31 Oct '17, 1pm

How the rest of the world celebrates Halloween

How the rest of the world celebrates Halloween

Halloween has a long tradition in Scotland , land of MacBeth’s witches and Robert Burns’ devils. In many areas, past custom was to leave an empty chair and a plate of food for ghosts, since Halloween was the when the souls of the dead roamed the mortal world. To this day bonfires are lit — once to scare away the dead. While turnips — the original jack-o’-lanterns — are still carved, pumpkins are now making an appearance as well. Until recently, children dressed in old clothes or costumed as evil spirits went from door to door singing or telling stories for sweets or snacks. Although increasingly, kids are resorting to trick-or-treating without the tricks. Children’s parties are still popular, and just like Americans bob for apples, “dookin’” for apples is still going strong in Scotland; a tradition which, like the ghosts that inspire the day, never seems to die.

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