La maschera - mask/fancy dress costume
In the five years I've been living in Milan I've seen Halloween's popularity grow and grow. However it's still nowhere near to the level of celebrations in anglophone countries, and it's still very much treated as a 'foreign' holiday. I didn't go out on Halloween myself, as I had to work the next day, but I saw lots of photos of my friends mascherati - or dressed up - with zombies being very popular. I love fancy dress though, and beautiful Venetian maschere. The one in the photo's from when I went to Venice for the first time, almost four years ago. And here's a more recent photo of me mascherata as Studio Ghibli character Totoro!