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.
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!Also 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.
Have you ever heard of the”Night of Sprevengoli”, instead? A traditional Italian celebration, and more precisely…from The Marche!
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.
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.
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.
The “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.
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.
The 18th edition will start on October 23 and end on 25, with a final party called “The Big Totem Horror”.Dear 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.
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.