A Christian festival, Halloween, which is dedicated to remember the martyrs, saints and the departed, has now become a fun carnivalesque event across the world. It is celebrated in many countries with parties and costumes. People take to the streets, dressed up spookily, to display their costumes and enjoy the festival season. Halloween also gives people a chance to hide behind their costumes and just let their hair down for a night.
Halloween falls on the last day of October every year and is also celebrated at the White House. Michelle and Barack Obama celebrated their last Halloween at the White House this year, by treating young children, who came dressed up and looking adorable.
Apart from the US, the festival was also celebrated in other countries with Christian majorities with as much gusto.
Participants take part in a Trick or Treat halloween fun run in Richmond Park, London, Britain. October 30, 2016.Reuters
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama (L) give out Halloween treats to children from the South Portico of the White House in Washington, U.S. October 31, 2016.Reuters
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a Halloween mask while joking with her staff on her campaign plane in Erlanger, Kentucky, U.S. October 31, 2016.Reuters
Participants in costumes sit on a bench after a Halloween parade in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, Japan.Reuters
A person dressed in a clown costume stands amongst attendees during the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 31, 2016.Reuters
People in costume ride the subway on Halloween in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 31, 2016.Reuters
A man dresses as Samhain arrives for the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 31, 2016.Reuters
Participants in the Processional Arts Workshops' performance of Reverie wait to participate in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 31, 2016Reuters
A young child takes part in the Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade to celebrate Halloween in Hoboken, New Jersey U.S.,October 31, 2016.Reuters
A woman takes a selfie with a fake skeleton next to her husband ahead of a Halloween parade at Happy Valley park in Beijing, China October 31, 2016.Reuters