Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Apparently, it's Hallowe'en soon.

This is the first year, in the entirety of my existence, that it has completely and utterly snuck up on me. I usually plan for it for weeks, sometimes months -- what costume I'll wear, whether I'll make it or cannibalize it from parts of other costumes, what I'll do, where I'll be... this would always be so exciting. And it still is. I'll dress in theme to virtually anything that warrants it. Frankly, I'm still cheezed that I'm not allowed to trick-or-treat anymore. It seems that fully-grown humans going trick-or-treating tend to be greeted with suspicions of being a mugger rather than candy. I much prefer the candy.

Nonetheless, Hallowe'en is only five days away, and I only just realized it last night.

But it seems like such an absurd holiday here. I mean, spring is in the air, so everything is fresh, green, and very, very damp. (But luckily, mould DOES wash out... hooray!) Nothing here is Halloween-ish at all, as we all know that the following are absolutely mandatory prerequisites for the holiday in question:

* the darkness falling earlier and earlier,
* the eerie crunching of leaves underfoot,
* the dry, dusty bite of cold, late autumn air, lightly perfumed with stubble-burning smoke,
* the thrilling suspense about whether you'll have to wear a snowsuit under your costume.

But it is nothing of the sort here. To be honest, I'm not even sure if they celebrate Halloween here -- it might be more of a Guy Fawkes country. On the other hand, I have never known Wellingtonians to pass up an opportunity to dress up, so we'll have to wait and see.

7 comments:

Speaka said...

No Hallowe'en...many people are particularly against it but...Guy Fawkes is an awesome party! Everyone has their own fireworks...so all night the town sounds like its exploding. Very beautiful to watch...especially the fireworks downtown.

Faye said...

Just when I finished buying enough Hallowe'en candy for 100 kids (had 120 last year at the old house), my new neighbour tells me they had 12 kids last year. Doug is in for a LOT of chocolate bars!!

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Anonymous said...

What? No Halloween? You should educate them, but leave out the part about it being only for children. You'll get more candy that way :)

Margaret said...

I'm finally catching up on the blogs.Between house hunting non-stop with Fred
and Sherri and doing my shows...it's busy here.
But I have to tell Karla
what Lane is wearing for Halloween. He's going out
as Wonder Woman.
He originally wanted to be a cheerleader but the costume didn't fit him.
Apparently last year a bunch of girls dressed up
as boys...
Love from Mum XXOO

wayne said...

well Halloween is upon us - the snow has fallen and the scary movies have littered the networks. The participation in costumes and activities has shifted to work and community places during the day. Many staff has dressed up flamboyantly and the students at the Aboriginal Center set up a "haunted hallway at the back of the rotunda which was very creative and "scary". As for children comming to the door for treats there has been a constant decline with the exception of the neighbourhood kids. So I think adults are taking over this tradition and I am going to start thinking about my next years costume.
Wayne

Amanda and Kendra said...

Hey guys, Kendra had a blast tricker treating for the first time... she was a lion and a very brave lion at that... things have changed soo much even in the past 10 years... while i was out with kendra we noticed maybe all of a dozen kids out in costume... im proud to be a child of the 80's lol kids now dont know the meaning of fun...