When you have purchased a Halloween outfit, it is quite nice to think that you will get more
than just one wear out of it.
You know how Christmas tends to start earlier each year, and then supposedly goes on for about twelve days (that is until the post was invented and made the sending of partridges, geese, lords, ladies, milkmaid too expensive (or illegal))? Well, Halloween has a habit of doing the same thing in various festivals around the world: Whereas we thought we’d got the spooky season done and dusted around the end of October and early November, down in Bolivia they are having one of the two Days of the Skulls they celebrate a year (the other is on May 5th) in which the skulls of dead ancestors, kept to watch over families, are decorated with garlands and offered cigarettes, alcohol and chocolate – the sort of things we’re warned could kill us whilst alive. Very ironic, but curiously interesting: Whilst this obsession with the Dead may seem odd to many, the Western world seems to be developing its own increased enthusiasm, albeit for zombies (hitherto only part of voodoo beliefs of the Caribbean), as evidenced by the demand for Zombie outfits over the Halloween period. Some costumes just don’t know when to call it a day.