O Halloween as we know, always celebrated in the October 31 day, is a traditional and cultural event that takes place in the Anglo-Saxon countries, especially the United States, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Halloween entered Japan due to the influence of American culture, such as the "Happy Halloween" parties and parades of Tokyo Disney and private English language schools, which decorate and celebrate parties in October, introducing Halloween elements in the games and vocabularies during class.
The month of October is marked by ornaments and Halloween parties in Japan. Wherever you go, you see pumpkins and witches. Malls are full of decorations and products tailored for the witch feast; gyms and some schools make candy exchanges between children and parties, many feasts of young and fancy adults.
The date, though recently added to the country's holiday calendar, has grown in Japanese taste, so many stores are crammed with products specific to this time of year. Events are taking place in various cities this month, at theme parks and even train stations across Japan.
From the Anglo-Saxon root, the word Halloween is a version of All Hallows Even, which means (Night of All Saints). In Japan Halloween, as well as Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day, among other celebrations of Western origin, is more of a commercial than commemorative date, which is becoming increasingly popular. The date was created to leverage sales in the Japanese market, which during the period, has stores full of pumpkins and other related merchandise.
Halloween is a fun excuse to unwind, and abuse the fantasies. In the land of anime and manga, this is not difficult, after all cosplayers are everywhere all year long. Favorite characters range from classic monsters to anime and video game villains and heroes such as Super Mario, Jaspion, to the friendly totoro of animation master Hayao Miyazaki.
Commemorative Date: 31 of October, Halloween