Article from La Stampa newspaper – weekend
From the Piedimont costumes to the pumpkins of Friuli, from the Monsters’ show in Perugia to the fair in Sicily: up and down Italy to find zombies and legends. Many are the events for the Halloween night in Italy.
In Ampezzo, in the province of Udine, there is the commemoration of the Celtic New Year, when it was believed that on the night of the 31st October, the dead people would return accompanied by elves and goblins to visit the places they had lived. This is called the “Fiesta dalis muars”, meaning pumpkins feast, and takes place at sunset in the hystorical center of Ampezzo, lighted by torches, fires and fabulous light shows.
In Umbria, do not miss the extraordinary event in Città di Castello, called La Notte del Grande Cocomero (literally “the night of the big watermelon”), with the traditional “trick or treat”, the themed aperitifs, the street artists exhibitions, live concerts and the Monters’ show, not only for youngers.
Let’s go to Sardina, where Halloween is called Animeddas (in the South of the island) and Su Mortu Mortu (in the north). There is the tradition to commemorate the faithful departed with the preparation of a dinner with handmade maccheroni, a glass of wine and a jug of water to be left on the table without cutlery but with a little oil light: the faithful departed visiting the house have the possibility to eat and drink all night long. The night of Halloween, following the Anglosaxon tradition, the children go from house to house for the trick or treat.
In Sicily, the is the habit to give presents to the children the morning of the 2nd November. In the past, parents used to go to the street markets after dinner to buy small presents for the children. Today, there is still the traditional Fiera dei Morti (“faithful departed fair”) and some parents still use to buy little surprises for their children.