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, despite having been added to the country's festive calendar for a short time, has grown in Japanese taste, so much so that many stores are crammed with specific products for this time of year. Events take place in various cities this month, at theme parks and even train stations throughout 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, this is more of a commercial date than commemorative, which is becoming more popular each year. The date was created to boost sales in the Japanese market, which during the period, has stores full of pumpkins and other goods related to the theme.
Halloween is a fun excuse to unwind, and abuse fantasies. In the land of anime and manga, this is not difficult, after all cosplayers are all year round. Favorite characters range from classic monsters, villains and heroes to anime and video games such as Super Mario, Jaspion, to the amusing totoro of animation master Hayao Miyazaki.