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Halloween in Asia

By October 27, 2012

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Halloween in Asia

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While America's spookiest holiday is still yet to be seriously adopted by Asia, travelers and long-term residents of various Asian countries do indeed celebrate, albeit in their own creative ways.

I've enjoyed small Halloween celebrations in China, Thailand, Vietnam, and other places where decent-sized expat communities call Asia home. When pumpkins are lacking, I've seen carved watermelons or whatever random vegetable was available at the market.

Halloween shops selling the typical 'sexy' adult costumes are few and far between in Asia; throwing money at the problem of attire for a party is not an option. So travelers are pushed back to the old days of getting creative with costumes; think: hardware stores for robot gear or fabric shops for cloaks.

Luckily, finding sweets in Asia is never an issue!

If you're traveling in Asia and are the type that already knows in August what your costume will be for Halloween, you'll most definitely find celebrations at traveler hotspots such as Khao San Road in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, around the waterfront in Singapore, and many of the other places along the backpacker Banana Pancake Trail.

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