Yeah, I know. The various European forms were taken across the pond years ago.It has come full circle, with the original traditions in Europe mostly having fallen away or not widely played out. However, over the last 20 years or so, the Americanised version has returned to Europe, in part because of the popularity of Hollywood movies representing your ‘Halloween’.
I wasn’t aware Hallowe’en was based on European traditions as in South Africa, where I grew up, ‘Halloween’ was considered an American thing, only seen in movies we saw. The recent European migrants there did not celebrate the original similar traditions, most having fallen into disuse already by the time they had migrated, so didn’t bring them across.
The commercialised aspect of it is also responsible for the American version becoming very popular here.
Any religious aspects of it appears to have gone. I see kids from all backgrounds dressing up and going “trick-or-treating” here in the UK.Meanwhile, the traditional for this time of year in the UK, “a penny for the Guy” for Guy Fawkes night I used to read about in British books as a kid, seems to have died out.