October 26, 2006 at 11:00 pm 18 comments

Halloween is big in Canada, well at least here in Winnipeg.  As early as late August, once the school supplies are gone from the store shelves, they are immediately replaced by Halloween costumes and decorations. 

Here’s Ryland checking out the costumes. He’s already tired of wearing hand-me-downs from his two older brothers and he asked me to buy him a new one.  I said yes.  He by-passed the cutesy costumes like Spiderman and Superman.  He’s too big for those now.  He picked the howling ghost with eyes that light up.


This was the last time all three of my kids wore Halloween costumes.  The year 2002.  Reggie was a wizard, Ryland was a bee, and Ryan was a bird.  This year, it’s only Ryland who’s going trick-or-treating.


Halloween is not an official holiday.  It is a work day and children still go to school.  The younger children all go to school in their costumes.  In my son’s school, students from kindergarten to grade three have a parade in the gym, while children from grades four to six usually have an outing to a roller skating rink here in the city. 

There are also people at work who show up in costumes.  Common costumes are a witch, a ghost, a doctor, a nurse, etc.  Some people would wear an orange shirt or sweater.  I know a Filipino guy who wears his Barong Tagalog every Halloween.  And they also decorate their cubicles.  There is usually a Halloween decorating contest at my workplace.  The spookier the decoration, the better chances of winning. 

People also decorate their houses.  I only have one Halloween decoration.  This 10 light pumpkin set. 


Some people decorate their houses with printed orange garbage bags filled with leaves. 


Some use pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns. 


Some use bats, skeletons, or Frankenstein. 


Or witches. 


Some would hang ghosts in their trees.  Skulls and the yellow crime scene tape are also popular. 


And there are a few who buy the inflatable decorations.  This is my favourite one so far.


On Halloween night, some houses even play spooky sounds.  The ones whose houses have decorations are usually the ones who give out treats on Halloween.  So my kids already know which ones to stop by and then they holler “Trick or Treat!”


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18 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Toe  |  October 27, 2006 at 1:45 am

    Halloween looks like fun! It’s something we Filipinos never enjoyed back home.

  • 2. ipanema  |  October 27, 2006 at 6:01 am

    This is cute. But I can never relate. All I have are photos of my nephews and nieces donning costumes and all.

    But we have halloween parties here which I don’t go.

    I like the decorations.

  • 3. zeroimpact  |  October 27, 2006 at 9:56 am

    Sounds really fun
    The spirit is high and interesting too
    Trick or treat!

  • 4. Amadeo  |  October 27, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    Found this preoccupation with regard to Halloween also in Michigan. And done quite early prior to the actual holiday. Houses with decorations galore!

    But not so in many parts of California. But the kids do dress up and go trick-or-treating.

    But, Boy, in San Francisco downtown, that’s where the action really is! San Franciscans have elevated the celebration of the day to an art. And if one is familiar, especially around the Castro district.

  • 5. haze  |  October 27, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    I really love to party during haloween in that old picture! I’m sure doble ang itinaas nila, nagbibinata na ha ! I never experience or even see decoration, kainis dito sa France wala man lang ganyan sa harap ng bahay 😦 ! Some organize a costume party but very very rare ! I hope to experience it one day!

    Your kids looked adorable, hey don’t forget to share their new pictures ha, will wait for it with their new costumes 🙂 ! Happy halloween to everyone !

  • 6. niceheart  |  October 27, 2006 at 11:09 pm

    Toe, it’s fun, especially for the kids. 🙂 And I heard that it’s also now celebrated in the Philippines.

    Ipanema, I can only compare trick-or-treating to caroling in the Philippines. Back home, we give loose change to kids when they sing carols from house to house, here we give candies to children who are dressed in costumes as they also go from house to house.

    Zeroimpact, yeah, it can be really fun.

  • 7. niceheart  |  October 27, 2006 at 11:14 pm

    Amadeo, there are also a few houses here that are elaborately decorated. I remember once, when my oldest one was still little, one homeowner even invited us inside her house and it was decorated with cobwebs, spiders, bats and all witch stuff.

    Haze, you’re right. The kids are a lot taller now. Huwag ka nang mainis kung hindi uso ang mga decorations diyan. At least less gastos. 🙂

  • 8. cruise  |  October 28, 2006 at 12:24 am

    wow ang saya ng halloween sa canada, ang ganda ng mga decoration… dito sa pinas palang nagluluksa kapag undas 😦

    sana dito rin naka custome nga estudyante papasok sa school pati na rin mga empleyado.. hmm ano kaya ang isusuot ko kung ganyan din set-up dito sa pilipinas?

  • 9. noemi  |  October 28, 2006 at 7:58 pm

    Halloween has been celebrated for most villages in Metro Manila in early 2000 but as far back in the seventies, kids were trick or treating in villages where American expats resided. Halloween can be extravagant in the swanky villages, even more extravagant than the western counterparts, I must say.

  • 10. niceheart  |  October 28, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    Cruise, baliktad nga ano. Dito, it’s all about fun, pero pagluluksa naman diyan. Ano nga kaya ang costume mo? I wear my witches hat and my black jacket when I bring my kids trick-or-treating. 🙂

    Wow, thanks Noemi for that information. I was actually surprised when my cousins sent me pictures of their kids in Halloween costumes a few years ago because I never experienced that when I was a kid. So it was being celebrated pala in a few places there.

  • 11. Abaniko  |  October 29, 2006 at 12:49 am

    Halloween isn’t big here in Pinas except in rich areas where kids go from one house to another with their yayas trick-or-treating. Here, the popular activities are karaoke parties, tong-its and mahjong in cemeteries during the holiday.

  • 12. ann  |  October 29, 2006 at 1:50 am

    Ako rin, dito pa sa KSA ko nalaman yang celebration ng halloween at trick or treat na yan, kung saan pa bawal.

  • 13. phil  |  October 29, 2006 at 7:56 am

    After Christmas, Halloween was my most favorite American “holiday.” Funny how the secularists use that word without thinking that it means “holy day,” and Halloween truly is a holyday… part of the All Souls Celebration… No one gets a day off for it in the US, but I still loved it… I think its time for a Halloween post… Yeah!

  • 14. mmy-lei  |  October 29, 2006 at 8:10 am

    Malls here join the bandwagon of halloween, wherein children are invited to join with their costumes and they are prizes awaiting.

    Mostly expat kids lang ang sumasali, ayaw pa din ng mga arabo.

  • 15. niceheart  |  October 29, 2006 at 11:41 pm

    Abaniko, trick-or-treating there is for the rich pala. I can understand because it can cost you to buy treats to give out to kids. And of course, you also have to spend on the costumes.

    Ann, another thing that’s bawal diyan sa KSA. Ang dami namang bawal ano?

    Phil, it’s also one of my kids’ favourite “holiday” because of the candies they get. 🙂 Looking forward to your Halloween post.

    Mmy-lei, there is also trick-or-treating in the malls here. There are some parents who’d rather bring their kids there, especially the smaller ones because it’s warmer inside the building.

  • 16. Kyels  |  October 30, 2006 at 12:13 am

    Knock knock!

    Trick or treat Niceheart?!

    Hehehehe. I love the pumpkins! And the celebration sure is cool. Too bad in Malaysia Halloween is not something big. I have to experience a Halloween party next time. Hahaha.

  • 17. niceheart  |  October 30, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    I’ll take a treat, Kyels. 🙂

  • 18. DenzelWjer  |  November 1, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Hey people, HAPPY HALOWEEN! A little late..


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