McDonald's offers Halloween choco-pumpkin fries in Japan

Sep 29, 2016

McDonald's offers Halloween choco-pumpkin fries in Japan

For those who can’t get enough of pumpkin-flavored treats during Halloween, McDonald’s Japan is offering french fries covered in pumpkin and chocolate sauce. The fast-food chain came up with the “Halloween Choco Potato” to mark its 45th anniversary in Japan, where trick or treaters ...

Disney pulls Polynesian costume following criticism

Sep 22, 2016

Disney pulls Polynesian costume following criticism

Disney said Wednesday it would no longer sell a boy’s costume for a Polynesian character that some Pacific Islanders have compared to blackface. The getup depicts Maui — a revered figure in Polynesian oral traditions and viewed by some Pacific Islanders as an ancestor ...

USJ drew record number of visitors in October

Nov 2, 2015

USJ drew record number of visitors in October

The Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka had its best month ever in October, drawing around 1.75 million visitors as Halloween events attracted a large number of non-Japanese and families. The figure surpassed the previous record of approximately 1.46 million posted in October ...

Trump, Hillary, bacon as Big Apple put on its Halloween face

Nov 2, 2015

Trump, Hillary, bacon as Big Apple put on its Halloween face

New York City’s giant Halloween Parade brought thousands to the streets Saturday to celebrate the ghoulish and spooky — from Donald Trump to witches; from bacon to a pervert in training. Organized on a balmy autumnal night, it was the 42nd edition of a ...

Halloween hits fever pitch in Japan: Scenes from social media

Nov 1, 2015

Halloween hits fever pitch in Japan: Scenes from social media

A week of Halloween parades, parties and events reached fever pitch Friday and Saturday as thousands of costumed revelers stepped out of changing rooms as heroes, villains, zombies and cats. Here’s a curated selection of social media related to Japan’s newly found fondness for ...

Halloween revelers descend on Shibuya, urged to keep it clean

Oct 31, 2015

Halloween revelers descend on Shibuya, urged to keep it clean

Thousands of revelers dressed up in wild costumes and wearing makeup swarmed Hachiko Square in front of Tokyo’s JR Shibuya Station on Saturday evening to celebrate Halloween. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department mobilized hundreds of riot police for the event this year. Last year, ...

Halloween turnips? Britons urged to return to tradition

Oct 30, 2015

Halloween turnips? Britons urged to return to tradition

Britons should go back to the indigenous tradition of carving turnips instead of pumpkins for Halloween, even though they are harder to cut, the conservation charity English Heritage says. “English Heritage is calling on people to rediscover the original carved decoration, the humble turnip,” ...