Also called All Hallows Eve
All Saints' Eve
Hallowed End
Observed by Canada, Ireland,Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, Bahamas, United States, sometimes New Zealand,Sweden, and many Latin American countries where it is known as Noche de las Brujas (Night of the Witches)[2]
Type Religious, cultural (celebrated mostly irrespective of religion)
Significance There are many sources of Halloween's significance
Date October 31
Celebrations Trick-or-treating, ghost tours, apple bobbing, costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, and fireworks (in Ireland)

(or Hallowe’en) is an international holiday celebrated on October 31. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, ghost tours, bonfires, costume parties, visiting haunted attractions, carving jack-o'-lanterns, reading scary stories, and watching horror movies. Irish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century. Halloween is celebrated in several countries of the Western world, most commonly in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, and at times in parts of New Zealand. In Sweden the All Saints' official holiday takes place on the first Saturday of November.

Information copied from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween


Haunted by ghostly visions, Watanuki accepts the help of a mysterious witch with the condition that he has to work in her strange little shop.Haunted by visions of ghosts and spirits since he was young, high-school student Kimihiro Watanuki's discovery of a mysterious shop one day offers him hope that he may finally be free of his torment. This is because the shop's owner, the alluring Ichihara Yuuko, is actually a witch with the power to grant any wish... though the wisher must pay a price equal to the wish desired. And Watanuki's price? He has to work part-time at Yuuko's shop until he pays off the cost of her services. And thus starts his encounter into another world, where nothing is what it seems. From the famous manga group CLAMP, who also created the popular fantasy adventure series Cardcaptor Sakura, xxxHolic is the group's latest masterpiece, combining magic, mystery and comedy in a delectable brew of a show. Catch it, only on Animax! © 2006 CLAMP・KODANSHA / Ayakashi Workshop


Screenshot Yuuko, the Shopkeeper Screenshot Watanuki, protected by the pipe fox Screenshot Doumeki, the ace in archery Screenshot Doumeki, Himawari & Watanuki

Tears of a Devil

This is a short story that I've written after a REAL conversation.
‘Ring! Ring’ the phone rang and mom answered it.
‘Hello!’ she said.
‘I want to speak with father’, replied my brother.
My mom was wondering what was up as she gave the phone to dad. I was studying and at the same time listening to the conversation over the phone.
‘What is it?’ dad asked finally.
‘I don’t want to stay here’ he replied.
‘I don’t like the hostel! There’s no computer and even cell phones’ are not allowed!’
‘Well you will go to your cousins’ place in the weekends right? You can use the computer there. Now don’t cry!’

He had cried! And that too for missing the computer and cell!
I was smiling.
He is so attached to them, that he’s weeping for them now!
“How stupid!” I thought.
Then I thought of the past. When he used to stay with us.
He used to get work out of me the whole time.
He used to hit me and man how was he addicted to the materialistic world! -LIKE HELL!
He used to hit me like he was the devil.
Then I laughed for,
The devil had finally cried.
The conversation continued and he was still complaining.
‘The room’s so congested dad and instead of 4 roomies there are 5! How do you possibly think that I can live here! I want to come to Hyderabad!
‘No son, you can’t come here. Your admission is eligible only in Tamil Nadu not here. And don’t worry they’ll soon make 4 roomies after the other kid gets his room.’
‘But I don’t want to stay! They give too much of writing work and it’s all so hard!’
‘I think you feel like that because when you were here you didn’t have much writing to do. You’ll soon get used to it’
‘They’re not allowing computers or cell phones!’
‘Do you want a laptop then?’
‘No! but there’s no one here to talk with! I mean allowing family members in the campus is a very strict rule’!
‘You have the phone in your hostel room right? Well, talk to your friends and cousins’ through that as much as you want. I'll pay the bills ok?’
‘Ok’ he replied, still crying.
And when it ended my mom tried her best to make him feel better.
I thought of him crying, and then continued with my studies.