Re­veal your dark side this Hal­loween

The Wharf - - Details - AN­GELA CLARKE You can fol­low An­gela Clarke on Twit­ter at @TheAn­ge­laClarke.

Hal­loween is my favourite hol­i­day – al­though, it’s not tech­ni­cally a hol­i­day is it? More of a celebration? Who cares? It’s up there.

Christ­mas comes a close se­cond. Though since I’ve grown older and De­cem­ber 25 comes with in­creased house guests and potato peel­ing, the shine has come off that bauble a bit. So pump­kin day it is.

It’s some­what em­bar­rass­ing to con­fess, even though I make my liv­ing writ­ing crime thrillers, I’m not a fan of hor­ror films.

Many of my thriller writ­ing pals are com­mit­ted to the genre, sub­merg­ing them­selves in ghouls and gore the mo­ment Oc­to­ber ar­rives.

Hal­loween is spooky, creepy, and – de­pend­ing on the num­ber of killer clown sight­ings – gen­uinely scary. But as some­one who is freaked out by Casper the friendly ghost, that’s not the bit I en­joy. I love Hal­loween be­cause it’s sub­ver­sive.

In a world where we all work so hard to look good, I love the white-chalk-painted-faces, fake-drip­ping-blood aban­don­ment of Hal­loween.

You can string up cob­webs, when you would spend the rest of the year try­ing to hide that kind of house­keep­ing fail from un­ex­pected guests. You get to dress up and be some­one else for the night.

Not you at work in the of­fice, not you on your birthday, not you in a se­quined Christ­mas frock, but you in dis­guise. Which is to say the op­po­site: a truer side of your­self that adult life doesn’t (usu­ally) let you ex­plore.

Throw off the shack­les of the suit, and em­bar­rass your creativ­ity. That is what is at the tof­fee ap­ple heart of Hal­loween. It’s a chance to ex­press your­self. Plus, there’s of­ten a lot of choco­late and sweets about.

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