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.
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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