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An­gel bright, life in death; get off the road, don’t suck my breath.” These words by au­thor Harper Lee rang in our ears as we en­tered the res­i­dence of Charge D’af­faires, US em­bassy to In­dia, Marykay Loss Carl­son. On Fri­day night, she opened her Delhi homr for early cel­e­bra­tions (Hal­loween is cel­e­brated on Oc­to­ber 31). Lights were dim and mu­sic, spooky, as Michael Jack­son’s Thriller greeted us. The front yard was turned into a grave­yard, and at the en­trance, Marykay’s hus­band, Aubrey Carl­son, dressed as Grim Reaper, wel­comed us. Cook­ies with cob­web frost­ing, carved pump­kins and grimlysmil­ing skeletons added to the mood. This is Carl­sons’ se­cond Hal­loween in In­dia. “Back home in Vir­ginia, we have a two-car garage, but we can’t fit a car in there! We’ve Christ­mas decor on one side, Hal­loween on the other,” she said. And, from uni­corns to pi­rates, and corpse brides to cow­boys, we spot­ted ’em all. The Charge D’af­faires saw guests off from time to time, and even of­fered can­dies, part of the Trick or Treat cus­tom. As we left, we saw a black cat jump across the bound­ary wall, merg­ing with the black of the night. “An­gel bright...” Happy Hal­loween, y’all!

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