Thrills and spills

Thrills and spills

SPOOKY HALLOWEEN

Thrills and spills

It’s time to slip into those colourful costumes, party with friends, enjoy some candy and spook people out! Halloween is here and people across the City are gearing up to go ‘trick or treating’. 

For people who celebrate the festival back home, it’s time to party again. Sofia Nathalie Cecilia Nicklasson, the CEO of a hotel booking website, is from Sweden and says that the festival is celebrated in Sweden just like it is in the US. “Back home, we dress in our scariest costumes and go partying in the evening.

The day includes ‘carving pumpkins’ and ‘jack-o-lanterns’, ‘trick or treating’ with neighbours, having scary themed cookies etc,” says Sofia. She says that her most memorable Halloween was the one when she dressed up as a devil. “This year too, I plan to hang out with friends and party,” she says.  Kathryn Kylee from Atlanta, USA hosted a party last weekend in full grandeur, as she will be busy working this weekend. 

“I dressed up as the ‘Mad Hatter’. I loved Johnny Depp’s character in the movie and had a similar hat,” she says. Kathryn who has been in the City for a few years, says that she plans to host a party every year from now.

“We had appetisers, main course, cake and lots of candy spread on the serving table,” says Kathryn. She says that the celebration wasn’t different from how it is back home. “I had created the festive mood with scary decorations. I like the day as it helps you feel free,” she says.

Many believe that the day is for youngsters. Natallia who is from Belarus doesn’t celebrate the day, but her daughter does. 

“Kids wear costumes and come trick or treating and I love that. But I personally don’t celebrate it,” she says. Her daughter Anastasia, who dressed up as ‘Brave Merida’ last year says that it was one of her favourite costumes. “My mother made the dress. I loved Merida in ‘Brave’ and wanted to dress up as her,” says Anastasia, who plans to dress up as a penguin this year.

Petra Vejvodova from Czech Republic, who is a teacher at Canadian International School, says that though she doesn’t celebrate Halloween, she will wear a costume to encourage her students. “One of my favourite costumes is that of the ‘Corpse Bride’. I had to choose something that I could wear all day at school. This year too, we will be having a party in school. I’m hoping to dress up as Wednesday from ‘The Addam’s Family’,” says Petra. 

She says that back home, the festival is not celebrated. “The day originates from the concept of celebrating the dead. In Czech Republic, we pay our respects to the dead and visit the cemetery around this part of the year,” she says. Petra believes that Halloween is a great day for the kids to dress up and celebrate.

Others like Dan Durkin, COO with Habanero, who hails from Colorado, USA says that he likes the festive mood but doesn’t dress up anymore. “I used to celebrate the day as a kid but haven’t observed it since my university days. I will be helping my daughter with her costume this year,” says Dan.

 He says that his house is decked up with Halloween decorations like streamers, jack-o-lanterns etc. “I have a lot of fun memories associated with Halloween from planning our costumes one month in advance to getting free candy,” he sums up.

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