My brother Guise and his friends observe All Saints Day in the Philippines with the twist of Western influence. They never missed holding a costume party every 31st of October —- the night before the day the memories of the relatives who passed away are observed every year.
Since coming to Winnipeg 12 years ago, I have put on halloween theme in the house during this time of the year. And just like our kids, I’ve always been looking forward to sporting a costume. This is a chance after all to be creative and be someone else even for just a few hours.
I’ve been a witch many times, a pirate, cowgirl, prisoner, construction worker, bat girl and last year, Lola Nidora.
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Days before halloween, I made up my mind to dress up like this fierce controversial Philippine senator.
I needed to be prepared for this one big Halloween party that I will be attending. My very first Halloween Party .
Was thinking of a costume to rock that is not so expensive, interesting, funny and most of all–unique and challenging.
Was on the bus a day before the night of the party when something else popped on my head. And so I jumped out of the bus and took another bus route again going to that big value store in Pembina. It’s the best place on earth for second hand items . Got my self an old looking long skirt and a black top. In 30 minutes, I got what I needed.
A quick run to the dollar store for a mask and my old wig completed my get-up. My own kids were scared of what I became.
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Call me “Kampanerang Kuba” (Hunchback of the bell tower)— inspired by a local folk story back home. Even my friends did not notice it was me behind the mask until I revealed.
Costume of all sorts, colors and types were all amazing at the halloween party.
But other than the costumes, masks and make-up, it was the sense of oneness, energy and passion of everyone that made the event spectacular. It’s a charity event in celebration of our friend John Zumba’s fourth anniversary.
“John the Encantadia” ZUMBANNIVERSARY. Master Zumba Instructor John Zumba celebrates his fourth anniversary in the zumba community through a charity zumba halloween event held at the St James Civic Centre, October 29th, 2016. Proceeds go to Answering Cry of the Poor (Ancop) .
Didn’t quite realize my last minute $10 dollar costume idea would be a hit and yes–this fun. It even got me a prize for the night—second place for best costume.
And yes, fully-geared with my costume, I joined my kids in trick or treating and we had a fun time!
It is not just about getting candy treats or the dressing up part that makes Halloween interesting every year.
Halloween is like embracing a spirit of community. It adds spice to the monotony of busy daily routines every fall. And for adults like me, it gives a feeling of being a young kid once again– to do a bit of role playing, to simply have fun and GET CRAZY!
Hope you all had a great Halloween! Till next year!