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Crowds celebrate Halloween in Ho Chi Minh City’s 'backpacker area'

Friday, November 01, 2019, 12:48 GMT+7
Crowds celebrate Halloween in Ho Chi Minh City’s 'backpacker area'
A group of friends with spooky make-up on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

It was a bustling night on Bui Vien – Ho Chi Minh City’s backpacker hub – and its adjacent streets, as Halloween hobgoblins celebrated the haunted holiday from Thursday evening until the wee hours of Friday morning.

Wild and wonderful witches and wizards, ghosts and ghouls, and of course, alongside every pop-culture icon imaginable, made their way to the neighborhood to show off their Halloween spirit as they partied the night away in the dozens of devilishly decorated pubs and restaurants that dot the area.

A masked man on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A masked man on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A board shows off prices for Halloween themed face painting on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A board shows off prices for Halloween-themed face painting on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A man masquerades as a clown alongside a woman dressed as a beautiful goblin on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A man masquerades as a clown alongside a woman dressed as a beautiful goblin on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A boy dons a vampire mask on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A boy dons a vampire mask on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A woman makes her best attempt at recreating Maleficent, a Disney’s character, on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A woman makes her best attempt at recreating Maleficent, a Disney character, on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Women wear cute make-up on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Women wear cute make-up on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A restaurant waiter wears a bloodied shirt and morbid make-up on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A restaurant waiter wears a bloodied shirt and morbid make-up on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Two women show creepy costumes and macabre make-up on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Two women show creepy costumes and macabre make-up on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A woman shows off her horror-themed face paint on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A woman shows off her horror-themed face paint on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A man offers make-up service to a British woman on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A man offers make-up service to a British woman on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Spooky decorations gave this Bui Vien Street a true Halloween vibe in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Spooky decorations gave this Bui Vien Street a true Halloween vibe in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A group of waiters pose in their Halloween-themed make-up in front of a restaurant on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A group of waiters pose in their Halloween-themed make-up in front of a restaurant on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

These women spent the evening in masquerade masks on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

These women spent the evening in masquerade masks on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, October 31, 2019. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

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