Halloween is one of the oldest traditions celebrated today and one of the most popular holidays of the year after Christmas. However, this celebration has its own identity around the globe: practices vary greatly from country to country.

As in each place this tradition is lived differently, and of course, in Africa they have their own customs regarding the death of their loved ones.

In Africa, the day of the dead is celebrated where worship is given to them. It speaks of souls, spirits or supernatural beings with an earthly appearance or temporarily assuming the appearance of animals.

In Nigeria, for example, the «Awuru Odo» festival marks the return of missing relatives and loved ones. In this country the festival is celebrated with music, dance and masks before the deceased return to the world of spirits.

In Egypt, since ancient times, ancestors have been venerated by dedicating temples and pyramids to them. They thought that people had two spirits, one of which was wandering in space and could continue its existence if it was embalmed correctly. They dedicated offerings to him, since they assumed that they had human needs such as eating. Today there is almost nothing left of these rituals, although in many African regions, the cult of ancestors, dating back to prehistory, is still maintained.

As we can see, the Halloween holiday is not very popular or accepted in Africa; dressing up as Dracula and Frankenstein or carving terrifying pumpkins is not the traditional way of celebrating Halloween in Africa, but its inhabitants have very particular ways of honoring their dead