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.
From A-listers Paris Hilton, Demi Lovato and Kate Beckinsale to the Selling Sunset cast and Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio, celebrities turned up the heat with their daring costumes
Vlad the Impaler, known as Dracula, inspired the vampire in Bram Stoker’s novel. Vlad was no ghoulish fiend, though, for all his cruelty, as curators at his family’s castle in Austria emphasise.
Bereaved relatives visited the scene of the tragedy that killed 159 people a year ago and demanded President Yoon Suk Yeol apologies properly and launch a special probe.
A giant snake in a bat cave in Bali. The ghost of Oiwa, a vengeful wife who haunts a shrine in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Ahead of Halloween we survey five of Asia’s most haunted destinations.
The exercise comes after a crowd surge last year led to a crush in a narrow alley in the Itaewon nightlife district, killing 159 people in a disaster blamed on a lack of preparation
Run as little as 400 metres or as much as 8 kilometres in Halloween fancy dress in Hong Kong for the chance to win a gift.
Halloween is just around the corner, so which Hollywood celebrities take spooky dressing to the next level? Here’s who we’re keeping an eye on this October
The ruling party has objected to a bill, which has been in limbo in parliament for months, that calls for an independent investigation into the disaster on Halloween last year.
Going out for Halloween this year? Your costume may be ready, but your nails might not be – two Hong Kong nail parlour founders reveal the spooky nail art trends this year.
From Blackpink’s Lisa to Sonam Kapoor’s take on Wednesday Addams before Jenna Ortega nabbed the Netflix role, here are our favourite Halloween costumes donned by Asian celebs over the years
A Vampire Ball, a drag brunch, a Doggy Halloween best-dressed party, an Addams Family night – in Hong Kong, themed parties for Halloween 2023 run the gamut, while family events include pumpkin carving.
Spooky Halloween looks aren’t going anywhere yet, but Barbiecore is set to rule the holiday this year too – here’s what we know about the costumes to come
Court overturns impeachment of Lee Sang-min for the tragic incident that killed 160 people last October in Seoul, saying botched response was due to broader failures, while critics claim police were lenient on members of President Yoon Suk Yeol’s government.
In South Korea, where the pressure to succeed is intense and loneliness on the rise, the suicide rate is the highest among developed nations. Two recent disasters laid bare mental-healthcare shortcomings.
Internet trolls have latched onto outlandish conspiracies claiming the crush that killed more than 150 people in October was caused by vegetable oil or drugs.
Motion was passed by a 179-109 margin; opposition parties had pushed to expel Lee Sang-min, urging him to bear responsibility for botched responses.
The families of the 156 who died in the tragedy are to take part in the collective lawsuit against central and local governments.
South Korea’s Halloween tragedy reveals women may be more vulnerable in crowd disasters.
The South Korean president apologised on Monday for last month’s tragedy in Seoul, which killed more than 150 people. He sharply rebuked the police and swore to carry out a thorough investigation to bring those responsible for failings to account.
A week after the horrific crush that killed 156 people, most of them young, vigils and rallies were held to remember them amid growing anger over the tragedy.
Readers discuss governmental failings behind the tragedy in Seoul, and the effectiveness of climate activists attacking artworks.
Heidi Klum is known and loved for her wacky Halloween outfits, but what do we know about her partner-in-crime who often joins her for the event? Meet her hubby, Tom Kaulitz