Buče za noč čarovnic. Vir: Adobe Stock
Buče za noč čarovnic. Vir: Adobe Stock

Boooo … the scariest holiday is here!

Witches, ghosts, and all the scariest monsters imaginable are coming!

Slovenia celebrates Reformation Day on 31st October, The same day we also celebrate Halloween – the scariest day of the year.

It’s short for All Hallow’s Eve. 

Kostum pajka. Vir: Beautyfull blog
Halloween costumes have to be scary. Source: Beautyfull blog

It is celebrated on the eve of All Saints’ Day, i.e. on 31st October.

Do you know where the Halloween tradition comes from?

Historically, it’s a religious holiday.

Halloween is actually an old Celtic custom that dates back to the ancient pre-Christian era.

The Celts believed that November 1st was the beginning of the new year and that on the eve of this transition all spirits (good and evil) came to Earth.

At the same time, it is a season that represents the beginning of cold, darkness, and deprivation. People believed that on this day the spirits of the dead bid farewell to our world.

The holiday is popular mainly in the English-speaking part of the world, and in recent years its popularity has grown rapidly elsewhere as well!

Over the last 20 years, Halloween has been slowly growing in popularity across Slovenia as well.

Children celebrate by carving a large orange pumpkin that they put in front of their home, on the doorstep or windowsill.

Be sure to put a candle in it so that the Jack-o’-lantern can be seen from far away.

The days leading up to Halloween are marked by various events and workshops where you carve pumpkins and make witches or other magical things.

Scary face painting, a competition for the most beautiful Jack-o’-lantern, and with some imagination, the creation of themed snacks are also popular.

In some countries like the USA and the UK the bravest children dress up in various costumes in the evening and go Trick-or-treating, when they go door-to-door collecting candy.

Although you see many scary costumes – witches, zombies, vampires, and even BatmanWednesday Addams, and Dracula – expect many more Barbies this year!

Points to Consider

  1. Do you ever carve a pumpkin?
  2. Are you afraid of witches?
  3. Do you know which holiday follows Halloween?


The original version of this article was published on 31st October.

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Svetina is an English translator, EFL educator, and graphic designer. She is an American who has lived in Slovenia since 2008. She loves hiking and traveling with her family.

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