Halloween is an annual observance every 31 October in Sweden. It is not an official holiday, but it is a fun festive event just before the more serious All Saints and All Souls Days at the start of November. Though it has modern roots in American popular culture, Halloween’s true origins are in centuries old Celtic and Christian traditions.
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All Saints Day on 1 November has long been celebrated in Sweden, but Halloween has only become popular here since the 1990s. It is a purely American import but has rapidly gained popularity among the Swedish people.
Kids and teenagers now dress up in ghostly garb and haunt the streets, lanterns in hand, on this dark October night. By 31 October, the dark part of the year is already hastening on in Sweden, which adds to the “aura” of the holiday.
One interesting impact of the coming of Halloween to Sweden is the boom in pumpkin growing on the island of Oland. Pumpkins are now readily available in Sweden, which was not the case before.