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PHOTO ESSAY/Ghastly ghouls, cute characters haunt Tianmu during All Hallows' Eve

10/28/2023 08:48 PM
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A family dressed as characters from the popular Nintendo videogame "Super Mario Bros" take a breather during the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in the Taipei suburb of Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A family dressed as characters from the popular Nintendo videogame "Super Mario Bros" take a breather during the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in the Taipei suburb of Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) Adults and children alike flooded the streets of Tianmu in Taipei on Saturday to attend the suburb's annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival, with many dressed to the nines as iconic characters from cartoons, TV shows, movies and literature.

The event started Friday evening, incorporating Japan's "Hyakki Yagyo" (Night Parade of One Hundred Demons) folklore into the traditionally horror-themed-celebration.

On Saturday, while adults donned a myriad of costumes, kids were commonly seen walking about trick-or-treating in their costumes, uniforms, or the likeness of their favorite fantasy and heroic characters.

A boy dresses up as a claw machine to attend the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A boy dresses up as a claw machine to attend the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
Two kids are dressed as a Chinese deity and a one-man lion dancer during Tianmu's annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
Two kids are dressed as a Chinese deity and a one-man lion dancer during Tianmu's annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A festival attendee dresses as Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the horror movie "IT" and holds a fake hand at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A festival attendee dresses as Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the horror movie "IT" and holds a fake hand at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A festival attendee dresses as a dinosaur holds two balloons during the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A festival attendee dresses as a dinosaur holds two balloons during the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
To attend the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu, an adult is dressed as young witch Kiki from Hayao Miyazaki's film "Kiki's Delivery Service. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
To attend the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu, an adult is dressed as young witch Kiki from Hayao Miyazaki's film "Kiki's Delivery Service. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A pair of kids is dressed as a pilot and Black Hawk helicopter at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A pair of kids is dressed as a pilot and Black Hawk helicopter at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
Five teens are dressed as maids at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
Five teens are dressed as maids at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A boy is dressed up as Goku in Super Saiyan form from the popular Japanese anime "Dragon Ball Z" at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A boy is dressed up as Goku in Super Saiyan form from the popular Japanese anime "Dragon Ball Z" at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A family enjoys a day out together during the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A family enjoys a day out together during the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
Two adults join attend the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu in costume. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
Two adults join attend the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu in costume. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A boy dressed as an Ultraman pose with an event attendee in a Mega Charizard costume at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A boy dressed as an Ultraman pose with an event attendee in a Mega Charizard costume at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
Event attendees dress in frog costumes, a new fad in China, at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
Event attendees dress in frog costumes, a new fad in China, at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A family attends the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu dressed as character from horror movies, with the mother as Valak in a demonic nun form and her children as Megan and Chucky, the killer dolls. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A family attends the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu dressed as character from horror movies, with the mother as Valak in a demonic nun form and her children as Megan and Chucky, the killer dolls. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A mother is dressed as Disney's Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" while her child is dressed as the popular Sebastian the crab at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A mother is dressed as Disney's Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" while her child is dressed as the popular Sebastian the crab at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
Two kids are dressed in goth with make up resembling the Joker from DC's "The Dark Knight" at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
Two kids are dressed in goth with make up resembling the Joker from DC's "The Dark Knight" at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A family enjoys a day out together during the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
A family enjoys a day out together during the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
An adult dresses up as the famous "Mona Lisa" painting at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023
An adult dresses up as the famous "Mona Lisa" painting at the annual Halloween "Trick-or-Treat" Festival in Taipei's Tianmu. CNA photo Oct. 28, 2023

Hailed as Taiwan's most popular Halloween event, the Tianmu festival on Saturday was the 15th edition of its kind, drawing tens of thousands of celebrants, many of whom patronized vendors for the festival's themed bites.

At the same time, 4,500 lucky children got the opportunity to receive the festival's limited Jack-o'-lantern buckets to trick-or-treat at the shops in the neighborhood.

(By James Lo)

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