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Spooking the pandemic

Almost two years into the pandemic, Covid-19 may seem like a monster that won’t go away

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Mortals claim that Halloween, like no other night of the year, is the time for skeletons and specters, ghouls and ghosts, witches and wizards. It is ideal for explorations in haunted hotels and deserted dungeons. Newspapers are full of spooky stories, while chilling decors abound at expansive malls and gated villages.

However, it is the perfect night for kids to roam the streets to go trick-or-treating, accompanied by their moms and dads, as they all eat too much chocolates and candies, biscuits and sweets in one go as if there is no tomorrow.

(from left): Kyla Selma, Rya, Zia, Uri, Eco Llaban, with Sachi, Khael and Khaleb Selma. / Photographs courtesy of subjects

Several theories abound on the origin of the Halloween costume. Much like the holiday itself, the practice of dressing up was the result of a mixture of traditions, ranging from pagan to religious from around the world. Human nature had an instinctive inclination to dress up as it offered the chance to face their fears, live out their fantasies or bring out hidden characters or double personalities.

Butch Carungay with nieces Vida and Bella Figueroa.

A theory was that during the Celtic Festival, held on 31 October to 1 November, the dead and supernatural beings walked the the earth. The undead wandered around and performed antics in exchange for food and drinks in the Middle Ages.

As time passed, people modified the celebration and started dressing up as demons and ghosts, comic book superheroes, blockbuster movie and television characters, pop culture icons and popular creepy movie fiends.

(from center photo, clockwise): Niko and Pinky Basubas in Squid Game costumes with baby Aurora Beatriz; Cecilia Bernad; Blake and Divine Go with their children, Baz, Blanca and Dali; and Iñigo Lorenzo Tan.

Fast forward to Halloween 2021. Almost two years into the pandemic, Covid-19 may seem like a monster that won’t go away. This unwelcome visitor brought about the cancelation of traditional costume parties, most notable the one at Cebu Country Club, which started during the American colonial period.

But with the assistance of parents, children could not be robbed of this fun-filled opportunity.

Doyzkie Buenaviaje

With some common-sense safety steps, the spookiest night of the year was observed in Cebu with young kids donning scary and fun motifs, limited within the privacy of their family homes and some communities.

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