Halloween around the world

Halloween is based on the Celtic festival of Samhain and the ancient Celts believed the border between this world and the otherworld became thin on that night, allowing spirits to pass through. It has now turned into a holiday worldwisde where people dress-up and children go trick or treating - photos by agencies.

 

People wearing Halloween costumes march on the street during the 15th Halloween Parade in Kawasaki, suburban Tokyo on October 30, 2011. Some 3,000 dressed up participants join the annual fancy parade ? AFP photo.
People wearing Halloween costumes march on the street during the 15th Halloween Parade in Kawasaki, suburban Tokyo on October 30, 2011. Some 3,000 dressed up participants join the annual fancy parade ? AFP photo.
A man wearing Halloween costume poses during a Halloween Eve Party in Belgrade on October 30, 2011. Halloween is based on the Celtic festival of Samhain and the ancient Celts believed the border between this world and the otherworld became thin on that night, allowing spirits to pass through  ? AFP photo.
A man wearing Halloween costume poses during a Halloween Eve Party in Belgrade on October 30, 2011. Halloween is based on the Celtic festival of Samhain and the ancient Celts believed the border between this world and the otherworld became thin on that night, allowing spirits to pass through ? AFP photo.
People wearing Halloween costumes march on the street during the 15th Halloween Parade in Kawasaki, suburban Tokyo on October 30, 2011 ? AFP photo.
People wearing Halloween costumes march on the street during the 15th Halloween Parade in Kawasaki, suburban Tokyo on October 30, 2011 ? AFP photo.
A girl in a Halloween costume receives Vitamin A drops during a medical mission conducted by a civic group as part of the U.N.'s countdown to the seven billion global population, in Tondo, Manila October 29, 2011 ? Reuters photo.
A girl in a Halloween costume receives Vitamin A drops during a medical mission conducted by a civic group as part of the U.N.'s countdown to the seven billion global population, in Tondo, Manila October 29, 2011 ? Reuters photo.
Hockey fans watch the game wearing Halloween costumes as the St. Louis Blues play the Calgary Flames in an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 ? AP photo.
Hockey fans watch the game wearing Halloween costumes as the St. Louis Blues play the Calgary Flames in an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 ? AP photo.
A woman makes her choice from a display of pumpkins at a pumpkin patch in Culver City on October 28, 2011 in southern California ? AFP photo.
A woman makes her choice from a display of pumpkins at a pumpkin patch in Culver City on October 28, 2011 in southern California ? AFP photo.
Masks of first lady Michelle and President Barack Obama, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich hang next to Demented Dummy masks at Fantasy Costumes on October 28, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The store, which had long lines at the registers at 4 AM this morning, is open around the clock through Halloween to help keep up with customer demand. Retailers nationwide are expecting record sales for Halloween merchandise this year with shoppers spending close to $7 billion dollars to cele
Masks of first lady Michelle and President Barack Obama, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich hang next to Demented Dummy masks at Fantasy Costumes on October 28, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The store, which had long lines at the registers at 4 AM this morning, is open around the clock through Halloween to help keep up with customer demand. Retailers nationwide are expecting record sales for Halloween merchandise this year with shoppers spending close to $7 billion dollars to cele
Protesters, sporting their Halloween costumes and make-up, display placards as they picket the World Bank office Thursday Oct.27, 2011 where visiting World Bank President Robert Zoellick is holding a news conference at suburban Mandaluyong, east of Manila, Philippines. Zoellick welcomed a deal clinched by European leaders to address their two-year debt crisis, saying it may have helped avert the spread of the financial turmoil to emerging markets that provide half of global economic growth ? AP photo.
Protesters, sporting their Halloween costumes and make-up, display placards as they picket the World Bank office Thursday Oct.27, 2011 where visiting World Bank President Robert Zoellick is holding a news conference at suburban Mandaluyong, east of Manila, Philippines. Zoellick welcomed a deal clinched by European leaders to address their two-year debt crisis, saying it may have helped avert the spread of the financial turmoil to emerging markets that provide half of global economic growth ? AP photo.

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