Remember when Halloween was for kids. That seemed to change around that time that “Halloween” the movie came out in 1978. You remember Halloween, about a boy who killed his sister and was sent to a mental institution. That movie ‘launched’ the slasher horror genre. It was directed by John Carpenter and starred Donald Pleasence and introduced Jaime Lee Curtis.
It also seemed to mark a change in the Halloween culture. Bars, resto-pubs, movies, costume shops…they all seemed to get into the Halloween or All Hallows' Eve act. And why not….it is the start of ‘winter’ in this city – yes, few want to hear it, but that is the reality of living in Montreal.
It is the start of the month of the dead in the Christian liturgical year. The Christians were great at compromising and absorbing local traditions and customs in their early years. “A popular pagan feast…we have a saint for that…” But seriously, Halloween has taken over from masked balls, junkanoo and carnival costumes with a little bit of the macabre, strange or even funny.
From Barney to seagulls; Hobo’s to Breaking Bad; Dust balls to super heroes or hotties….Halloween has it all. Plus instead of giving gifts, you get to get stuff…no wonder some of us never grow up.
- Be nice to strangers and little kids
- Drive slow
- Do not obstruct your vision if you are going door to door.
- Be nice to the BEES
- Give stuff that is properly wrapped.
- Make pizza for your cousins that might drop by
And.... do not forget that other ‘B’ word….BOO!!!
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