Halloween, also known as All Hallows' Eve, is an annual festival that takes place around the world on October 31, the eve of the Christian feast of All Hallows. It is thought to have originated with t

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Halloween in China: it’s complicated
When Wang Guyue’s five-year-old boy stepped into his English-language class this week, he was greeted by a room full of princesses, ghosts and pumpkins. Every year, this extracurricular training school in Shanghai turns Halloween-themed. All the children don costumes and make-up, and trick-or-treating activities are held. “My son is afraid of ghosts, so I dressed him up as a Chinese swordsman,” Wang said. She thinks it’s a good idea to celebrate Western holidays so that the children can learn the culture as well as the language.  For many young Chinese, October is filled with Halloween celebrations even as anti-Western holiday rhetoric crops up every year, with some saying dressing up as gho
5 haunted Hong Kong Halloween hangouts
Halloween is here, and that means it’s time for grisly tales, ghost stories and haunted locales. The city of Hong Kong has a long and tumultuous history – which means it’s littered with ghost stories and claims of the paranormal. Here are five of the best ghost stories and haunted places in Hong Kong. 1) Nam Koo Terrace Nam Koo Terrace is famous for being the most haunted apartment building in Hong Kong. It’s thought to have been a military brothel for Japanese troops during their occupation of the city in the 1940s. According to legends, Chinese women were taken there as “comfort women,” and often tortured or killed by soldiers. Some say ghosts of the women haunt the building and their cri