Halloween in Italy is a strange combination of “similar to the United States” and “very different”. For example…
Tristan’s school is very popular on Halloween.
His teachers (the nuns) live in the sanctuary attached to the school (a sanctuary is a monastery for nuns). Well, they’ve kept the head of Saint Katherine safe since 1380.
A 635 year-old-head.
Twice as old as the Declaration of Independence.
On display. Just a few days a year, including Halloween.
We opted not to take the younger kids to see it, and Max was home sick (poor guy), so most of the differences that we experienced were a lot tamer than that, such as:
Then there was this restaurant. The bartender was dressed as Dracula, and they didn’t have any candy, so all the kids got a pastry which probably retailed for about $6.50! while the staff watched them eat…
One of the districts in Siena apparently turns their twisted streets into a giant haunted house, but we were told it was even scary for adults, so we pass on that as well as the severed head… Maybe we’ll come back some year in the future to check it out… :)