Happy Halloween!

The History of Halloween dates back 2,000 years ago to an ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, in which October 31st marked the end of summer and the coming of a cold, dark winter.  It was a time of year that is widely associated with human death. It is believed, on the night of October 31st, they celebrated Samhain, which meant that ghosts of the dead returned to roam the face of the earth for that night.

The symbol of Halloween has long become a recreational celebration for Halloween activities, like trick-or-treating, attending Halloween parties, carving pumpkins, telling scary stories, watching horror films, or take a trip to some of our suggestions, and see what this year’s Halloween will bring you.

Salem, Massachusetts

Do you want to join the biggest Halloween Party in the U.S.? Look no more than Salem! Salem is located on the northeast coast of Massachusetts at the mouth of the Naumkeag River. It is best remembered for the “Salem Witch Trials”; although, the hysteria really started in what is now called Danvers, Massachusetts. Halloween in Salem lasts for at least a month. In October, Salem Haunted Happenings hosts a Halloween festival with family-friendly events, ghost tours and trick-or-treating.

During the month, people dress themselves up in Salem for fun. There are lots of street vendors for people to get some snacks or drinks. Also, visitors can enjoy music performances in the public square. All the magic and spooky things gather together here, it’ll be a fun stay and you can never expect what you’ll bump into next! Decide your costume now and join this annual big Halloween Party!

Winchester Mystery House, California

Winchester Mystery House is an unusual 19th-century mansion located in San Jose, California. The mansion was the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. They made a lot of money selling rifle guns, but for Sarah, this fortune came with a curse. After her infant daughter died of a rare disease and her husband died of tuberculosis, a fortune teller told her she was being haunted by the ghosts of anyone who had been killed by a rifle. The only way to stay away from ghosts was keeping hammers pounding 24 hours a day. Therefore, the construction of the building continued over 38 years from 1884-1922.

During Halloween, Winchester House will host Hallowe’en Candlelight Tours from September 14-October 31, 2018. The tour provides a unique way to experience a Halloween walk-thru attraction with all new story, a longer tour route, and the biggest scares yet. Seize this chance to explore the Winchester Mystery House at night, they only open to the public for 26 nights!

Japanese Halloween

Did you know Halloween first came to Japan in 2000 which Tokyo Disney land hosted their first Halloween event? Since then, Halloween has exploded in popularity in Japan. Though in the US, Halloween is mostly celebrated with costumes and trick or treating, what the Japanese people do differently is focusing on their creativeness with the construction and exhibition of Halloween costumes than trick-or-treat.

If you’re in Japan in the fall, Tokyo, Osaka, and Kanagawa are the most popular destinations for costume wearing on Halloween. Costume wearing events usually take place in shopping malls, amusement parks, etc. Many restaurants get into selling colorful decoration foods including sweets made from purple potatoes or other ingredients catered to making the appearances of the food more spooky! The McDonald’s in Tokyo sells a black burger in Tokyo, now I need to get myself some spooky snacks! (Image Credits: parksandresorts)

Theme Parks

Theme parks in Japan bring some of the best and biggest crowds for Halloween, take a took!

  • Tokyo Disneyland: This place is definitely the spook central for all things Halloween. There are events with decorations, food, merchandise, parades, sweets and treats all around have made this the most popular time of the year for Tokyo Disney.
  • Universal Studios Japan: Features all characters in ghostly versions of themselves with Halloween-theme movie rides.
  • Sanrio Puroland: Best known for their Hello Kitty themed zone. Like Disneyland and Universal, all the characters transform into ghostly versions of themselves after dark.

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By Ning and Susan