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Halloween : Not such a Cliché in Italy

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Halloween in Italy: is it just an excuse for kids to spray shaving foam on strangers’ cars, and for adults to dress up and party, or is there more to it?

These days, many have the feeling that Halloween has become more popular, especially among the younger generations, than Italy’s very own Carnevale, those two weeks right before Lent when Italians get crazy about dressing up and playing tricks on their friends. Sounds familiar? Yes, it does remind a lot of what Americans do on Halloween. Carnevale has plenty in common with Halloween and not only because it’s a holiday with a penchant for tricks and costumes: there is some food only cooked this time of the year, too and, of course, the Carri di Carnevale, some of them (think of Venice and Viareggio) known all over the world.

In Italy, however, Halloween has been making amazing progress over the past few years. And according to research, the search term “Halloween” comes up more often on Italian online searches than “Carnevale”.  Are Italians all becoming Halloween fanatics?


Italy imported this festival from the USA through films, TV and pop culture. It all started as a way to entertain children with the famous trick-or-treat routine. Certainly, Carnevale is still superior, but tendencies are looking undoubtedly more and more in favor to Halloween. This is throwing some controversy into the laps of religious authorities in Italy. Halloween is starting to develop a superior influence over Italy’s All Saints and All Souls Day, on November 1st and 2nd respectively, and many worry about the fact that it may turn what is supposed to be a time to remember our dead with love and cherish, into yet another occasion to party.

However, if we look at the true origins and the true meaning of Halloween, we’ll see that they’re not that different from what Italians celebrate on All Saints and All Souls Day. If, from a commercial point of view, Halloween is an All-American product, its spirit is rooted in antiquity and comes very much from Europe. Halloween, known by the Celts as Samhainwas originally nothing more than a day to remember and honor the souls of the dead. It’s been here since before Christ, witness to the wholly human necessity to remember and love those who are no longer physically with us. Celebrations of Halloween were popular in Ireland and Scotland and when people from these countries emigrated to the US in the 19th century, they brought this custom along. America then made of Halloween what we know today, whereas Europe remained attached to the more spiritually oriented celebrations of All Saints and All Souls Day.

(For more of the story


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Halloween’s origins are, in fact, very Christian. Halloween falls on October 31 because of a Pope, and its observances are the result of medieval Catholic piety.



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By Martha Bakerjian – Italy Travel Expert

Have a Great, Scary Day!


16 thoughts on “From Ann & Gina”

  1. Just voted. But we must keep it up because Mans has good fans too.

    “Grande Amore” by Il Volo (Italy) 49.67%

    “Heroes” by Måns Zelmerlöw (Sweden) 49.17%

  2. Marie, thanks for the prayers! Gina got more than I did! We are always greatful for rain, unfortunately wind and flooding are also with it!! Sunshine today!! Your video was a cliffhanger to end all cliffhanger s!! Please keep my family in your prayers as we have to make some changes in Healthcare for my husband!!♡ Dot!

  3. Ann & Gina! Thanks so much for your contributions! Those two little ones are precious! Are they yours Ann?
    Gina, great research as always! Would love to get into your archives!
    Wanted to call attention to Musical Notes Global’s review on Grande A more album posted on Oct 1. Website listed on the left under “Blogs We Follow”
    Really liked the whole review! They are always so supportive of Il Volo!
    Yes! Yes! Yes! I’ m voting!!
    Texas! Take care down there!! As long as we’re talking about weather. It was 19° this morning at 7:00AM!! Ciao a tutti!!

      1. Marie, bloom where you are planted a friend of mind used to say as they moved frequently. And yes, you can bloom in winter in Minnesota…you turn into a snowman! 🙂

        Gina and Ann, loved your articles and the photo of the children dressed up is absolutely precious!

  4. Now is quiet time for us, guys are at home and relax a bit with families and friends.But next week they will promote new Cd at Italy,await them signing sessions at Milano, Bologna, Bari and Rome. At Wednesday, November 4th boys will introduce their album, talk about their tour and answer questions from fans in live video for,the meeting will be streamed right on their page.If you have any questions to the boys, let them in the comments of article :…/…/il-volo-diretta-video-sorrisi
    Monday, November 2, at 15:00 (European time) they will be at BlueRoom @TwitterMediaIT, you can send question with the hashtag #‎AskIlVoloBlueRoom‬.

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