How Do the French Celebrate Halloween?

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In France, Halloween is celebrated by dressing up in costumes, going to parties and trick-or-treating. Pumpkins are carved into jack-o-lanterns, and traditional Halloween decorations are displayed in homes and businesses. Many pastry and candy makers make special seasonal treats.

Controversy surrounds Halloween in France due to the fact that it is mainly an American tradition. Many French people do not understand what the meaning of Halloween is, and some are concerned about the corporate influence that surrounds the holiday.

French Halloween costumes are usually more scary and traditional unlike American costumes, which are often based on popular characters from television shows, movies, video games and other media outlets. Some common examples of French costumes include mummies, vampires, goblins and witches.

Around the same time of year as Halloween, on Nov. 1, the French traditionally honor the dead on All Saints' Day, or Toussaint, as it is known, according to On this day, it is customary to lay flowers on the graves of deceased family members and loved ones. It is also traditional for Christian people to go to a special church service. All Saints' Day is a popular time to take a vacation in France, as it occurs during autumn school holidays.