Halloween (31 Oct) is also known as english (christian) ghost festival. This ghost festival is very much different from the "chinese" hungry ghost festival. The activities include wearing costumes and attending costume parties, kids going door to door asking for sweets, and so on. Local tourist centre also grab this chance to attract more visitors by organising ghost tours, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, etc. Conversely, the chinese hungry ghost festival is celebrated on the seventh lunar month of chinese calendar annually. The activities include some ritual praying, preparing ritualistic food offerings, burning incense and joss paper. At this lunar month, people are advised to be extra careful and beware of the unexpected incidents.
This year, I celebrated halloween in Aberdeen. It was a real happening and exciting night. A huge crowd was gathered in the street in the city centre, pubs and bars were full of "real ghosts". The real ghosts here refer to those people who wearing their costume, from different cartoon characters to pastors. An exciting nite!