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A look at how people (and creatures) marked the spooky occasion

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A couple dressed in wedding outfits ride their motorcycle during a "Halloween Convoy of Terror" in Cali, Colombia, on October 29, 2009. Every year motorcycle enthusiasts dress up in their scariest outfits and ride around Cali to celebrate Halloween.


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Skulls are displayed in the Capuccini cemetary in Palermo on October 29, 2009. The spirit of Halloween stalks the city's myriad churches, from skeletons galore to mummified monks, embalmed papal hearts to a purported piece of John the Baptist's head.


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A young girl pulls her brother and some pumpkins in a wagon as they visit a pumpkin patch on October 22, 2009 in Easton, Maryland. The annual holiday celebrated on October 31, Halloween has its roots in the Gaelic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints. Many families that celebrate Halloween carve a pumpkin into a frightening or comical face and place it on their doorstep after dark. The American tradition of carving pumpkins preceded the Great Famine period of Irish immigration and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 1800s.


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Nadaya, a male western lowland gorilla, eats a pumpkin at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Illinois October 28, 2009.


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A flock of birds feeding nearby flies past a family looking for a Halloween pumpkin in a farmer's field on Vancouver Island in Saanich, British Columbia October 27,2009.


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Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stretches during a timeout as a woman dressed in a Halloween costume cleans the ice during the first period of their NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Los Angeles, October 29, 2009.


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A worker wearing a Halloween costume rides in a water ball to attract customers outside the Manila Ocean Park October 30, 2009.


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A customer tries on a mask in Angels Costumiers on October 29, 2009 in London, England.

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A general view of the window display at Angels Costumiers in London

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Ring-tailed lemurs at Bristol Zoo Gardens investigate a special carved pumpkin that has been left as a special Halloween treat in their enclosure on October 28, 2009 in Bristol, England. The gift of the pumpkin does have a serious side, as they are a great addition to the animals' regular diet as they are high in vitamins, potassium, protein and fibre - as well as being the perfect enrichment toy, as the animals have to delve inside to reach the succulent flesh and plump seeds.

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Girls in ladybug and bee outfits take part in Harajuku Omotesando Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade 2009 in Tokyo on Oct. 25, 2009.


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An employee of Angels Costumiers looks in the stock room for costumes for customers.

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This photo taken Oct. 4, 2009 shows pugs Mochi, left, and Olive posing for a photo dressed in their Halloween costumes at flowers at their home in Huntington Beach Calif. The stepsisters have been geisha girls, surfer girls and sushi over the years. They may not understand the tradition, but "pugs understand positive energy," explained dog owner, partner and costume designer Lisa Woodruff.

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A man dressed like a zombie tries to frighten visitors during a Halloween party at Frankenstein Castle, about 30 km south of Frankfurt.


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Papillons in Halloween-themed outfits are pictured during Harajuku Omotesando Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade 2009 in Tokyo.


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In this photo provided by the San Francisco Zoo, a chimpanzee licks gelatin off a pumpkin.

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A man dressed like a zombie tries to frighten visitors during a Halloween party at Frankenstein Castle, south of Frankfurt.


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