"Trick or treat!" - with this battle cry, on the evening of October 31st, groups of little witches, ghosts, and monsters go from door to door. Their goal: to demand candies from the residents. Similarly, some adults dress up in quirky costumes when they gather for parties. Themes include "Dance of the Dead" or "Bite-Me Party." It's the night of ghosts and spirits: Halloween. The festival of horror has its origins in Ireland: in pre-Christian times, the Celts celebrated Samhain on October 31st, one of their most important festivals. They celebrated their harvest, the beginning of the cold season, and the start of a new calendar year with it. The Celts also believed that contacts with the realm of the dead could be made on this day.
Halloween only evolved into a party event when Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America in the 19th century. There, Halloween is celebrated with monster costumes, brain-shaped gelatin, and cemetery romance - and has a similar status as Carnival does in Germany. This American, fun version of the Halloween festival has also conquered Germany by now. The retail industry has recognized the commercial value of Halloween and offers a wide range of spooky items.