Due to globalization many countries now celebrate the North American version of Halloween to which I assume you refer; I have encountered it in China, Europe, Latin America, and so on. But the roots of Halloween, All Hallows Eve, has many permutations in the western world. November first is known as All Saints Day throughout Europe and is celebrated in remembrance of deceased relatives, often by lighting candles for them. The Day of the Dead in Mexico is another version of this festival, where offerings of food are made to the dead. Canada does celebrate Halloween in the same style as the U.S. with costumes and candy. Below is an interesting article about some of these and other permutations written by a Belgian.
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