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By Gayatri Bhaumik | October 31st, 2018

Halloween doesn’t exactly have its roots in our fair city, but thanks to horror movies, American TV shows and seriously good marketing, we’ve developed a unique Halloween experience. Here’s what to know about Halloween, its traditions, and its history in Hong Kong.

Though it’s now most popular in the United States, Halloween – or All Hallow’s Eve, as it’s traditionally called – began around the 16th century in Scotland and Ireland. Back then, it was a celebration of Celtic harvest festivals. The traditions spread to North America during the mass migrations of the 19th century, and became a mainstream cultural phenomenon during the 20th century.

Thanks to mass marketing and the soft power of American culture, Hong Kong has embraced the idea of Halloween over the last 20 years. You’ll see kids dressing up and going trick-or-treating, definitely. But you’ll also see kidults scaring themselves silly at the beloved Ocean Park Halloween festivities, and over-18s dressing up and trawling the bars of Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai. Love it or not, the festival has become a beloved addition to Hong Kong’s calendar, and an excuse to party (as if the city needed another!).

Whatever your plans tonight, we hope they’re sufficiently spooky (and festive!)

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