The “Night of the Sprevengoli” in Ostra: the response to Halloween made in the Marche!

One of the holiday I’ve started appreciating more since I’ve been living in the US is, without a doubt, the night of Halloween.

Some decorations for Halloween around New York City

Some decorations for Halloween around New York City

To give you an idea of how captivating this party is, I can say that across the United States, cities celebrate the ghost and ghoul season with festivals where you’ll find remarkable pageants of costumes, haunted tours, and spooky rituals in an exciting atmosphere that reminds me of the Italian town of Fano or Venice during the week celebrating the Italian carnival!1400690_242704952547234_1847066064_oAlso in Italy the number of children wandering from house to house wearing costumes and claiming the classic “trick or treat” is increasing , as well as the tradition of carving pumpkins, usually showed outside of houses.

"The Night of the Sprevengoli" in Ostra

“The Night of the Sprevengoli” in Ostra

Have you ever heard of the”Night of Sprevengoli”, instead? A traditional Italian celebration, and more precisely…from The Marche!

Beautiful view of the hamlet of Ostra at night

Beautiful view of the hamlet of Ostra at night

The beautiful village of Ostra, in the province of Ancona, is hosting this unique event that is related to the popular belief according to which the “Sprevengoli” are spirits who bother people while they’re sleeping by jumping on their tummy, causing trouble and making sleeping peple wake up with a start and fright.12011171_1005427139508112_5051658054722200018_n

In the past, when there was no TVs at homes yet and family got together at night, grandparents used to tell their grandchildren about scary stories. Those stories often told about mischievous sprites, ghosts and phantoms.

Some 'scary' installations i n the hamlet of Ostra on the occasion of the "Night of the Sprevengoli"

Some ‘scary’ installations i n the hamlet of Ostra on the occasion of the “Night of the Sprevengoli”

During the month of October, the streets of Ostra are filled with witches, ghosts and terrible spiders, to recreate a mysterious and terrifying atmosphere in a sort of “Addams Family”-style.

VOLO INFUOCATO_11The “night of the Sprevengoli” is a celebration for the children who will enjoy the shows of many jugglers and street artists along the vilage lanes, and will be able to join creative workshops to make their own costumes or having their faces painted with a spooky makeup.

Map with all eleven cellars and their delicious menus

Map with all eleven cellars and their delicious menus

This is also an experience that will please adults, who will have the opportunity to taste delightful delicacies from the Marche culinary tradition. Eleven ancient cellars in town will be offering their visitors special dishes accompanied by glasses of fine local wines, such as the Lacrima di Morro d’Alba.

Mark your calendar on this weekend...

Mark your calendar on this weekend…

The 18th edition will start on October 23 and end on 25, with a final party called “The Big Totem Horror”.La magia degli Sprev#1E345F_1Dear friends, if you are prone to suggestion, follow my advice and avoid walking among the ‘Alleys of Whispers’ by yourself. The dimmed lights, the medieval music of Celtic harps all around will feed your fears to the point where you can really start feeling like you are surrounded by magical presence and to hear the sighs and whispers behind your back.

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Or do as I do: just confess your fears to the spirits and you’ll get rid of them forever!

A special thanks to the friends of Ostraeventi for their collaboration.

For more information, please visit the official Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/LaNotteDegliSprevengoli and the website: http://www.visitaostra.it

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2 thoughts on “The “Night of the Sprevengoli” in Ostra: the response to Halloween made in the Marche!

  1. …A sort of!
    Italians do celebrate Halloween but not like the Americans. Little by little Halloween’s popularity has grown, probably due to the influence of American movies and the arrival of American fast food chains like McDonald’s, and it has become a real celebrated holiday, even though it doesn’t have a real connection to Italy, apart from the fact that All Saints Day (November 1st) is celebrated here – a holiday when people typically have the day off.
    Italian kids don’t usually go trick or treating. Younger people mostly have parties, but houses in towns are not decorated for the occasion.
    The Italian ‘Carnivale’ celebrated in February could be considered the most similar holiday to the Halloween when children dress up and there are parades in town.

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