Some of the schools in our area had things for the kids to do. We got a flier in the mail for a "Trick or Festival". I think they meant to say Trick-or-Treating but some how missed the treat part. The YMCA put up a ton of decorations. I spent several hours assembling a witch on a broom and spreading fake spiderwebs all over the place. They went all out and had several mechanical decorations including a spider that was about 8 feet across from leg to leg and swiveled back and forth. The kids love the decorations.
For adults there were a couple of places that had costume contests and people seemed to get really in to dressing up. I thought it was interesting to learn that several people though that Halloween was a actual "day off from work" type of holiday and not just a something we do after work (or maybe wear something to work) kind of a day.
I have a tradition of having a pumpkin carving party. This is something I started my third year of collage and I have not missed a year since. I was super excited a couple of weeks ago when I saw pumpkins at Costco so I bought 4 of them. They were little pumpkins maybe in the 10" - 12" tall range which is much smaller than the average American pumpkin. They we still big enough to carve. In the states I usually try to do pumpkin carving sometime before the actual day or earlier in the day so people can go trick-or-treating with kids or to costume parties. I figured in Japan I didn't really have to worry about there being competing parties.
I cooked up a batch of chili, I thought a little comfort food would be nice for the other expats, made guacamole, pico de guillo and brownies. Including Jeff and I we had 5 Americans, 2 Japanese people and a Greek. Unfortunately, it seemed like Costco was the only place that had pumpkins that were not the tiny ornamental ones. I was glad I had the extra. Fortunately with the extras that I had we had enough pumpkins for every one to carve one. It was the first time the Japanese couple or my Greek friend had carved a pumpkin and they found the whole thing very interesting. I even toasted some pumpkin seeds so that they could try them. It was a lot of fun for everyone and a successful pumpkin carving party.