Halloween in Malaga
As in many places around the world celebrating Halloween, in Malaga the night of the 31st October in 2016 you can take part in many activities and events for the family or just for you and your friends: Themed parks, discounts at clubs if you wear a costume or contests for the best costume, all the events are held overnight.
Botanic Garden organize special events for this night, the English Cemetery did as well in past events.
If you come to Malaga and would like to celebrate Halloween, just wear your best costume and go out to enjoy the scariest night of the year.
History of Halloween
Halloween event is native to Europe, its origin is Celtic and it was celebrated at the end of the summer, at this time the world of the living and the dead are closer so many souls can pass to this side. The use of masks and costumes tradition comes to the need of trying to scare the evil spirits out of their way.
The Romans assimilated this tradition after conquering the Celtic territories, Halloween merged with another festivity they had in early November, the harvest festival.
Catholic Church tried to replace Halloween with the 'All Saints day', in an attempt to remove from history the old pagan traditions but with little success.
Film and television would cause this almost forgotten tradition to recover forces in the late twentieth century, a force that was spreading from the United States, where the Irish brought Halloween a century ago.
Some people say that paranormal activity happens more in the world just after the summer...do you ever experienced it? Perhaps it is time to dress a costume and celebrate Halloween to scare the evil spirits.
Halloween traditions in Malaga and Spain
Although many think this festivity is an European invasion of United States culture, it is quite the opposite. Halloween is a native tradition of Europe that invaded the American continent, it managed to survive there and take new forces for returning to its place of origin.
Formerly it was common in Spain for people to make fires or handle candles in small processions to guide the spirits back to the cemetery, once there they used to clean the graves of their deceased relatives.
The tradition of Halloween in Spain or in Malaga today can vary from other countries but keeps many elements in common.
Events in 2017
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Trick or Treat
As for the tradition the evil spirit will go knocking each house and cursing the home of those who ask for the trick instead the treat.
Currently in Malaga and Costa del Sol it is common inside urbanizations that children knock the doors asking for 'trick or treat', hoping to receive some candies.
Differences between Halloween and All Saints day
All Saints day was originally celebrated during the month of May but it was moved to November 1st with the intention of hiding Halloween, celebrated the night before November 1st.
Halloween celebrates the closeness of the living to the dead's world during the last night of the summer. The All Saints day reveres all the saints who do not own a day.