October 28, 2009
Are You Ready for Halloween?
Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but personally, I love the cheesiness of Halloween. Carving pumpkins, giving/getting candy, making ridiculous decorations, watching scary movies, buying dry ice that really serves no other purpose but to look freaking awesome, candy apples (not to be confused with caramel apples), etc.
How old is too old to trick-or-treat? Around my campus people are basically just into partying, but back in my hometown (close to San Francisco), we would get college kids coming to our doorstep, decked out in costume. Usually if anyone was older than 14, my mom would make them do something somewhat humiliating to get a piece of candy—dance around, howl, sing, whatever.
If someone had tried to make me do that I would have just left…granted, I quit trick-or-treating when I was like 13.
Halloween originates from Celtic traditions of All Hallow’s Eve and All Saints Day—a Catholic holiday in honor of their saints. The living did not want to be haunted or possessed by he dead, so they would dress up on All Hallow’s Eve in ghoul-like costumes. Hence, the beginning of the tradition of dressing up in disguises.
Since then the holiday has evolved out of the Catholic religion and into an excuse to party, decorate, and gorge ourselves on sweets. Have a safe and happy Halloween this weekend!!
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am