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Halloween and other spooky holidays from around the world

Halloween is an opportunity to eat loads of sweets and dress in scary costumes, right? Not everywhere! Here's how other countries celebrate at this time of year.
United States: There is no country that celebrates Halloween quite like the US. There are parties, costumes and who can forget trick or treating? The holiday is so big, even presidents get involved! In the past, the White House has been decorated with giant pumpkins, and in 2017 it was covered in cobwebs and huge spiders. Creepy, eh!
The White House at night decorated with fake cobwebs and spiders.Getty Images
Japan: In Tokyo, people get well and truly into the Halloween spirit. Halloween is seen by many people around the world to be an American holiday, but lots of people love to celebrate it here because they can dress up in fun costumes.
People dressed in bright neon suits covered in lights.Getty Images
Mexico: The Day of the Dead is a colourful and lively celebration. The festival is led by the Aztec goddess Mictecacihuatl, also known as Lady of the Dead. Festival-goers wear decorated skull masks or paint their faces to look like skulls. If this sounds scary, don't worry! The Day of the Dead is a happy occasion to celebrate life and loved ones that have passed on.
Dancers wearing pinks, yellows, blacks, reds and greens and large skulls dance with tambourines.Getty Images
Philippines: Filipinos like to go to cemeteries on All Saints' Day to visit their loved ones, and they often hold parties with food and music.
A woman stares at a group of colourful gravestones, behind her people are gathered at night in a well lit cemetery.Getty Images
Ireland: The jack-o'-lantern is thought to have come from an Irish myth about a man known as Stingy Jack who played a trick on the devil. In Ireland, people would carve scary faces into turnips to frighten away bad spirits, including Stingy Jack. In the US, carving a pumpkin has replaced turnip carving and this has become popular in the UK as well.
Hundreds of jack-o'-lanterns sat on some stone steps as people look and take photographs.Getty Images
Nepal: Gai Jatra is a festival celebrated for eight days every year in Nepal at the end of the summer. Families who have lost a loved one in the past year lead a cow through the street, and if a cow is not available, then they dress a child up as a cow instead! Festival-goers wear bright colours and come together to celebrate their loved ones with drum music, masked dances and comedy.
Children dressed in orange, with large moustaches and pictures of cows positioned on their heads.Getty Images
Germany: A woman practices her zombie-shuffle before starting a zombie walk through the city of Berlin. Zombies are fictional creatures and are a popular choice for fancy dress during Halloween. Zombie walks are held all over the world.
A woman with her face caked in white and with red painted scratches on her face stares lifelessly reaching forward, imitating a zombie.Getty Images
China: The Hungry Ghost Festival is a summer festival where people burn paper money, food and incense to pay respect to their ancestors. Families will write their ancestors' names on lanterns made out of wood and paper before placing them on a river. They believe that ghosts will follow the lanterns as they float away down the river.
A night scene showing a river covered with hundreds of lanterns, floating under a brightly lit bridge.Getty Images
Hong Kong: The Hungry Ghost Festival is celebrated in lots of different countries across Asia, including Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. In Hong Kong, these performers are holding a long, decorated dragon that they will carry through the streets as part of the celebrations.
Three boys crouch on the ground, holding up part of a puppet dragon in the streets of Hong Kong.Getty Images