It has been far too long since I last posted. I am sure all of the grocery stores have moved out all of the Halloween merchandise for the Thanksgiving fixings, although Thanksgiving is still two weeks away. However, for the sake of this post, let’s return to Halloween.
I was told that no one dresses up for Halloween, that it’s not a big deal. Everyone I asked said the only good thing about Halloween is the parties. This statement is only partially true. No one dresses up during the day, except the life guards who wore witches hats at the pool but we will say they’re an exception not the rule. Nighttime is fair game when everyone dawns on their best “dead” costumes. You can imagine my surprise when I got out off the subway train at around 9:30 pm after having spent almost the entire day at university to see “dead” people walking everywhere. (I will admit that it had completely slipped my mind that it was Halloween.) To play “dead” everyone puts on white face paint and then uses fake blood to recreate battle wounds. It does not matter if you are Marilyn Monroe or a matador, you’re dead. When I got home two of my roommates were getting ready to go out and were carefully arranging their facial wounds. I asked why they had to be dead for their costume, they simply responded because tonight all of the dead walk and the souls come out tomorrow. Also they have another day of the year, I think around the end of November, that is the carnival day, where you dress up as people and things, like we do for Halloween. This is the day when the children go around to different houses and receive candy. Probably why Halloween American style never took off. Instead they dress up as dead people and party like its their last day on earth.
It is important to mention that this is possible because the 1st of November is All Saints Day, a national holiday. This means everything is closed so that everyone can remember their loved ones who have gone to their graves.