“Trick or treat! Trick or treat!
Give me something good to eat.
If you don’t, I don’t care.
I’ll pull down your underwear”
I sang to The Husband a little Halloween song that I learned when I was small.
“Where’d you learn that stupid song???” he asked.
Then I went on to tell him how we were invited to go trick or treating in one of the exclusive villages in Metro Manila. I remember going as a scarecrow, a poor and sad representation in my father’s puke green shirt, a soft yellow button down shirt on top, loose ribbed leggings and, to complete the costume, an abaca pumpkin haphazardly glued to a straw hat. Chef sister went as a Japanese girl in a lemon yellow kimono, dotted with red poinsettia-like flowers and the sleeves and edges lined in sapphire blue, holding a delicate fan to her face.
We were taught the song, to be sung before knocking on the doors to ask for candy, then took pictures and we were off to collect our Halloween candy stash, going from one house to another. The houses dressed in Halloween garb: cobwebs, pumpkins, black cat cut outs, mummies, were the ones that welcomed trick or treaters like us.
Trick or treating then was only done in the well-off neighborhoods. But nowadays, it seems that everybody in the Philippines has jumped into the Halloween bandwagon too. Offices do it (especially for the employees’ children). Other villages and neighborhoods do it. Though maybe not schools, especially the more conservative Catholic ones. Or do they?
So have The Husband and I joined in the Halloween fun here?
Maybe because I do not want to attract any ghoulish spirits or energies to our peaceful abode? Maybe I just have lost interest in consumer driven holidays? Maybe because I do not want to spend on decor to be used only once a year plus no space to store it too (We don’t have any Christmas decor too BTW.)? Maybe because we don’t have either kids or pets to dress up and parade around the neighborhood?
So I just delight myself in seeing others revel in this commercial holiday. Let them decorate their houses. Let them wear silly costumes.
How about you? Are you wearing anything special this Halloween? Or are you joining in the candy giving festivities?