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Saigon specters: The haunted backpacker street

By Thanh Nguyen, Quynh Tran, Minh Nhat   November 1, 2017 | 10:37 am GMT+7

Thousands of walking ghosts swept down Bui Vien Street in District 1 as the real party began on Tuesday night.

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Bui Vien was transformed into a Halloween party on Tuesday night, squeezing out motorbikes which are officially only banned on weekend nights. Rising demand pushed parking fees in the area up several times to VND40,000 ($1.76).

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There wasn't even enough space to put a mask on.

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People enjoyed the party atmosphere with or without makeup.

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A foreign tourist poses with local pirates and Batman.

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Makeup artists were available on site for VND30,000-50,000 ($1.32-2.20) a person.

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This guy turned himself into a ghost bride.

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Quick disguise with wigs.

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Chinese zombies and Vietnamese vampires stand together.

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The makeup is fake, the tired face is real.

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A flare was set off at midnight to keep the festivities going.

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“This is the first time I've put on a Halloween costume. It feels so cool,” said this woman (L) who turned herself into the famous Japanese manga character No-Face, a spirit capable of reacting to emotions and ingesting other individuals in order to gain their personality and physical traits.

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Joker face. Halloween arrived in Vietnam around 10 years ago and has become increasingly popular, possibly even more so than the traditional Mid-Autumn lantern festival just a month ago.