This is Halloween! in a country where no one cares

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YAY!!!!!!!!
SO, turns out English people aren't too excited about Halloween! Kind of disappointing in a country where we plan really far ahead what we want to wear as a costume, and spend a lot of money on it, and make sure that we have really awesome plans, and spend time decorating the house, and carving pumpkins, maybe making cookies in Halloween-ish shapes, and getting candy for/whilst trick-or-treating. Nope. None of that. None. Except a little bit of costumes, but even that seemed down-played.

I had wanted to go into the city to see if I could find some excitement there, but no one wanted to come with me. I wasn't about to go by myself, because I figured it might not be the safest thing to do, so I caved in and bought a ticket for the party at the Student Union pub on campus like everyone else who didn't have cool plans.
BOOOOO!!!!!
The night was mediocre, even though Nathan and I had a nice walk in the dark before the party, and we watched The Exorcist afterwards (really scary... I wouldn't have been able to sleep after if it hadn't have been four in the morning). I did wish I was at home having my own sweet Halloween party like last year, but I was at least able to find glory in my super awesome Halloween costume. For years I've been telling myself, "I hate that everyone wears such slutty Halloween costumes all the time, and I hate that it's so important that everyone spend so much money on a good costume, and what happened to trying to look scary? Where have the old values of Halloween gone? Why has it turned into a grand mating ceremony? And what the heck am I going to do, because I don't have any money for a decent costume?!?!?" Having had this pass through my mind on various occasions, I'd told myself that maybe I should just buy a sheet, cut two holes in it for eyes, and be a ghost.
See, you don't even know who I am!
I mean, they did it in Charlie Brown, remember? Anyone? Well, I do, and that's exactly what I did, and I was SO, SO, SO happy. I looked way more awesome than everyone else, and for only £5 and about five minutes of prep work. Granted I couldn't see very well, and was completely blind to anything below the holes in the sheet, BUT, people kept smiling at me, and telling me how cool my costume was, so it was worth it. People didn't even know who I was, and didn't even know if I was a guy or a girl. It was sweet. It's not scary to do weird things or to dance by yourself at a dance party in a bar if you've got a sheet over you. It was so liberating. Sometimes I would lose the people I came with, and be dancing alone, and I would start to smile really big under my sheet, because I would think, "Man, I must look SO silly right now, dancing in this costume!" It was the best. Some guy asked me if it was a bed sheet, and I said, "Well, it was," and he was like "That is so cool!" Heck yes it was. Mission accomplished.

londonstudent says:
You may think that we're not too excited about Halloween, but there's ten times the activity than there was a decade or two ago. When I was a kid, Halloween was virtually unknown; I couldn't even have told you what date it was. All one's thoughts were on the forthcoming Guy Fawkes' Night.
Posted on: Nov 05, 2006
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YAY!!!!!!!!
YAY!!!!!!!!
BOOOOO!!!!!
BOOOOO!!!!!
See, you dont even know who I am!
See, you don't even know who I am!
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