(The North American tradition of carving pumpkins was originally associated with harvest time in general, by now has become associated with Halloween)
In Canada, every year on the 31st of October, regardless of the day of the week, children and adults all over the country dress up in costume and celebrate Halloween. While the origins of Halloween are hotly debated there is no doubt that Halloween has come to be a highly celebrated holiday that is embraced by all cultures in Canada. Little children traditionally celebrate the holiday by dressing up in costumes and going house to house asking for treats such as candy. This custom is called “trick-or-treating” the idea being that either a treat will be given or a “trick” will be played on the house of people who do not give candy, and while it’s not mandatory to give treats, many people do. So how do adults celebrate the tradition? Everyone has their own way of celebrating, but many people host Halloween theme parties where people dress up in costume and share food and drinks together. While the holiday is known for the abundance of many different types of treats some of the more famous food associated with the Holiday include Candy Apples (known as toffee apples outside of North America), and novelty candy that is shaped like worms, bats, skulls, teeth etc. All around the holiday is a perfect excuse to forget about your diet and enjoy some sugary treats! So when you come to the University of Alberta don’t forget to make sure to stop by our International Center and share some Halloween treats with us. Happy Halloween Everyone!