If you are ever in Norway on Halloween, and you (or your kids) try trick-or-treating, you may be sorely disappointed.
You will most likely be met with a note saying “If you want candy, come back on New Year’s Eve!”
This is due to the old Norwegian tradition called “Nyttårsbukk“. The name means “New Year’s Ram”, but that name is not very descriptive of what actually occurs.
The name is likely linked to The Yule Goat, but the tradition itself is a mix of trick-or-treating and caroling.
On New Year’s Eve, Norwegian children dress up in costumes, goes door to door singing Christmas-songs, and gets candy in return.
There are many people in Norway who don’t like Halloween, as they feel that it is both American culture intruding on Norwegian culture, and that children just use the holiday as an excuse to get more candy (even if they don’t care about the holiday itself).
I always buy candy for both holidays just in case, as I don’t want to disappoint the kids.
And if nobody comes, more candy for me!
Are there any unusual traditions where you come from?