Halloween in Canada is celebrated much like it is in the U.S. Every year, Halloween falls on October 31st and no matter what the weeknight, children will dress up in costume and go door to door "trick or treating."
What is Trick or Treating?
At dusk, children in costume, generally up to age 15, go door to door calling "trick or treat" as they arrive. For their trouble, the homeowner will drop candy into their bags.
October 30th is known as Devil's Night and is infamous as the night that mischievous kids hit the streets armed with soap, toilet paper and eggs and deface their neighbour's properties.
The most popular Halloween costumes tend to be vampires, witches, mummies, ghouls, princesses, fairies as well as popular TV and movie characters or personalities from in the news.
Other Halloween Traditions in Canada
Learn more about pumpkin carving and other Halloween traditions
- Halloween is not just for kids. Adults - especially the 20-something crowd - use Halloween as an opportunity to dress up for house parties or going out on the town.
- Halloween season sees lots of graveyard walks, haunted houses and other spooky events.
- Pumpkins are a recurring motif at Halloween and pumpkin carving is a popular seasonal activity. Jack-o-lanterns - hollowed out, carved pumpkins lit up from within - feature prominently outside people's homes.