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.
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