Halloween is actually next Wednesday, but because that’s in the middle of the week a lot of parties, special themed attractions and trick or treating are going to be happening this weekend, beginning tonight.
It’s not really a holiday at all, but so much merchandising goes into it, and so many youngsters are encouraged to dress up in costume by their parents and peers, that Halloween has become nearly as eventful as Christmas. It certainly is just about as commercial.
Retailers say the day is one of the biggest for candy sales, small bite-sized candies for giving away especially. Kids will be trying to fill their bags with the sweet stuff, probably to the dismay of their dentists.
Both tonight and tomorrow night, we urge drivers to be careful and watch out for costumed trick or treaters. Parents should make sure their youngsters wear bright clothing—Darth Vader is probably not the safest costume—and carry flashlights with them as they make the neighborhood rounds.
Some traditionalists will wait until Wednesday night. The religious days that follow, All Saints Day on November 1st and All Souls Day on November 2nd, will not be observed early. Families will make their visits to grave sites on the second day.
But for the fun, and scary, parts of Halloween much of the activity is planned for this Friday and Saturday. The grownups who like to dress up in costume and party will be out there on the weekend. Just remember GPD will also be out, so designate a driver who doesn’t imbibe in adult beverages.
And drive carefully. If you are transporting any costumed youngsters be sure they are in the proper kind of car seat or booster, properly belted in. And enjoy whatever you do this weekend.
Happy Halloween from all of us here at Marianas Variety Guam!