BY: Paolo and Francesca Tosolini
How do you say “Trick or Treat” in Italian? It’s “Dolcetto o Scherzetto”. Actually, now that I think about it, it looks like Italians have inverted the sequence of words, because Dolcetto (Treat) comes before Scherzetto (Trick). Halloween is a holiday that is gaining popularity in Italy, but for us the Carnevale (usually in February or March) is still the winner when it comes to costumes and traditions.
Schools even close for a couple of days during this time. The few people celebrating Halloween in Italy take it very seriously though, I would even say more seriously than Americans. Why? Because the only costumes you see around on October 31st are only witches, skeletons, or bats, and not princesses, Spider men or dinosaurs.