A Halloween Story #FridayReflections

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?

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  • Leanne
    28 October 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I loathe Halloween – people encouraging small children to knock on strangers’ doors and demand lollies or they’ll egg your house – what’s with that? It’s an American tradition that Australia seems to be jumping on board with and I’m rather sorry about that – and about your unfortunate rabid dog almost-encounter!

  • Roshan Radhakrishnan
    29 October 2016 at 1:21 am

    I was okay with the part about kids having a fun time running around and bonding with the neighbours, at the expense of sweets. But yes, egging is not on and sadly, in today’s world, there is more to be afraid of, isn’t there?
    the rabid dog incident is an insane thing to do…
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  • The Unknown Journey Ahead
    29 October 2016 at 9:18 am

    In the United States, Halloween has gone out of control, I think. It’s a way different holiday now than years ago, with over the top decorating. Some people spend a lot of money on the holiday. I listened to a conversation on the bus today – one of the men was discussing how he was going to dress up in gore makeup and sit on a chair in his front yard just to scare the children. He was really looking forward to it. Ugh!

  • Ness
    30 October 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Oh no! That incident with the dog would have been so scary as a child. Or even as an adult! I had some dogs attack me walking home from school with my boys a year or so ago. Not nice.

    Yeah, Halloween. Not really into it, but my boys want to go trick or treating. We will limit it to a few nearby streets and Mick or I will go with them. I don’t really have any costumes or tricks up my sleeve though. Don’t really get it.
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