It's not only frozen pizzas and barbecues that Norwegians have happily integrated into their culture, other typical American traditions have also made it all the way into the land of vikings. The spookiest night of the year reached Norway some years ago, too. Halloween is slowly becoming a tradition, that many Norwegian kids look forward to every year.
How do Norwegians celebrate Halloween?
It's most popular amongst young children, probably below the age of 12. Many of them dress up in costumes and go around their neighbourhood collecting candy. It's more usual to see this in the suburbs, since there are more kids than in the city center, plus it's safer for them to walk around. So, if you live outside Oslo in a children friendly neighbourhood, you might want to store up your candy jar before October 31st. Oh, and of course teenagers love Halloween, since it's a good excuse to party, dress up and have fun.
Do schools celebrate it?
Not really, from what I've heard. Children at school get to learn about all saints' day, but not really about Halloween. So maybe, just to be safe, don't send your kids to school or barnehage all dressed up in funny costumes, unless they tell you to.
I'm personally not very familiar with Halloween either, since it's a pretty new phenomenon in Spain, too. We never celebrated it when I was a kid. But looking back, I really enjoyed to dress up as a child, so I'm pretty sure I would have loved it. I think the costume part is great fun for kids. It allows them to become someone or something else for a little while, it helps them lose their shyness and even the sense of ridicule, play and explore.
And the candy part, well, excluding the sugar, I think it's pretty nice to to be able to walk around with your kids and their friends and knock on your neighbours' doors. I mean, when else do you actually get to knock on their doors otherwise here in Norway? As a foreign person living in here, I think any excuse to socialise is valid ;).
Are you planning on throwing a little Halloween party or attending one?
I've prepared some Pinterest inspiration boards that you might want to have a look at:
Tell us! How do YOU celebrate Halloween in Norway?