Halloween is one of those special times of year when people go a little crazy on the decorations, costumes and parties. Second only to Christmas or maybe third to Valentine’s Day, Halloween gets a lot of attention from the young and the young at heart.
As a child, I looked forward to creating the best costume and proudly carried my Unicef box to collect coins for needy children around the world. But it is as an adult, I’ve had the most creative license. One year I was a baked potato, complete with a tinfoil covering, coloured felt to represent bacon bits and chives, a yellow sponge as butter and a cleverly constructed hat made from a recycled sour cream container. Another, I wore a “Hello, my name is” sticker with the word ‘Done” written on it and stuck a fork in my chest (not really – I had a piece of Styrofoam shoved down my top to absorb the blow) – I was “Stick me with a fork, I’m Done” – get it?
These days, given the opportunity, I’ll dress up with the craziest of them, however most of the time I stay home to dole out candy to the neighbours’ kids. One year was particularly busy and although I had prepared to receive 200 kids, found myself scrounging at the bottom of the candy bowl for treats to give away. So desperate was I that I raided the kitchen cupboard for granola bars and then when they disappeared, contemplated using my stash of ketchup, vinegar and soya sauce packets from previous take- out meals. Fortunately, the onslaught came to an end before my supply of edible treats did and crisis was averted.
However you choose to celebrate, do so wisely and safely and remember to set your clocks back an hour after the trick or treating is done as we enter Day Light Savings Time on November 1.
Happy Halloween from the Communications Team!