"Halloween" Canada Local Custom Tip by Carmanah

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Halloween is celebrated on the night of October 31st everywhere in Canada.

People make jack-o-lanterns out of pumpkins and display them out by their front door. Some people will elaborately decorate their windows and front door area with spooky things like cob webs, skeletons, witches, ghosts, etc. However, this is not necessary. Some people will even play spooky sound effects on Halloween, and take Halloween so seriously, they'll create their entire home into a haunted house!

As it gets dark out after dinner, little kids dressed in costumes will ring their neighbour's doorbells. Once the door opens, they'll scream "Trick or Treat!!!". Unlike my parents' baby boomer generation, nobody asks the kids to do a trick anymore, everyone just gives them candy. Halloween candy, I think, is an industry in itself! Little miniature versions of chocolate bars, Halloween-themed jellies, and whatnot. But the general rule is, if you don't put a jack-o-lantern on display, kids will not ring your door. Nobody HAS to give out candy.

One Halloween tradition that only exists in certain parts of Canada is the lighting of fireworks. Most cities have unfortunately banned the sale of fireworks, but in Vancouver and its suburbs, people can purchase fireworks, firecrackers, and roman candles legally to light on Halloween night. As a result, Vancouver's neighbourhoods often smell like gun powder on Halloween night, and you might have to dodge a few firecrackers as you walk down the street!

Once kids become teenagers, they generally stop going trick-or-treating, and will likely join a bunch of friends for a Halloween party. A Halloween party is essentially a costume party, so if you're ever invited to one in Canada, be sure to come prepared!

Finally, for the adults, if they're not giving out candy to kids, they might be having a Halloween party of their own, or they might be ignoring Halloween all together. Although, most cities have elaborate Halloween parties in the clubs, often giving away great prizes to the best costumes!

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  • Updated Nov 1, 2006
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