Beijing : Masks of ghosts and zombies form a primary part of costumes for Halloween. An online shop in China is even selling a mask of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Halloween is an annual holiday observed Oct 31. It includes activities like attending costume parties, carving lanterns in pumpkins, bonfires, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
In a market in Shenyang, Liaoning province, a mother said some fake-blood products scared her and her daughter. "When I chose the pumpkin lanterns for my daughter, I touched a man-made bloody human hand," China Daily quoted her as telling finance.qq.com.
Lan Kwai Fong of Chengdu recruits local residents and tourists to perform as ghosts. Interested people are interviewed to test whether they have the ability to perform.
Besides ghosts, vampires and zombies, which are from Western culture, some traditional Chinese ghosts are also adopted, sichuan.scol.com.cn reported.
Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for 42 years, died after being captured alive by rebel National Transitional Council fighters near his hometown Sirte Oct 20. He was later buried in a secret desert location.
In August, Gaddafi's wife Safia, his daughter Aisha and his sons Hannibal and Mohammed crossed into Algeria for asylum, while another son, Saadi, fled to Niger. Two sons, Mutassim and Khamis, have died in the fighting. (IANS)