I have two friends that have been teaching me about life in America. I imagine that this isn’t a planned thing but last year I spent the 4th of July with them and went to a demolition derby and this year I visited over Hallowe’en.
Children really do go trick or treating. They dress up, go out walking around the streets, and come back with bags of candy. I’m not really sure if there is any actual tricking, as all I saw was treating, but it looked like fun. Well, it did until the only thing I could think of was a dreadful horror movie I had watched as a child that had something to do with Hallowe’en masks and the killing of children. But back to the fun things…
My friends turned their porch into a pirate ship (I kid you not) and filled a chest full of candy treasure. I dressed up as a wench and stood back and watched as the children looked amazed at the chilling effects that can be made by good lighting, a smoke machine, and several well positioned skeletons.
This was not my only Hallowe’en event as I also attended the first Hallowe’en costume party I’ve been to since I was about 12. I can still remember that party as it was fairly unusual for us to do anything like that at Hallowe’en. The church I belonged thought that dressing up as vampires and witches was evil. But for whatever reason that year someone thought it would be fun to let us dress up. And it was. I spent hours on my make-up and remember looking fairly horrific.
This time I also spent quite a bit of time on my make-up as I wanted to look suitably dead. I also discovered that a veil is a wonderful thing for hiding the lines on my face, but not an overly practical one. It makes it incredibly hard to eat or drink. It’s also surprisingly hot to dance in.