We all know that it is that season again, that much-looked-forward-to season where we get to attend plays, play ‘dress up’ and scare the lights out of people. Halloween is usually a time of fun and games, parties and celebrations, where people who are still basking in the beauty of a colourful ‘fall’ prepare for the periods of thanksgiving, merriment and excitement with their family members or loved ones, things that are characteristic of the Christmas period.
Halloween is a contraction of the words ’All Hallow’s evening,’ the evening before All Saint’s Day, which is a Western Christian remembrance and celebration of the departed Saints, Martyrs and others who died in the faith. Regular features of Halloween are trick-or-treating, costume parties, bonfires, pumpkin carving, pranks, and most other scary things.
To the artistic eye, Halloween (and the days leading up to it) might well be a period of protracted visual pleasure as one gets their eye’s fill of creative ideas. Wherever you choose to look; teenage boys and girls, enthusiastic children, indulgent parents, there will be that person to stand out and tickle something within you. If you look keenly you might find, amidst the sea of typicality, an element of undisputable artistic genius. And who knows? This might even be the springboard for some excellence that will be birthed by you in the future.
Generally, this season is one that the writer enjoys a lot, waiting around train stations at night or riding the upper deck of buses and observing through unobstructed lenses the comings-and-goings of a people happy and free….
What is your favourite thing about Halloween?