Check It Out: Hallowe'en
Davies, Debbie, The Independent (London, England)
YOU'RE WALKING in the pitch black. Eerie noises echo behind you and ahead there is spooky laughter. Although you can barely see two steps ahead of you, you carry on. Just then, a hand tugs at your sleeve. Your heart leaps. You let out a scream that hasn't escaped your lungs since the day your brother put a dead mouse in your lunch box. You turn to see a small creature, dripping with blood, bulging eyes staring out from rotting flesh. "Trick or treat, it's Hallowe'en!" shrieks the little devil. Then he produces a Trick or Treat bag with a blood-red Tesco logo on it, stuffed full of moody Mars bars.
Was Hallowe'en really once a great Celtic festival? Today, retailers have taken over the event to such an extent that you need a vivid imagination to lose yourself in its ghostly appeal. In America, things are different. Hallowe'en is fast becoming a bad taste holiday for adults celebrating the latest scandal. Last year's hit was a Mike Tyson mask, complete with a rubbery section of Evander Holyfield's ear. This year, "Wild Bill", a Clinton look-a-like mask covered in lipstick kisses with a panting tongue, is the thing to buy. The Hallowe'en holiday has become a $2.5bn (pounds 1.5bn) retail bonanza making it the second biggest holiday after Christmas in terms of sales.
This year, Hallowe'en falls on a Saturday, so there is every reason to make it party night. You may even find your children tempted to stay indoors and play games like apple bobbing. Safeway (01622 712987 for nearest store) has everything you need for a tasteful Halloween party. Decorate with black and orange balloons (pounds 1.49 for 12), and Trick or Treat …
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Publication information: Article title: Check It Out: Hallowe'en. Contributors: Davies, Debbie - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: October 24, 1998. Page number: 10. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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