Wuhan celebrates Halloween ten months after coronavirus began there

Crowds have poured into an amusement park in Wuhan to attend a Halloween event less than a year after the Chinese city became infamous as the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic.

Photos show large numbers of people gathering to watch a parade at the Happy Valley Wuhan amusement park on Thursday night.  

Some revellers swapped face masks for spookier options and there was no sign of social distancing as people posed for photos together and queued to see a Halloween show. 

As several European countries mull lockdown measures amid a rising second wave of infections, life is gradually returning to normal in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Revellers posed for a group photo with ghostly pirate performers at the Happy Valley Wuhan theme park on Thursday night

Revellers posed for a group photo with ghostly pirate performers at the Happy Valley Wuhan theme park on Thursday night

The Halloween event drew large crowds in the city which just ten months ago became infamous around the world as the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic

The Halloween event drew large crowds in the city which just ten months ago became infamous around the world as the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic

Some swapped face masks for superhero masks at the event, where large crowds mingled without social distancing measures

Some swapped face masks for superhero masks at the event, where large crowds mingled without social distancing measures

France imposed a second national lockdown starting on Friday as the country's daily deaths from coronavirus reached their highest level since April.

President Emmanuel Macron said that people would only be permitted to leave home for essential work or medical reasons. 

Meanwhile China reported only 47 new cases on Thursday, the majority of which reportedly came from abroad. 

There have been no new cases of community transmission in Wuhan since May, according to Chinese government figures. 

In recent months, domestic tourism has began slowly trickling back into the city, which is home to more than 11 million people. 

As several European countries mull lockdown measures amid a rising second wave of infections, life is gradually returning to normal in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: Revellers watch a Halloween parade in Wuhan on Thursday night

As several European countries mull lockdown measures amid a rising second wave of infections, life is gradually returning to normal in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: Revellers watch a Halloween parade in Wuhan on Thursday night

Aside from the vigilant wearing of face masks, life seemed to have largely returned to normal at the Halloween event in Wuhan

Aside from the vigilant wearing of face masks, life seemed to have largely returned to normal at the Halloween event in Wuhan

The Happy Valley Wuhan amusement park hosts an annual Halloween event that has hosted daily events well into November in past years

The Happy Valley Wuhan amusement park hosts an annual Halloween event that has hosted daily events well into November in past years

Fearsome floats like the one pictured were a big feature of the Halloween parade at the Happy Valley Wuhan amusement park

Fearsome floats like the one pictured were a big feature of the Halloween parade at the Happy Valley Wuhan amusement park

Visitors and performers were decked out in their best spooky attire with superheroes, geishas and zombies proving popular costume choices.

Meanwhile a parade of floats included a demonic Chinese dragon and a ghostly pirate ship.

Halloween is not traditionally celebrated as a holiday in China but it has gained popularity in the last two decades as an opportunity to dress up and have fun as China has opened up to Western cultural influence. 

The Halloween events at the Happy Valley amusement park included a number of spooky shows, as well as the float parade

The Halloween events at the Happy Valley amusement park included a number of spooky shows, as well as the float parade 

Visitors and performers were decked out in their best spooky attire with superheroes, geishas and zombies proving popular costume choices

Visitors and performers were decked out in their best spooky attire with superheroes, geishas and zombies proving popular costume choices

Halloween is not traditionally celebrated as a holiday in China but it has gained popularity in the last two decades as an opportunity to dress up and have fun

Halloween is not traditionally celebrated as a holiday in China but it has gained popularity in the last two decades as an opportunity to dress up and have fun

Always a popular costume, nurses were out in force among the crowds in Wuhan on Thursday night, with many young women opting to adapt the look to become a zombie nurse.

The costumes may have a risked causing offence this year after at least 23 Chinese healthcare workers died from coronavirus, according to figures released in June by China's

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