It’s officially the 1st of November which means the so called ‘spoopy’ season is over. Being a bit of a geek, I love Halloween, and the chance to dress up as one of my favourite characters fills me with joy. However, this year I had a relatively quiet Halloween and so I decided to write this blog to reminisce about my Halloween in America.
In America, people tend to get more in to Halloween than in the U.K. I spent the night of Halloween in America watching the Rocky Horror Picture Show and enthusiastically joining in audience participation with a packed audience of people dressed up as Riff Raff, Columbia, and Magenta. Walking around the mall beforehand it wasn’t uncommon to see people in various costumes and instead of being confused kids would call out happily when they saw I was dressed as Sadness from Inside Out. At work in the week leading up the event my office was decorated for Halloween and we had a bowl of assorted candy for visitors to help themselves to. The international student fellowship I was part of even hosted a large event to introduce students who were from cultures that did not celebrate Halloween to the holiday where we carved pumpkins and participated in apple bobbing and the scariest of Texan activities – line dancing.
However, in the UK I stood out like a saw thumb when I went in to work with dramatic make up on devil horns on my head. Despite having a small house party on Friday, I spent the night of Halloween itself at a Sports and Activities Zone meeting, watching trashy TV with my housemate and napping on and off on the sofa. The University and Union themselves get quite in to Halloween, with a whole week of club nights in the week leading up to the holiday and a pumpkin carving contest on the ‘big day’. Generally, though people don’t get very much in to the Halloween spirit – our student house didn’t get a single trick or treater knock at the door and I didn’t see any kids out and about despite the fact I live in an area popular with young families. The scariest thing about Halloween for my this year was the essay deadlines that are getting ever closer on the horizon!
So, readers both British and American I’d love to know how you celebrated spooky season in comments! Happy Halloween!