Halloween, Día de las Brujas

October 31 – Halloween –  (Día de las Brujas)

Halloween (Día de las Brujas) is hailed mainly as a children’s festivity in Mexico on October 31

Halloween is celebrated among Mexican children who wear costumes when they go trick-or-treating to people’s homes, asking for candy. When they trick-or-treat at each door, they shout, “we want Halloween” (queremos Halloween).

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Halloween background with silhouettes of children trick or treating in Halloween costume.
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Toys and candy that are made to resemble skeletons, coffins, and the personification of death (La Muerta) are found in many stores at this time of the year. Candles, paper wreaths and seasonal flowers are also sold for the Day of the Dead celebrations, which start as early as the evening of Halloween. www.timeanddate.com/holidays/mexico/halloween

Halloween, a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening”,  also known as All Hallows’ Eve,  is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day, or All Saints’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Hallowmas, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Partial source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.  www.history.com/topics/halloween