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Bunnies and Witches

Posted November 21st, 2014 at 01:42 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
My sweetie recently covered the fridge with photos from Halloween. She also included pictures from Halloweens from the last ten years. It was not hard to see the trends, with the pictures side by side like that. She is always a kitty or a bunny, or a witch. Her kitty and bunny are cute and friendly but her witch is evil.

I always seem to be some sort of armoured warrior. One year, a samurai, another year a wolf-headed humanoid. This past Halloween I had goat horns, armour and a nice cape. I learned long ago not to carry weapons on Halloween- they just get in the way. My real purpose is to carry my kids bags of treats. Iím really just a fancy dress sugar mule.

This was the first year I did not make costumes for my kids. Also for the first time, the eldest two didnít go out. The other two created their own costumes Itís a sign of changing times. The only one who pestered me abut costuming was my sweetie. She wanted to make sure I was dressing up. She did not want to be dressed up all alone (it was a witch year_

We live in a neighbourhood that has a lot of immigrants. There are also lots of folks who decorate their yards like crazy for the season. The house two doors down goes all out every year- this year they had what looked like a giant buzz saw and several bodies hanging from the trees. I have never been that fond of gruesome displays- friendly ghosts and witches are okay- and I can only imagine what the immigrants think of the North American way.

The newcomers in my neighbourhood come from all over- Africa, the middle east, the orient. They are generally nice folks and they try to do their best here. But they seem totally baffled by Halloween. Their kids come to my door trick or treating- usually they donít have costumes, just big smiles. Thatís okay. They seem nervous and excited, which is understandable, because itís the day where things are completely upside down. We are told to be wary of strangers, not to go into strangersí houses, and especially avoid yards where there are giant buzz saws and hanging bodies. But on this one night you can visit and theyíll give you sweet treats and crunchy chips.

I have neighbours who donít like immigrants Ė but this usually doesnít extend to their children. Itís just the parentís they donít like. Does that make sense?

Itís a weird holiday, with Christian roots, but I think itís morphed into something else these days. My kids and I have visited houses were middle aged couples hid in leaf piles and jumped out at us, dressed as zombies. Then they gave us chocolate and wished us a good night. Itís bizarre.

This was also the last year that my own frail parents handed out treats. Theyíre crossing that line- before they wanted to participate in life in every way, as it slipped through their hands. Now itís too much. Theyíre having trouble with waking and everyday living and handling trick or treaters left them sick and exhausted.

I hadnít realized that I always dressed as some kind of fantasy warrior every single year. Do you think your costume is a subconscious manifestation of your inner self? ItĎs true of my sweetie- she is a bunny and kitty and a witch- a wonderful witch. She certainly has put a spell on me. And me? Am I some kind of humanoid warrior? We all are, for life is a struggle much of the time.
As a child I usually made my own costumes. I was a Confederate soldier, an Indian, a lion headed humanoid- unconsciously I stuck to my warrior theme. About ten years ago we did a family theme- the kids were all Peter Pan, I was Captain Hook and my sweetie was Mr. Smee.

Is there a trend in your Halloweening?
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Joseph Sweeney's Avatar
Holloween does of have Christian roots, particualarly Roman Catholic -- it actually means something to the extent of "hollow's eve", or "the eve of All Saints Day" (it being the day before the feast of All Saints Day). I think the idea of Holloween was first developed were people would dress up as certain saint, but then people started to dress up as more scary things, I believe, with the impression that it would scare away demons or something.

It's been at least five years since I dressed up, but I always dressed up as something(someone) I wanted to be. I liked Holloween because you got to pretend to be someone else, and nobody could tell who you were because you were behind the mask. I wasn't particularly happy with myself when I was really little, because I wasn't very likable (not because I was an ass or anything) but just because I was quiet and not much fun. So being somebody else was kinda an escape route for me and that's why I liked Holloween.
Posted November 21st, 2014 at 08:29 PM by Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney is offline
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flameslayer93's Avatar
I don't think I've dressed up for halloween for about 7-8 years. Though, I usually do pass out candy, or fall asleep, or both. This year was different, as my suster and I visited our dad at work. Probably gave him some company outside his 2 underlings.

I'm not sure how Canadians handle it, but Happy Thanksgiving, Sylvano! And then Merry Christmas!! ^_^
Posted November 21st, 2014 at 08:38 PM by flameslayer93 flameslayer93 is offline
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Joseph Sweeney's Avatar
What kind of monster is a suster? Did it eat your dad?

~JS
Posted November 22nd, 2014 at 07:25 PM by Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney is offline
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flameslayer93's Avatar
Hehehe, susters are known to look like cheeky young ladies but in reality they have claws that can extend up to 5 feet long. They typically don't eat their prey, instead drinking the blood from them, similar to spiders.
Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 12:19 AM by flameslayer93 flameslayer93 is offline
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Joseph Sweeney's Avatar
Ohhhhh. I have one of those -- not particularly friendly creatures.

~JS
Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 02:38 PM by Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney is offline
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flameslayer93's Avatar
Lol, I have 2 of them. They're friendly if you always feed them particularly sugary things.
Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 04:53 PM by flameslayer93 flameslayer93 is offline
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Joseph Sweeney's Avatar
The funny thing is, sometimes I can develop a strong affection for other people's susters. It's really weird -- I think they have magic powers or something, which totally adds to their scariness.

~JS
Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 04:57 PM by Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney is offline
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flameslayer93's Avatar

That is, once you've gotten older of course. Ohohoho

Yes, but one will find that befriending susters will prove costly.

Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 05:13 PM by flameslayer93 flameslayer93 is offline
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Joseph Sweeney's Avatar
Agreed, very costly, because after becoming very good friends you have to bribe them to keep them from attacking you.

~JS, who notes multiple ways you could've taken FS93's comments
Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 06:30 PM by Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney is offline
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flameslayer93's Avatar
Just remember, you get what you pay for!

Buy a stainless steel necklace and she'll wrap it around your throat when she decides to break up with you. Whether or not "playin' the field" has anything to do with that...

Flameslayer, pointing out that he isn't a player or a hater.
Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 07:27 PM by flameslayer93 flameslayer93 is offline
Updated November 23rd, 2014 at 07:30 PM by flameslayer93 (Sorry for derailing your blog Sylvano lol)
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Joseph Sweeney's Avatar
Hehe -- yeah, sorry Sylvano. Although this has been a most interesting conversation.

~JS, who will leave it at that to avoid further distraction from the topic at hand
Posted November 25th, 2014 at 09:58 PM by Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney is offline
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chas's Avatar
Halloween was originally Samhain, way before monotheism, when the barrier between this world and the next grew thin, and you could honor your loved ones who had passed on, and all those who went before them.

It seems to be developing into an adult party holiday lately, which shows how people need some real markers in their lives, and more fun too.
Posted November 26th, 2014 at 03:15 PM by chas chas is offline
 
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