Halloween celebrations around the world

Halloween is more than running around in a costume screaming trick or treat. It’s one of the oldest holidays in which people of all ages dress up and express their views.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

In China, food and water are placed in front of dead family photos who have departed while lanterns are lit to light the paths of the spirits as they travel the earth on Halloween night, but they also have festive parades. Beijing, China. October, 31.

About 2,000 years ago it is believed that Halloween originated in Ireland and spread with the flow of immigrants.

People would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.

Eventually Halloween grew to be a community based event, with child friendly activities such as trick-or-treating and dressing up as various fictional characters, ghosts, goblins or celebrities. 

US President Barack Obama and the first lady welcomed children from the Washington DC area and military families to trick-or-treat and celebrate Halloween at the White House, Washington DC, USA. October 31. (Reuters)

Samsung recently made headlines with the recall on its Galaxy Note 7 model, that has been catching on fire, and someone thought it would be a good idea to dress up as just that for a Halloween parade. Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, Japan. October 30. (Reuters)

Use of realistic makeup and costumes are growing in Halloween celebrations. Participants dress up like zombies and take part in a Zombie Walk parade during Halloween celebrations. Kiev, Ukraine. October 30. (AP)

A group of street performers, by the name of Macnas, celebrated their 30th anniversary in another Halloween parade called the Savage Grace. Galway, Ireland. October 30. (Reuters)

Students dress up and have parties similar to the ones the US in Cuba, in a new trend that is taking the island country by storm, but trick-or-treating is not common. Havana, Cuba. October, 28. (AP)

Halloween gained popularity in Japan in the last decade and become a hit among teenagers. Experts estimate that Halloween will grow among young adults as their spending power grows since it’s such an open ended holiday. Kawasaki, near Tokyo, Japan. October 31. (AP)

Canada is also big on festivities. A couple tied the knot and had a Halloween themed wedding. Arriving to the reception in a hearse and not wearing a traditional gown, but rather a costume dress and cape. Saint John, New Brunswick. October 31. (AP)

Halloween in not only for humans. Pet owners dress their animals in festive costumes for celebrations. Many cities thought the US have Halloween parades for pets, giving out pet treats. Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park in New York, US October 22. (Reuters)

In the Philippines, Halloween is celebrated differently than in other countries. Filipinos observe the holiday on November 1 and 2 by remembering dead loved ones. It’s common for people to spend the day at the cemetery or memorial park. But in recent years’ kids have adapted to wearing costumes and trick-or-treating. Makati city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. October 31. (AP)

Some opt to make their own costumes like these young teens from the US. They came up with a fictional super hero costume called “The Juslims,” which went viral when one of their dads posted a photo of the girls on his Twitter account. Their logo, JM, which stands for Jewish — Muslim is them taking part in uniting people together. Laguna Niguel, California. October 30. (Buzzfeed)


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