Halloween Foods Around The World

Food is such an important part of any celebration around the world. When you think about all the upcoming events on the calendar, you might notice that there are very few celebrations or festivals that are not coupled with a closely held foody tradition. What makes this even more exciting is the fact that different countries use food in different ways to celebrate special occasions. Take Christmas for instance, if you are in England you may sit down to a big turkey buffet, in Germany you would snack on gingerbread biscuits and liqueur chocolates, in France you would have black and white pudding and of course in Australia you may throw a few prawns on the BBQ.

Traditions of food and having the occasion to share a meal with someone is truly good for us. It can unite and strengthen our community and provide a sense of belonging.

Halloween is one of those traditions that has become a growing trend in Australia. While it has evolved into a community-based, child-friendly, trick-or-treating extravaganza with pumpkin lanterns lighting up the streets, it’s important to understand the history of the celebration.

So what are the traditional foods of Halloween? Well, here are a few ideas of what people are planning to make, eat and share in other countries this October 31st…


Candy apples (United States)

In the United States, perhaps the most well known snack associated with Halloween is the candy apple (or toffee apple).  The fruit is covered in sticky sugar syrup and sometimes rolled in nuts.


Bonfire toffee (United Kingdom)

Bonfire toffee is a popular sweet treat across the UK during Halloween. The dark-coloured toffee is made from black treacle, butter and sugar.


Barmbrack (Ireland)

On All Hallows’ Eve, you might enjoy some freshly baked barmbrack (báirín breac in Irish), which is a type of fruit bread. Traditionally, various objects were baked into the loaf. Each one would have a different meaning for the year ahead for the person who found it.


Pão-por-Deus (Portugal)

Also known as a soul cake, pão-de-Deus (‘bread of God’) is a small, round treat eaten on All Saints’ Day (Dia de Todos-os-Santos) on 1 November. The ingredients include raisins, currants and spices such as ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.

In Portugal, pão-de-Deus is given to children and the poor who go from door to door singing and saying prayers for the dead. Soul cakes are also shared out in other countries and this practice may be the origin of trick-or-treating.


Dolci dei morti (Italy)

Often called fave dei morti (‘beans of the dead’, due to their shape), these little chewy biscuits are eaten by many Italian families on All Souls’ Day (Commemorazione dei defunti) on 2 November. They are made with ground-up almonds, pine nuts, cinammon and lemon zest.


Pan de muerto (Mexico)

Traditionally baked in the days leading up to the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos), ‘bread of the dead’ is a soft, sweet bread roll. It’s sometimes decorated with bone-shaped dough on top and is eaten next to a loved one’s grave to celebrate their memory.

The simple recipe can also be flavoured with orange-flower water, anise seeds or other ingredients depending on the region. Some Mexicans shape the bread into different forms, such as angels.


Huesos de santo (Spain)

Long, white, tube-shape ‘saint’s bones’ are made from marzipan (an almond paste) and are eaten around All Saints’ Day or Día de Todos los Santos. They have various fillings and are often covered in syrup, and are enjoyed across Spain in general.


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