The Naruto spinoff, Naruto SD: Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals, where all the Naruto characters run around doing comedy cartoon stuff in chibi form, just did a Halloween episode.
Actually, the first part is a Fall festival of ninja safety, cracking on driver safety programs in Japan. In the second part, the Leaf Village throws a “Western-style” Halloween party. In a classic cross-cultural moment, they describe Halloween as “an American O-bon.” And later on, we see exactly what they think that means. (Which incidentally goes to show exactly what kind of similarities and differences lie between a natural-law or pagan feast about the dead, and a Christian one. Comedy has a way of showing people the uncomfortable truths about their little platitudes, like unthinking comparisons between Halloween and O-bon.)
Anyway, the true sticking point turns out to be recreating Trick or Treat, as traditionally raised Japanese kids aren’t supposed to pester adults or beg them for goodies. So they try reallllllly hard with the whole Beggar’s Night thing, which leads to the inevitable crossover with the Little Match Girl. (The Japanese love “The Little Match Girl” and all the other sad Andersen stories. I guess because Hans Christian Andersen is also totally into the dying protagonist thing.)
It was a very bizarre piece of anime, but also a revealing one. It’ll be available to all viewers next week, just in time for Halloween!