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Re: Halloween! 2013
« Reply #105 on: November 02, 2013, 09:40:11 AM »
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So I prepared a King Diamond costume, complete with top hat, cloak and massive Satanist necklaces but failed to find any make-up, which made my costume pointless and I decided to give it up. Since my country doesn't celebrate Halloween, it's simply IMPOSSIBLE to find any cheap make-up for costumes except when it's Purim, the Jewish costume holiday. Of course I considered taking make-up from my female friends but decided it's too much of an effort for a small party. So the costume would have to wait until Purim, around 4 months from now. 
Me and my friends still had a nice party. Girls decided to make halloween-themed decorations, some punch, and lots of cakes and cookies. That was when I found out that I can't eat too many sweets. The sugar and dough is killing me, and eating sweets with alcohol seems to me a bit weird.

Oh, well. Here's the video that inspired the costume.

King Diamond - The Family Ghost [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
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Re: Halloween! 2013
« Reply #106 on: November 02, 2013, 03:07:10 PM »
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I don't mean to ruin the Halloween vibes here, but the October monster-fest never went down amongst my favorite holidays. For a while now, it's started to become a bit too commercial for my tastes. It's no longer as deep-rooted in culture or tradition as it could be, and that often puts me off as I stare at miles of aimless horror-themed adornments. Although it's still a good excuse for trying out a few... imaginative wares.  ;)

As for my Halloween activities, well, I took a flight. Predictably, there weren't exactly many Halloween-oriented activities available. Ah well. At least I carved a pumpkin as a small distraction before I left.
« Last Edit: November 03, 2013, 01:38:35 AM by Intersection »
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Re: Halloween! 2013
« Reply #107 on: November 02, 2013, 09:18:26 PM »
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Every holiday is commercialized these days. But I think this has helped Halloween find its own identity. It's been freed of its religious roots, both Pagan and Christian, to become a masquerade festival celebrating all things spooky which everyone can enjoy. You can have the Halloween you want, as elaborate or simple as you please, tailored to your own tastes and beliefs.

The rest of the "Holiday season"... not so much. Thanksgiving is forced traditional food with family, at least some of whom you're likely to not enjoy the company of very much. Then with Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/New Year we've got all the commercialism of Halloween and then some, plus schmoltzy sentimentality and a bittersweet reminder of our own aging.

Plus the yearly bickering between religious and secular groups over "the meaning of/reason for the season". Because some can't accept that the winter solstice has been celebrated by different cultures in different ways for many thousands of years. Maybe it's not as bad in countries other than the USA. But every. single. year. here there are thousands of people (mostly the more conservative Christians) who act like saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" is a personal affront to them, and will miss no opportunity to moan about someone wishing them a good day with a more inclusive phrase than they wanted. In spite of the fact that they are celebrating two holidays closely together, counting New Years. This is just one of the ways the never ending "war for the meaning of Christmas" happens for at least 25 days every year.

So, yeah. Halloween is more customizable, more inclusive and just more fun.
« Last Edit: November 02, 2013, 09:41:30 PM by Ratty »

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