How Kids Trick-Or-Treat Around The World Slideshow

How Kids Trick-or-Treat Around the World

Trick-or-treating is an old tradition that has evolved differently in many areas of the world. We've rounded up eight ways kids participate in this type of custom. Some of them may surprise you.


An Ethiopian festival called Buhe is celebrated on August 19, which is during the country's rainy season. Groups of children go from house to house singing songs, like "Hoya Hoye," and jumping up and down until they receive bread (usually injera, the Ethiopian flatbread), fresh bread dough, or money. Families also gather around small bonfires at their homes to celebrate.


On the Sunday before Easter, Palm Sunday, kids in Finland dress up as Easter witches and go from door to door bearing twigs decorated with crêpe paper and feathers. They offer the crafts as blessings to keep away evil spirits from the home and receive treats from their neighbors in return.

Northern Germany and Parts of Denmark

Rummelpott is a New Year's Eve tradition in the north of Germany and parts of Denmark where people go door-to-door and sing for treats. It's for both adults and children, but children receive candy and adults often receive alcohol.


After darkness falls on St. Martin's Day, a German holiday celebrated on November 11, kids carry lanterns from door to door and sing songs in return for money, candy, and other goodies.  


Trick-or-treating reportedly began in Norway in the 1990s and later picked up steam. Kids go from door to door saying, "knask eller knep" or "digg eller deng" — both mean "trick or treat" — when a neighbor opens the door in order to receive candy.   

Parts of Central Asia

In Turkmenistan and other parts of Central Asia, kids keep the tradition of Ramadan caroling alive, going from door to door to sing for their neighbors at any time during the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Kids usually ask for money or candy in exchange for their song.


All Saints' Day is celebrated in Portugal and other countries with Catholic histories as a day for families to honor dead saints and loved ones. In some parts of Portugal, kids go door to door and procure treats by asking for "pão-por-Deus," "bread for God's sake."


On Easter in Sweden, youngsters observe traditions similar to those of Halloween in the U.S. Kids paint their faces and dress up as witches, often carrying brooms and petitioning neighbors for treats.