Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Halloween 2016

Halloween has always been a strange holiday, but you haven't tricked or treated until you've partied with drunk Chinese people in zombie makeup who have no idea why everyone is dressed up. Just tell them it's the tradition and they'll go along. I've met plenty of Chinese people who don't understand Chinese traditions, but follow them anyway. “That's just the way we do it” is good enough.

We've had a big Halloween party every year I've been in Hong Kong. More often than not, I have no idea what kind of costume I'm going to come up with until the last minute. They're usually not very good. Probably because I only come up with them at the last minute. Unfortunately, I'm usually not the worst. Fortunately, there's always someone who put some effort into it and does something interesting. This year, I don't have to worry about it.

I was originally supposed to go back to Tel Aviv at the beginning of November, but now I'm going at the end of October. That means I'll not only miss the election, but also Halloween. I'm looking forward to the election as seen through Israeli media. I'm guessing Halloween isn't going to be the same.

I've been told it's not very popular in Israel. They have Purim in March, which is more giving to charity than begging the neighbors for candy, but they dress up in wild costumes and party, which is pretty much what Halloween is all about if you're not a child.

I'll miss Halloween this year, so I won't see any zombies, vampires or pirates, but if Trump wins the election, it will be the scariest year ever.

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