Trick or treat?
Somewhere around October 31 and I suspect there were a few on November 1, Jamaicans were snapped partying away at Halloween-themed events.
They dressed up like ghouls, ghosts, Ebola isolation technicians and all manner of other creatures and professions. As a rule, I don't have a problem with Halloween. Like other observances I don't celebrate or participate in, I merely look on at other people doing so. Others take a dimmer view. While perusing 'Fassbook' the other day, a few of my friends were complaining bitterly about how Jamaicans have accepted Halloween, to the point where they are seeing people, in costume, at their regular grocery store. Imagine running into Dracula in the meat aisle? Better the turkey neck than yours I think.
I'm not about to get into the history of Halloween, but I'm playing devil's advocate (no pun intended). The thing is some Jamaicans are tailor-made for Halloween the way they dress to go to 'regular' parties. Considering the heavily-tattooed skin, the reflection of the now-bleached face under the video light, and throw in the tons of make-up that would make a mosquito have to dig for days to reach the skin, some of us don't have to get a costume to look scary. Admission to the parties would be a little easier too because usually persons in 'costume' pay less. If you had to take public transport to get to the party, well, that's tricky. Not sure how many people will relish sitting beside Frankenstein. And consider the taximan who has to carry a combination of Catwoman, Han Solo and Fred Flinstone. Yabba dabba do!
I remember the outcry that emanated when the late Byron Lee et al were championing the cause of carnival. Now people can't get enough of it. To be fair, being a Caribbean thing (big up Trinidad even though unnuh still nah let we in), more people can see with carnival. But there is one aspect of Halloween I'm not sure will take off. Knowing my luck it's happening already, where children are going around in costume and knocking at doors saying "trick or treat". But I'm willing to bet it won't be a big hit across the wider Jamaica. Let's face it. There are some areas the police aren't going into, much less pickney 'bout dem a look candy. Can you imagine Ms Louise, who is still miffed about the light bill she just received, answering her door to see little Spider-Man and Wonder Woman asking for Snickers? The response would not be fit for airplay I'm sure.
Admittedly, it would be nice if people actually understood where foreign festivals have their origins and then take it from there. But, hey, if you want to look like what happens if you walk into radioactive waste, who am I to judge? For some of you, it might be an improvement. Later.
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