Halloween-time traditions around the world

Story highlights

  • Celebrations around the same time as Halloween include Día de Muertos, the Hungry Ghost Festival, All Saints' Day
  • In France, "people may go to cemeteries and they wear a flower to honor their departed"
  • In Guatemala, colorful kites are flown to honor the dead

(CNN)In the United States, it's that time of year when children dress in costume and parade the neighborhood, asking for sugary treats. Families may share scary stories around a bonfire, or curl up with popcorn to watch horror movies.

Halloween is upon us, with more than 175 million Americans planning to partake in festivities this year, according to the National Retail Federation.
Yet in other countries around the world, there are some very different celebrations that occur during the last week of October or first days of November.