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This Ghoulish Gallery Captures the Spirit of Halloween

From pets in full costume to frightfully creative fall decor, these photos provide a fun-filled glimpse of what Halloween looks like across the country.

Pumpkins with warts on themPHOTO: CHERYL POWER

Warts and all

Nothing’s wrong with these pumpkins—the bumps and growths are all natural. Though it might make them slightly harder to carve, the texture does add an extra eeriness!

Skeleton head on a gatePHOTO: LORRAINE MURRAY

Severed skeleton

Lorraine Murray snapped this shot of a skeleton head atop a gate—though we’re not sure whether this is a Halloween decoration, or just a year-round strategy to ward off visitors.

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An infant in a skeleton costume crying next to a pumpkinPHOTO: KIM MACDONALD CAMERON

Fear of pumpkins

Kim MacDonald Cameron’s great-nephew did not enjoy his first encounter with a pumpkin, but he does look adorable in his skeleton costume.

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Dog in a bumblebee costumePHOTO: LYNN MABLEY

Bark or buzz

This costume once belonged to the photographer herself, but Lynn Mabley decided to try it on her dog instead, and it turned out to be a perfect fit. Hopefully no one got stung!

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A scary sunset that looks like a facePHOTO: DEAN MCMURRER

Somebody’s watching me

Dean McMurrer took this shot of what looks like a jack-o-lantern watching over Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Sometimes even the sky likes to dress up for Halloween!

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A girl in artful corpse makeupPHOTO: FRANK KOENIG

Masterful makeup

When one of Frank Koenig’s neighbours came trick-or-treating, he knew he had to capture that masterful makeup on camera. Very impressive!

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Scarecrow in red dressPHOTO: RENA NIXON

Devil in a red dress

Rena Nixon took this photo at the annual Scarecrow Festival in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia—where crows aren’t the only ones getting goosebumps!

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Pumpkins with smiling painted facesPHOTO: MARIANNE DETMAR

Friendly faces

Marianne Detmar paints these welcoming grins onto her pumpkins every year. She knows they’re not exactly scary, but sometimes it’s nice to see a smiling face between all the tricks and treats.

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A cemetery seen through a spider webPHOTO: ROBB GORR

Charlotte’s web

A cemetery seen through the gaps in a spider web certainly makes for some unsettling Halloween imagery, as captured here by Robb Gorr.

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A creepy Halloween display with skeletons and candlesPHOTO: PAUL BARBER

Ghosts stirring

Paul Barber captured this creepy display on camera. It’s not clear who exactly is stirring that pot, but he’s certainly not someone you’d want to come across on a dark night. 

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Pumpkin with smiling, made-up facePHOTO: OLIVIA LANE

Glam gourd

Olivia Lane sent in this picture of her pumpkin dressed to the nines and ready for some fun. The pipe-cleaner ribbon is a very cute touch.

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Three scarecrows in dresses bathed in purple lightPHOTO: PAULA BROWN

A spirited display

This is just one of Paula Brown’s many stunning photos taken at Pumpkinferno, a pumpkin festival that takes place in Morrisburg, Ontario’s Upper Canada Village every year. Positively spook-tacular!

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Dog in a teddy bear costumePHOTO: TAMMY GREEN

Furry friend

According to Tammy Green, her dog Tucker hates to get dressed up, but he loves having his picture taken. He certainly makes a perfect model in this cuddly teddy costume.

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Pumpkin with frost on topPHOTO: PATRICIA PARKER

Frosty the pumpkin

It wouldn’t be a true Canadian Halloween without a light dusting of snow, as captured here by Patricia Parker. But can a frosted pumpkin still hold a candle? 

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Sign that reads: "Dead and Breakfast"PHOTO: ROSA CROSS

Horrifying hospitality

Rosa Cross’ sister-in-law puts up this scary sign in her yard to conjure up the Halloween spirit. Word is that guests have been checking in to the Dead & Breakfast for 20 years—but no one’s ever checked out. 

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Small skeleton dolls in clothes on a shelfPHOTO: RUSS HAYES

Double date 

Russ Hayes spotted these skeletons on display in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and had to snap a picture of their festive outfits. Looks like they’re heading to a Halloween party for the ages.

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Face of a grim reaper wearing a hoodPHOTO: SUE THOMPSON

Don’t fear this reaper!

Sue Thompson came across this charming character in Chatham, Ontario. Don’t let the wide-eyed stare intimidate you—that’s actually just his reaction to his last dentist bill.

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Pumpkin with Tinkerbell carved on the front and a candle insidePHOTO: DEB SANDAU

Fairy lights 

Deb Sandau’s son carved this beautiful Tinkerbell for her. Pure Halloween magic!

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