As a custom with a Celtic or pagan past, Halloween played an important role in Europe for the first time in the 19th century. In the 1830s the festival was celebrated in Ireland. Therefore, the term “Halloween,” also comes from the translation of the “Day before All Saints” from English. Through the strong Irish influence on the festival and the numerous emigration waves to the United States, Halloween, especially on the other side of the Atlantic, became rapidly more and more important.
The church was celebrated mainly by Catholic families in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries due to the fact that there are also ecclesiastical approaches with regard to the origin of Halloween. Today however, all confessions take part in the celebrations in Germany.
Costumes are central at Halloween
Over the years, Halloween has evolved into a festival in which costumes in particular play a role. Whether a Halloween party for adults or children – a disguise is absolutely essential on Halloween. This should also lead to a scary impression. Thus the character of Halloween has become a kind of “night of revolt” or “night of disgrace”. In many circles the festival is celebrated especially to scare others. This is why costumes on Halloween are mainly duster. Children and adults dress up as a witch, or ghost on 31 October. The colors of red and black are particularly dominant in the fairings of Halloween celebrations.
“Trick or treat”
On October 31st children are generally known to run through the streets in smaller or larger groups and play “trick or treat”. This variant of the Halloween festival comes from the USA and is considered very widely used here. Once the darkness has broken out on Halloween Day, children are streaming out of the houses in creepy costumes and get together to get sweets. While in other countries it is especially about scaring other people or playing a trick on them (trick), it is usually more civilized in Germany. Here, the kids at Halloween mainly try to come to sweets. Nevertheless, the saying “Sweet or Sour,” a free translation of “Trick or Treat” has also established itself here.