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Halloween

Halloween 2020 and 2021

Halloween is an annual observance every 31 October in Norway. 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.

YearDateDayHoliday
202031 OctSatHalloween
202131 OctSunHalloween

Halloween is relatively new to Norway, having come over from America only in the 1990s. But it is already a big hit and a well received, if unofficial, addition to the Norwegian holiday calendar.

All the usual elements of an Americanised Halloween now appear in Norway. This includes carved, lit pumpkins, costumed kids scouring the neighbourhood in search of free candy, and pumpkin-spiced drinks. Decorations at home are kept to a minimum, however, usually consisting of nothing but Jack-o-lanterns and maybe a couple of hang-from-ceiling bats.

Dress-themed Halloween parties, mostly for adults, are often held on the weekend before 31 October. Horror films are big here. Visiting supposedly haunted sites like Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim or Akershus Fortress in Oslo is also a Norwegian Halloween pastime.

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