Expats and their children celebrate Halloween, Malaysian style

Expats and their children celebrate Halloween, Malaysian style

Dress up in your scariest costume, stock up on sweets and light the bonfire for the spookiest time of the year today - Halloween.

Also known as All Hallows' Eve, it is celebrated on Oct 31 every year and originated from the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain to mark the end of harvest season.

On this day, practitioners believe the boundaries between the two worlds, the living and the dead, overlap and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc.

Costumes and masks are worn to blend in and appease the deceased, while bonfires are lit to chase the spirits away.

Originating from Ireland, this harvest festival tradition was soon observed in other countries such as the United States, Canada, Britain and even Australia in the 19th century.

Some Malaysians have embraced the festival but it is not so much about chasing away evil spirits. It is a social occasion where people dress up.

Some rent costumes or masks while others use make-up to make themselves look scary.

Bars and night clubs will usually organise their own events where youths dress up and party till dawn.

Younger children will dress up for costume contests organised by various shopping centres to get into the spirit of the occasion.

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