Friday, October 26, 2007
Black Cats and Pumpkins
It’s that time of year again. Americans are buying candy, carving up pumpkins, and trying to decide what kind of person, creature or comic book character they wish to pretend to be for a night.
Halloween on the military base is perhaps more surreal than Halloween in general, because it’s sanitized. Whereas elsewhere this is a holiday for kids to be cute and adults to wear things they’d never dare to wear in real life, here the second part of that equation is markedly absent, and everything is focused on the kids. Even if you haven’t got kids, you’re supposed to hang out with a family that does have kids, so as to partake of the cuteness. And if you do find a gathering of adults, the gathering is short (so as to get back home to the kids) and the costumes, while semi-required, are only slightly more racy than your average stereotypical schoolmarm.
Halloween falls this year on a Wednesday, so it appears that most people are celebrating tonight, Friday the 27th. Am I among the celebrants, you might ask? Perhaps. There’s a gathering of mostly adults at the residence of our embassy’s Marine security guards this evening. But I have no costume and no time to get or make one. And given only a few hours, it’s certainly harder to invent a modest one from what I’ve alrady got in the closet than it is to modify some things and make up one that is on the racier side. Any suggestions? Maybe I’ll just avoid the whole incognito thing altogether…