Halloween, also known as All Hallows' Eve, is an annual festival that takes place around the world on October 31, the eve of the Christian feast of All Hallows. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In recent times the festival is celebrated with activities including dressing up in spooky costumes, trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns and lighting bonfires.
Spain Halloween party stampede kills three
Associated Press in Madrid
Three women have been killed and two injured in a stampede during a large Halloween Night party at a Madrid indoor venue.
Emergency services spokesman Fernando Prado said the women, aged between 18-25 years old, suffered trauma injuries and heart failure compatible with having been crushed during a stampede after a flare was reportedly set off within Madrid Arena in the west of the city, where thousands of people were partying early on Thursday.
The two injured women were in critical condition, Prado said.
Halloween has recently become a popular festivity in Spain coinciding with the traditional feast of All Saints.