Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dreaming of a Halloween Party

Halloween is fast approaching -- so what? Filipinos do not celebrate the spooky holiday as the Americans do. In the U.S., Halloween is the second biggest holiday in terms of retail sales. Here in the Philippines you may find Halloween decoration in commercial establishments but you'll rarely see them in homes, especially in the typical middle class neighborhood. Halloween in the Philippines is more about commemorating departed loved ones.

And that's really frustrating. I love Halloween! I'm a fan of spookiness - the supernatural, ghost stories, witches, vampires, etc. When I was a kid I've always wanted to go trick-or-treating but that never happened. Even as a grown up I've never attended a Halloween party. Well in the streets of Malate in Manila, decked with clubs and bars, costume parties happen on the Saturday closest to October 31st. But street parties are not my thing.

If I have my own place (and enough money) I'll invite my friends over for a real Halloween party. I will adorn my home with creepy but classy decor just like the ones at MarthaStewart.Com. There are a lot of really nice ideas there. Click on the clipping to learn how to make your own decoration. ^_^

I will require my guest to wear a costume - they will have to be an evil being and not some character from a movie or an anime series. There will be scary story-telling, divination, and magic tricks, and spooky background music will be played. This is how a Halloween party should be!

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