Halloween in Italy

These three photos are from Venice, Italy (I was lucky enough to take a trip there in 2008).  Pretty cool that they had  actual jack-o-lanterns on display in stores!  The kids trick-or-treating we just came across as we strolled around that night.  They were going to all the shops (similar to kids trick-or-treating at the mall :-))

Halloween is largely a non-event in China.  There are some pumpkins and squash to be seen as well as some Halloween candy in  stores, but trick-or-treating is generally not done.  In the bigger cities, some bars have parties for adults who want to celebrate. 

Transformers costumes from Spirit Halloween!

According to Boliviabella.com: 

"Halloween is not celebrated traditionally in Bolivia. However, Halloween and Todos Santos (All Souls Day) are related. Halloween is "All Souls Day Eve". However, American families and Bolivians whose children attend the American schools in La Paz Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, have always celebrated and there is general knowledge of what it is. With the arrival of hundreds of American families to Santa Cruz in 1997 during the oil boom, people began to pick up on the fun. I held huge Halloween parties at my house to introduce all my friends to the typical American Halloween frenzy and they loved it! It hasn’t quite caught on among the general population though, probably because people are so busy with their Day of the Dead celebrations. My Halloween page is in Spanish because I've uploaded an explanation of what Halloween is and how we celebrate it for Bolivians. "

In  years gone by, Belgium children stood beside little shrines in front of their homes, begging for money to buy cakes.  The idea was that for each cake they ate, the suffering of one dead soul would be eased. 

Irish children use turnips or potatoes.  In parts of England, Children carry "punkies."  Made of large beets known as mangel-wurzels, they are  hollowed out and have a window through which the candle shines. 

It's Punkie Night tonight

It's Punkie Night tonight
Adam and Eve would not believe
It's Punkie Night tonight

Spanish people used to put cakes and nuts on graves after dark on Halloween.  the gifts were bribes to keep evil spirits away.

At Halloween, Scottish children look for the largest turnips from the harvest.  They hollow them out, carve faces on them, and put candles inside.  They call them bogies and carry them to scare away witches.