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27 Cool and Creepy Halloween Traditions From Around the World

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21. Portugal
> Tradition: trick-or-treating for bread

Halloween is known as Dia das Bruxas, or Day of Witches, in Portugal. There are many local traditions that have the same roots as Halloween elsewhere, including trick-or-treating (although children ask for bread) and even pumpkin carving.

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22. Romania
> Tradition: celebrating Dracula Day in May

Dracula Day isn’t a Halloween tradition but it could — or should — be. Romania celebrates it on May 26. The Irish writer Bram Stoker based the fictional count on the 15th century Romanian ruler Prince Vlad III, also known as Vlad the Impaler for his favorite method of execution. Stoker never visited Romania, but filled his book with descriptions of places you can visit.

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23. Scotland
> Tradition: peeling an apple and burning hazelnuts

Two Scottish Halloween traditions involve food. Young women peel an apple in one long piece and throw it over their left shoulder with their right hand. The way it lands is said to form the initial of their husband-to-be’s first name. The other tradition is to place two hazelnuts side by side in the fire, representing the one who placed them and his or her intended. If they catch fire and burn silently together, the two will be married. If they burn hot and jump apart, they’ll have a fight and separate.

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24. Singapore
> Tradition: partying throughout the island

Halloween isn’t a traditional holiday in Singapore but it becomes party central every Oct. 31. This year the options at clubs, pubs, breweries, food markets, and theme parks include Booze and Boos, Halloween Horror Nights, and Horror Haunt: Asian Dark Hour — The Revenge Of The Unsettled.

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25. South Korea
> Tradition: celebrating with costume and ghost parties

Halloween has become a big deal in South Korea, and it will be celebrated this year with numerous events, including costume and ghost parties, and even erotic and amnesia parties.