Wanted ‘Dead or Alive'
Colourfully dressed people parade along the street in what is billed as the "World's largest Halloween Parade" in West Hollywood, Los Angeles on October 31, 2009. The streets of US cities and towns were filled with zombies, vampires and worse, as children clad in sometimes-fearsome costumes went door to door in search of candy handouts in the annual ritual of "trick-or-treating." Not everyone sees Halloween as good, wholesome fun, however. Complaints about costumes deemed as Satanic, creepy or culturally insensitive have led a growing number of churches, schools and community groups to replace Halloween festivities with "fall festivals" featuring costume parades and party celebrations stripped of all associations to monsters, goblins and witches. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)