Once upon a time when I was about seven years old — or maybe eight — I celebrated Halloween for the very first time. It was around the time I lived in Salalah and a few friends and I decided to go trick-or-treating together. I dressed as a clown. Yeah, very original I know. My friend’s mum helped with the makeup and outfit. I can’t remember what my friend went as but one of our other friends was a mouse. I still remember his silver mouse costume. Anyway, around 8 pm or so, four of us — two guys and two girls — left for our adventures. We made our way out through the back in the dark. As we walked via the narrow pathway — the two guys, a girl and then me — in a single file, we were met by the most horrific Halloween shock.
There were loud barks.
Now, to those of you who don’t know, Oman didn’t have dogs. And there had been a rumour about someone somehow letting in a dog in our area and the dog being a rabid one.
Needless to say, the barks freaked us out. And then we saw it. A dog!
We all screamed and ran. Somehow, in the process, I tripped and fell. My ‘friends’ abandoned me as they rushed to save their own lives. I swear I thought the dog came close to me. But to be honest, I was so scared, I can’t remember if I imagined that or if it truly happened.
I didn’t get bitten. But I did have a dirty clown outfit and smudged makeup. And no amount of sweet treats that night made up for the shock. Of course, I did have a nice time telling off my friends.
Since then though, I’ve never celebrated Halloween. It’s a stretch to think it’s because of that incident but I’ve never been one for it. After all, I don’t see the point in stuffing your face with chocolate you practically demand from others and play a trick on them if they don’t give you what you want.
Call me a cynical bastard but what’s the point of it all?
Halloween as a fancy dress party I totally get. Halloween as a way to play a cruel trick on someone? Nah!
What about you? Are you for or against Halloween?
Any stories to share?
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1. Halloween – Yay or Nay? Share your thoughts and experiences or even a Halloween story.
2. If I won a million dollars…
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4. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams. Use this in a post of your own or as inspiration for a post
5. Picture Prompt (courtesy Living my Imperfect Life)
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