Halloween is traditionally not celebrated in Spain. So, I was really surprised when I found Halloween supplies in grocery stores and Halloween-themed window displays in shops.
My Catalan friends told me some people like the idea of Halloween as a fun and different type of party. Stores are stocking supplies to entice people to buy and celebrate this non-traditional holiday. I even found carving pumpkins at several grocery stores. Jack-o-lantern style stickers are placed on the pumpkins. I guess to give shoppers the idea of using the pumpkins as decorations and not for eating. Carving instructions are also posted on many pumpkins.
Halloween party at Fish & Chips. Barcelona's only chippy.
We celebrated Halloween with some friends, also from California, at Fish & Chips' annual Halloween party. The Birtish shop owners organized Halloween games. The kids hunted for bones and bobbed for apples. We even trick-o-treated on La Rambla del Raval. The children visited eight different restaurants, which upon arriving threw out candy to the children. A little mix between trick-o-treating, parade-style throwing of candy and pinata-style fighting for candy on the ground.
Turns out there was a Halloween party in our neighborhood. While driving home from our own Halloween celebrations, I saw an older man dressed in long robes with heavy chains linking his hands. The sight took me by surprise as dressing in costume on October 31st is rare. My first thought was that this gentleman was making some hallowed eve pilgrimage to the religious hermitage and monastery not far from our home.