Haloween, believed to have originated from the European Pagan festival of the dead, is celebrated every year on October 31, which happened to be a Saturday this year. Maybe that gave an extra punch to the celebrations because I saw people dressed up the previous night and even the previous weekend. The festive mood probably has to do with the fact that the seasons are changing and everyone simply wants an occasion to celebrate.
Here are some pictures (very few are taken by me) from the street parties, prominently in the Church-Wellesley neighborhood where the streets, closed for traffic, were overflowing with people.
It was the first Halloween I celebrated, and the first time I got dressed up (note: put your shirt on before painting your face!)
Chad (some freak) and me (butterfly). I had silly wings but they got ruined while cycling.