Halloween, a fashion that points to tradition
An imported party, that is the national Halloween, between fashion and tradition. There are several cultures that have contributed their grain of sand to a festival that has its roots in a remote past and that has always preserved a fundamental trait: the fascination with death.
It is celebrated exponentially in the Anglosphere, in countries such as Canada, the United States, Ireland or the United Kingdom. Starting in 1970, thanks to the cinema and through American movies related to Halloween, this commemoration spread throughout the world.
In Spain it has been established gradually. The typical Anglo-Saxon customs have spread among the smallest, although there are detractors.
Meaning of Halloween «Hallowe'en», an expression that comes from Old English and means «All Hallows' Eve». Tradition or imported novelty? Against those who consider Halloween a mere adoption of other people's customs, some scholars defend it because they see in this festival an adaptation of the ritual, yes, seasoned with a strong dose of consumerism.
What is unquestionable is that today's Halloween has become a business. Masks, costumes, sweets, makeup and other items confirm a more than sufficient engine for some businessmen to promote the consumption of terror. In any case, the weight of the celebration causes young people to have surrendered to its spell and in the Camp de Tarragona, during this bridge, different public activities have already been organized to idolize this commemoration.
For years, the Port Aventura theme park has been firmly committed to the charm of Halloween. In fact, it promotes the celebration with special offers and transforms the installation into a dark ecosystem. The motto of this season reads "We curse you to have a good time." Dark passages, original monsters and special food for the date are part of the attraction that Port Aventura proposes for its visitors. In fact, the Halloween proposal has been in force since September 24 and will close this coming November 13.
Salou has created a two-day cycle with different activities to add to the offer generated by Halloween. The Salouween street festival proposes music, restaurants, shows and entertainment, and a children's area. It will be held on Passeig Jaime I from October 29 to 31, from 5 to 12 midnight.
Several local catering establishments participate and, during the festival, actors and actresses from schools Moon Espai Creatiu Y Ahura Theater They will become the most terrifying characters and will act during the course of the party. They will interact with the audience.
The Parc Samà de Cambrils has been postulated as another nerve center of Halloween in Tarragona. On this occasion, the Jardí Històric will host the program, which has taken a turn, more dedicated to family leisure. The event will run until November 6. For four weeks, the groups will be able to enjoy a terrifying decoration in different spaces of the park; to those already known cellar of the spirits, The Taxodium Spider Grotto and the insect cavejoin this year The scarecrow of the labyrintha kind of outdoor natural terror passage, as well as other decorations located in different parts of the botanical garden.
From Sunday, October 9, and every weekend until November 6, the venue will offer free workshops for the little ones: balloon twisting, magical drawings, crafts with pumpkins or tattoos.
For its part, Torredembarra organizes a special program with the collaboration of the School of Urban Dances Feeling free and the Metajuego Youth Association.
The program will start this Friday, at the Espai Jove, with the reception of the costumed participants. An urban dance exhibition will complete the celebration.
Meanwhile, Altafulla has designed a passage of terror for the night of October 31. It has been prepared from the Horts Urbans, located on Calle Lluís Companys, in front of the La Portalada school. During the passage, seven stories from the past will be reconstructed and witches, souls and mysterious beings will be discussed.
Creixell, from October 24 to 27, the Contest of pumpkinsalso thought as a resource to commemorate these days of homage to the dark. All pumpkins that are presented in the contest will be exhibited in the Plaça Major this Friday.
In addition, Creixell has invented his own brand, with a kind of mix between the typical Catalan Castañada and Halloween. The proposal is called castanyalloween And it will take place this Saturday. The offer proposes a terrifying dinner at the Casal and later music from the 80s and with dejays.
The impact of what seemed like a fad has moved Halloween into a new reality across the country; It is on its way to establishing itself as a tradition. A tradition that also entails an important dose of consumerism, business and its option of enjoyment, especially for the youngest.