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Halloween

Halloween 2020 and 2021

Halloween is an annual observance every 31 October in Canada. It is not an official holiday, but it is a popular and widely observed festivity across the nation. Though it has modern roots in US culture, Halloween’s true origins are in centuries old pagan Celtic and Christian traditions.

YearDateDayHoliday
202031 OctSatHalloween
202131 OctSunHalloween

Some people wonder if Halloween is celebrated in Canada. The answer is a resounding “Yes.” While 31 October might not be as big an event in Canada as in the neighboring US, it certainly has become a notable annual festivity.

Trick or treating, Halloween parties for adults, children, or both, eating way too much candy, and decorating your home with scary decorations are all standard fare for the day. Some go the extra mile and transform their front yard into replica graveyards or a room in their home into a pretend dungeon.

In Canada, there is also a track record of kids collecting “Trick or Treat donations” for UNICEF, of holding pumpkin-carving contests, of kids taking part in reading marathons, and of enjoying seasonal treats like toffee apples, roast corn, and Halloween beer (adults only!)