloween Movies are: Spookley the Square Pumpkin, Goosebumps, Monster House, Hocus Pocus, Scoob, Addams Family, Ghostbusters, Room on the Broom, & Hotel Transylvania.
If you’re looking for a movie projector this is the one we recently purchased based on some really great reviews.
2. Create a Haunted Backyard
Visit your local dollar or craft store and buy lots of spooky skeletons, ghosts, and gravestones.
Better yet, get your kids to help create them from cardboard and other recycled materials and place them around your yard.
Hang spiders and spiderwebs, giant spiders, bats and skulls from trees.
Set up black lights and even a fog machine to turn your backyard into a haunted graveyard.
Play spooky music and have adults dress up in costumes & hide behind tress, while the kids walk through the Spooky Backyard.
3. Create a Halloween Scavenger Hunt
We love these FREE Halloween Scavenger Hunt Printables from Full Heart Mommy.
Gather some prizes like: candy, stampers, stickers, crayons, bubbles, etc. Everyone needs a prize!
Hide the scavenger hunt items around your house or yard.
Give each child the scavenger hunt list and set them free! (Little ones may need some help with this part.)
My kids LOVE a good scavenger hunt and it helps burn off some of that sugar!
4. Make your own Halloween Costumes
We love making our own Halloween Costumes!
Every year my daughter spends weeks scouring Pinterest looking for the best costume ideas.
Then we head to Joann’s to buy fabric and supplies to make our costumes.
I’m in NO WAY the best sewer, but the fun is in making our creations together!
Some of our past Halloween Costumes include: Hermione Granger, Rey from Star Wars, Renaissance Princess, Baby Owl, White Wolf, Peppa Pig, Maleficent and many more. (You can see the Harry Potter theme below..)
5. Have a Halloween Dance Party
Crank up the music this Halloween! Have a kid friendly Halloween Dance Party.
Let your kids help you put together a super fun playlist for Halloween.
Include some awesome Halloween songs like: Monster Mash, I Put a Spell on You, Five Little Pumpkins, Ghostbusters, She Wolf, Purple People Eater, Hedwigs Theme & Thriller.
Do a freeze dance where you stop the music and everyone has to freeze.
Give out prizes for best, silliest and most creative dancers.
6. Neighborhood Social Distance Halloween Parade
Halloween Parades near us are epic! They sometimes last for hours and kids walk away with buckets of candy.
This year, we won’t likely be attending a public parade, but we might be able to have our own Halloween Parade.
Contact a few neighbors and plan a socially-distanced Halloween Parade.
Have neighbors come out and wave from their porches & yards. Let neighbors know in advance that this is a no treat parade.
We may not be trick or treating, but we can still show off our Halloween Costumes to our neighbors.
Plan ahead to fill your kids treat buckets at home after the parade.
7. Halloween Costume Contest
Buy some fun prizes or silly trophies and have a Halloween Costume Contest.
Plan a bunch of costume categories so that all of the kids get a prize.
Choose your own Halloween Costume Categories – some of our favorite categories are: scariest costume, best costume, funniest costume, most original, & best DIY costume.
8. Pumpkin Hunt
Who doesn’t love Easter Egg Hunts?
That’s why I thought I’d plan a Pumpkin Hunt for Halloween this year instead of Trick or Treating.
I love the idea of filling these little Halloween Buckets with treats & surprises for a Pumpkin Hunt in our backyard.
9. Make all of your Favorite Halloween Snacks
Halloween is all about the treats…and the tricks. But mostly the treats around here.
My kids LOVE when I make Halloween themed snacks to celebrate the holiday.
My daughter & I made these super cute cupcakes with a white chocolate spider web and a plastic spider.
DIRECTIONS: Melt some white chocolate chips, pour into a squeeze bottle and drizzle a spider web shape onto parchment paper.
Pinterest has so many fun and creative Halloween snack ideas. The Prudent Penny Pincher put together an awesome list of 100 Ideas for Halloween Snacks.
10. Have a Bonfire & Tell Ghost Stories
Did you know that there’s a full moon on Halloween this year? SPOOKY
It will be a perfect night to tell ghost stories around the bonfire.
Make up your own spooky stories or check out some of these kid-friendly ones that we found.
11. Pumpkin Carving or Painting Contest
Gather a bunch of pumpkins from your local farm stand and have a contest to see who can carve the best Pumpkin.
Pick up a pumpkin carving kit complete with stencils and lots of different tools to make your pumpkin a masterpiece!
If you’re kids are little bit younger, you may opt to paint the pumpkins rather than carve them.
Kids will love the chance to win these fun Halloween Ribbons and Medals for best pumpkin, funniest pumpkin, scariest pumpkin, most original and more.
12. Ghost a Friend or Neighbor
Put together a basket of fun Halloween Treats for a neighbor and deliver them in secret!
You can include a fun printable like this one from The Happier Homemaker that includes instructions for your neighbor to follow.
Before you know it, everyone in the neighborhood will have a “We’ve been Booed” sign on in their window.
13. Play Halloween Games
My kids love playing games – board games, card games, yard games & especially those crazy “minute to win it” games.
So, to burn off a little bit of energy this Halloween from all of that sugar, I’m planning some Halloween themed games for the kids.
There are so many fun and silly ideas: Hang donuts on a string and race to see who can eat it first (with no hands), Bob for apples (oldie but a goodie), Use a straw to pick up candy corn, Cup stacking, Toilet paper mummy wrap.
Jen Bradley Moms has a bunch of fun Halloween “Minute to Win it” Kids Games.
Play Party Plan has tons of great Fall Party Game ideas if you’re looking for inspiration.
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Thow an (Outdoor) Pumpkin Decorating Party
If the weather is right, you can have a small pumpkin carving or decorating party in an outdoor space. Set the stations up in advance following social distance guidelines with any supplies: if carving, tools or use paints or other decorating items. If you're feeling really ambitious, you can prep the pumpkins in advance and print out templates or try one of these amazing no-carve ideas.
If you aren't able or aren't comfortable doing this with a small group of kids, you can still do it with your own kids. Even if you do this every year, make sure this year it's a bit more festive and a bigger deal.
Tricks to Avoid the Treats
Halloween is just around the corner, which means two things are unavoidable next week: 1) scary costumes and 2) CANDY! While you might not be able to do much about the scary costumes, you can certainly arm yourself with “tricks” to minimize the intake of sweets that come your way. Here are just a few of our favorite tips for you to try next week:
1) Don’t Make it All or Nothing
The key to maintaining a healthy weight over the long run is moderation of high calorie foods. Depriving yourself of everything all the time, at least for most of us, is a recipe for disaster for long-term and sustained weight loss. Having a piece of candy here or there is better than not having any at all on Halloween and then binge eating later in the week. It’s Halloween and you certainly should enjoy the spirit of the day and enjoy your favorite candy, just don’t have a lot of it.
Often times, the candy we eat comes from the leftover candy we did not give out on Halloween. We usually don’t open the packages of candy until right before the kids come to the door so there usually is little risk of consuming a lot beforehand. Afterward is a whole other story. Get rid of all the candy DURING Halloween and you won’t be tempted AFTER Halloween. This might mean giving out more to each person as you approach the end of the evening, making some late trick-or-treaters very happy, but at least it will be out of sight and out of mind.
We all have our favorites that are hard to resist. A very easy way of eliminating any unnecessary temptation is to not buy those favorites and in fact, purchase candy that you out right hate eating. You won’t be tempted to snack on these while you give out the candy and you certainly won’t indulge after Halloween with these treats around.
If all else fails and you indulge a little too much on the candy, don’t beat yourself up as it’s not the end of the world. The important thing is to make sure it doesn’t derail you from your overall diet and to get back on track right away!
12 Unique Halloween Traditions Around The World
It's that time of year in Chicago. The leaves are changing colors and the October chill has arrived, allowing the occasion for homemade apple and pumpkin dishes, cozy sweaters, and hot cider.. or a hard cider (whichever you prefer). No matter what age you are, Halloween seems to be just as festive as the year before. Since we have a worldwide linguistic network and global clients, we were curious as to how Halloween (or a similar celebration) is presented around the world. Here's what we came up with.
Depending where you are in the world, Halloween is known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve. In the past decade, Halloween traditions have spread worldwide and have become increasingly popular in Europe. Each country still remains unique and has its own way of celebrating life and death. Read on if you’re interested in learning how other countries celebrate Halloween (or a similar holiday).
Austria: Austria has a Pumpkin Festival in Retzer Land called Kürbisfest im Retzer Land. On November 11, Austria celebrates Martini which includes costumes and a lantern procession. Some people in Austria believe that if they leave bread, water, and a lighted lamp out, dead souls will be welcomed back to earth for that night.
Belgium: In Belgium some villages celebrate Halloween while other villages focus on celebrating All Saints' Day. On Halloween night, a Belgian may be found lighting a candle in memory of a dead relative.
Canada: In Canada, the Halloween celebration began with Scottish and Irish immigrants who arrived in the 1800s. Canada actively celebrates Halloween each year on October 31 with decorations, costume parties, and trick-or-treating.
China: Halloween was introduced in China through foreigners such as teachers and expats. In places that have many expats, there will usually be Halloween decor. The more popular days of the dead are celebrated in festivals such as the Hungry Ghost Festival, the Qing Ming Festival, the Double 9th Festival, and the Spring Festival.
England: The "trick-or-treat" custom originated in England known as "Mischief Night." Whereas we in the US carve pumpkins, English children would carve designs out of large beets which were known as "punkies."
France: As Halloween is not really a French holiday, there is some controversy pertaining to October 31 festivities. This holiday is a new trend for some of the French and they celebrate with costume parties and dressing in scary outfits.
Germany: Halloween auf Deutsch became popular in the 1990s. People start to decorate around mid-October and use Halloween as a party theme. On November 11, Germans celebrate Matinstag which includes costumes and a lantern procession.
Hong Kong: Halloween in Hong Kong has become increasingly popular in recent years. Hong Kong uses Halloween to commercialize its theme parks such as Disneyland and Ocean Park. Hong Kong residents also decorate their shopping centers to reflect the spooky atmosphere.
Ireland: Halloween is considered to have originated in Ireland. There are many similarities between how Halloween is celebrated in Ireland and the US, yet the Irish still have unique traditions. Apart from trick-or-treating, children also play a trick known as "knock-a-dolly" which involves children knocking on their neighbors' doors and running away before they answer them. Additionally, the Irish play a card game on Halloween whereby kids will choose a card and receive whatever prize is indicated on it. The Irish traditionally eat a fruitcake called barnbrack on this day. Barnbrack has a treat baked inside the cake and, depending on which treat is inside, will foretell the future of whoever receives it.
Japan: Halloween in Japan became popular when Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan began to promote Halloween celebrations. In 2000, Tokyo Disneyland had its first Halloween event, which has grown tremendously in popularity. The Japanese currently enjoy celebrating with decorations and dressing up in costumes.
Korea: Halloween is not celebrated in Korea. However, Korea has a harvest festival called Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day). During Chuseok, Koreans visit the places where their ancestors used to live and feast on traditional Korean food.
Latin America/Mexico/Spain: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is the popular celebration in these regions. The belief is that on October 31, spirits visit their families and then depart again on November 2. The families set up decorations and food for the arrival of the spirits. This time period represents a celebration of death as opposed to mourning.