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.

Taxi driver sought over Halloween rape bid in Tseung Kwan O

A hunt has been launched for a taxi driver accused of trying to rape a drunken woman passenger on her way home from Halloween celebrations.

Wednesday, 7 November, 2012, 3:46am

VIP premiere in Central for new James Bond movie 'Skyfall'

Emperor Group's Albert Yeung Sau-shing , Kevin Rollenhagen of Omega and Semon Luk Siu-man get a taste of OO7 magic.

Forget Frankenstein and wicked witches. One savvy crowd looked more like James Bond this Halloween.

Skyfall, the newest addition to the 007 franchise, was screened on Wednesday night at a VIP premiere in Central's Palace IFC Cinema, hosted by luxury watchmaker Omega.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:19am

Spain Halloween party stampede kills three

Empty bottles and other debris lie outside the closed gates of the Madrid Arena venue in Madrid on Thursday. Photo: AP

Three women have been killed and two injured in a stampede during a large Halloween Night party at a Madrid indoor venue.

1 Nov 2012 - 9:30pm

Talking Points

The United Nations launches drugs survey.

Legco plea for new rules on beauty treatments

31 Oct 2012 - 2:43am

Ghosts scare off gore for Halloween movies

Ethan Hawke in a scene from <i>Sinister</i>. Photo: AP

After almost a decade in which torture films dominated the box office, horror movies are returning to ghostly thrills with a new slew of low-budget productions making big money for studios.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:56pm

Zuma's Dead Not Alive party for Halloween a thriller

Kary Ng

As Halloween parties go, online artist community Alive Not Dead's annual Dead Not Alive party is the most hotly anticipated event of the year.

It's a time to leave the kids at home, as the bash is decidedly adult, with boozy goblins and naughty ghouls heating up the dance floor. This year's event, on Saturday, was no exception.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:11am

US anti-terrorism summit to stage 'zombie crisis'

Zombies were a Halloween hit, but the military says their "bizarre behaviour" makes them challenging opponents. Photo: EPA

Move over vampires, goblins and haunted houses, this kind of Halloween terror aims to shake up even the toughest warriors.

An untold number of so-called zombies are coming to a counterterrorism summit attended by hundreds of US Marines, Navy special operations forces, soldiers, police, firefighters and others to prepare them for their worst nightmares.

29 Oct 2012 - 3:55am

Halloween in Hong Kong

Staff at Canadian International School in their Halloween costumes (top); a student decked out as a toy soldier (above); Renate Boerner as the Mad Hatter, while her daughter is a pirate (right).

Hail to the headless horsemen, hobgoblins and vampires, all! It's the time of year for witches, and ghouls made of pumpkins which burn bright with manic grins.

28 Oct 2012 - 3:29pm

Costumed girl, 9, shot by relative who thought she was a skunk

A young girl was shot by a relative who mistook her Halloween costume for a skunk. File Photo: AFP

A nine-year-old girl is in a US hospital after she was shot during a Halloween party by a relative who thought she was a skunk.

22 Oct 2012 - 2:52pm

Shop Window: Halloween

Shop Window: Halloween

Gore the merrier For a no-holds-barred Halloween bash Matteo Party is a one-stop-shop for gore, ghouls and ghosts. Costumes for children aged three and up, for adults and every age in between. There is a big selection of props and accessories. Rocking bats, zombie scene setters and bloody body parts are gruesome enough for a spook-filled night. Prices vary.

21 Oct 2012 - 8:46am

Week ahead

Week ahead


Island East Markets

Farmer's market featuring organic food produce, art and craft, live music and more. Oct 21, 10am-5pm, Tong Chong St, TaiKoo Place, Quarry Bay, free entry. Inquiries: hkmarkets.org

Haunted Circus

21 Oct 2012 - 8:52am

Halloween over for devil-slur priest

A Catholic priest who caused a furore last year by likening property tycoon Li Ka-shing to the devil and other developers to demons has been told to call off a Halloween party he was helping to organise.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Seriously scary outfits

1 Carrie White

Carrie White is a character from the 1976 movie Carrie based on Stephen King's first novel.

There was something about Sissy Spacek's phenomenal acting that really got to me. I will be doing her post-blood-drenching prom look.

However, it's too bad that I don't have her telekinetic power.

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Beauties have a devil of a time rehearsing for Halloween

What's not to love about Halloween? It's the one night of the year when you can dig out your devil horns, skimpy uniform or grandma's dusty old tablecloth, and raise hell without feeling bad about it. The big night is still almost two weeks away, but the festive promotions are in full swing.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Your best nightmare

There are still about three weeks to go until Halloween. So there is plenty of time to get into the Halloween spirit and visit those scare-tastic attractions that pop up each year.

Of all the attractions, the biggest and, perhaps, most elaborate are those at Hong Kong's two leading theme parks.

Hong Kong Disneyland

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am