This is Halloween

Halloween is a divisive event: some people celebrate the spooky event, while others don't know what to make of it. But what does the custom actually look like in different countries?

Some rummage euphorically in the costume stores, others lock their doors at home - Halloween is just around the corner.

Many dismiss the custom as an American craze, some believers tremble at the prospect of Reformation Day, while still others can't get enough of pumpkin carving. How did the custom originate in the first place? Many believe that Halloween comes from the USA - but that's not true.

German Halloween fans are mainly interested in the scary aspect, says Scheer. Skulls, witches and ghosts dominate outfits and decorations. In the U.S., on the other hand, the motto is "dress up as much as possible".

Transylvania, Romania

What better place to celebrate Halloween than the home of Count Dracula himself? Every end of October, the mysterious Bran Castle is the location of an unforgettable Halloween party.

Looking for something quieter? The vast, haunted forests of this beautiful Romanian region are waiting for you…


Paris, France

Paris, the city of blinding lights? Think again. The French capital has a dark secret hidden underneath its surface. Up until the late 1800s, six million Parisians were dug up from cemeteries around the city and moved to the Catacombs. They’re open for visits, if you dare.


Barcelona, Spain

It may be a surprise to see Barcelona on this list, but you need to know that the entire Spanish nation is popular for its way of throwing parties. And a city with such spectacular Gothic architecture as Barcelona has to be a winning combination, right? The night has so many options for you, so make sure to check out some of the fancy parties at the city's most renowned clubs, outdoor music festivals, events on the beach and family-friendly shows at the Port Aventura amusement park. Also the day after Halloween, Barcelona celebrates La Castanyada and the vacation of Dia de los Muertos with a stream of cultural events, street markets and traditional goods.


Halloween in Austria

In recent In recent years, Halloween has also established itself in Austria. Here, too, you can find children dressed up and parading through the streets with the slogan "Süßes sonst gibt's Saueres".

Especially interesting for students are the Halloween parties which have become an integral part of the night scene all over Austria.

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