Photos: Halloween in Hong Kong looks awesome

October 31, 2012

Hong Kongers don't really trick or treat, but they do embrace Halloween for its Americanness and its tradition of dressing up in a costume. The costume parties are big, and the biggest is apparently at that most American of locales: Hong Kong Disneyland. But Halloween is observed throughout the city, often by young people. These photos show a striking cultural convergence between east and west in a city that loves to blur the two.


Hong Kongers attend a charity Halloween parade. (ED Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

 


A girl dressed for Halloween meets with hundreds of other costumed Hong Kongers in downtown. (Daniel Sorabji/AFP/Getty Images)

 


A mother carries her baby dressed up for Halloween. (Daniel  Sorabji/AFP/Getty Images)

 


A man wearing a pumpkin head waits in a shopping mall restaurant during Halloween. (Mike Clarke/AFP/Getty Images)

 


Luna Midnyte tries to spook passersby outside the World Trade Centre in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong. (Rob Elliott/AFP/Getty Images)

 


People walk past a huge pumpkin decoration at Hong Kong's time square. (Vincent Yu/Associated Press)

 


Men in Halloween costumes joke around in Lan Kwai Fong, a popular nightlife district in Hong Kong. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)

 


A man dressed up as a toy soldier to celebrate Halloween places a call on a public phone in Lan Kwai Fong. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)

 


Two Halloween celebrants dressed as aliens entertain a crowd in downtown Hong Kong. (Vincent Yu/Associated Press)

 


A woman wearing fake blood rests her eyes in an underground train. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)
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