Interestingly, the North of the country has a tradition similar to Halloween on November 11. This is the feast day of St Martin of Tours, and thus called Sint Maarten in Holland; yes, the same as the Caribbean island that is half Dutch. The same Martin Luther was actually named after St. Martin, as he was baptized on November 11 way back when. So on November 11, kids in Northern Holland walk from door to door with little self-made lanterns, singing songs to collect candy.
|Jip and Janneke on St Martin - from a famous Dutch children's book series|
Sinte Maarten mik-mak
mijn moeder is een dikzak
mijn vader is een dunnetje
geef me een pepermunnetje
Which translates more or less as:
Saint Martin mac-matty
my mother is a fatty
my dad is thin like flint
now give me a peppermint
So no matter where you come from: Happy Reformation Day, St. Martin, or All Hallow's Eve!