Halloween making a comeback
I have never bobbed for apples.
For those that know me, it probably isn’t that much of a surprise. I’ve always thought it was a little gross — you could bite into an apple someone else had already tried to pick up. Yuck.
But besides the old tradition of dunking your head in a giant bucket of water to attempt to fish out a delicious Macintosh, Halloween has really changed in the past two decades.
For years we’ve seen less trick-or-treaters at our doors and fewer homes decorated for the season.
But a comeback of haunted house events has stirred some nostalgic emotions for some locals in the Carbonear area, myself included.
I have never been one for getting scared, but the age-old traditions of mischief and fright on Halloween goes without saying.
When I moved to Newfoundland in 1997, I didn’t know how into Halloween people were.
I was in the sixth grade. The Grade 5 class was chosen to do a haunted house on our school stage.
I grew up in Toronto, where elaborate décor was the norm. But if someone approached you in a costume that you didn’t know, it was the norm to turn away and find a grownup.
I liked the low-key style of Carbonear though, because it wasn’t as scary. And everyone knew everyone.
This first Halloween haunted house in Newfoundland was a memorable one. Unfortunately, not for the reason many would think.
I wasn’t scared. Rather, intrigued at the quaint set up of black garbage bags creating a cave-like atmosphere. And all the students were involved.
But what happens when you jump out at someone who has been told to avoid people that have their faces covered? Let’s just say the poor kid took a fist to the scream mask he was wearing. It was only after I realized I wasn’t in Toronto anymore, and this poor kid was more scared as a participant than I was as an observer.
I didn’t know for a few years who it was in the mask, whether it was a boy or girl, someone I knew or not. When I found out, I did apologize. And I haven’t taking a swing at a ghost or goblin since.
Over the years I have attended plenty of haunted houses, trick-or-treated at many doors and seen hundreds of costumes.
And I feel there is a love for Halloween returning that has started with these haunted house events. So prepare for next year, there could be plenty of new and exciting things to check out.
I just hope bobbing for apples never makes a comeback.
But what happens when you jump out at someone who has been told to avoid people that have their faces covered? Let’s just say the poor kid took a fist to the scream mask he was wearing.