Halloween is an annual observance every 31 October in Spain. It is not an official holiday, but it is an increasingly popular festive event just before the more serious All Saints and All Souls Days at the start of November. Though it has modern roots in American popular culture, Halloween’s true origins are in centuries old Celtic and Christian traditions.
In Spain, there was no “modern” Halloween only a few decades ago, but today, the holiday is making significant inroads. Costume parties, trick-or-treat excursions, lit-up, carved pumpkins on your doorstep or in your window, and spooky decor are all making steady gains here in Spain.
However, there is a notable regional difference as well. The north of Spain is embracing Halloween must more fully than is the south. This is largely due to the Celtic heritage of those parts of Spain and the connection between Halloween and the ancient Celtic holiday called “Samhain”.
In Galicia, in the northwest corner of Spain, many light bonfires for Halloween and drink traditional Celtic liquor, which is spiced up for the season of course. They even set the Halloween beer on fire in an effort to “burn off bad luck”.