My fun Halloween posting for 2016:💀👺👹👾👿
In the mid 1980's when I first went to Canada, it was right smack into a cold September in Winnipeg. Worse, I had my land-lady who insisted I paid her rent exactly at the end of each month, in cash.
When I forgot in the second month, she waited for me at the foot of the staircase and warned me she would switch off my heater if I didn't settle.
Stalked in the forest, too close to hide
I'll be upon you by the moonlight side (1)
She kept her word and I was left shivering for two cold nights in the attic where I lived until I paid up. But quick justice brought everything to normal when I was advised to report her to the local Rentalsman office in Manitoba.
If there's something strange
In your neighbourhood
Who you're gonna call?
Ghost busters (2)
I forgot the date as it was Halloween night and my young native Canadian neighbours surrounded me with, "Tricks or treat!" Growlings and haunting screams followed.
I was on my way to a night class for Prof. Perry Nodelman's Children's Literature on a Wednesday evening. Luckily my same Canadian friend prepared me with packets of sweets, chocolates and goodies in my backpack.
Cause this is thriller, thriller night
And no one's gonna save you
From the beast about to strike (3)
There were smiles all round as I shouted, "Treats!" The growls and screams stopped as I dished out the sweets. Goodness my first ever experience of Halloween. And it was a cold, cold night, if you notice the pictures. But it was a fun night. I managed to find my way to class after clearance from the ghouls.
But on the way back to the house, after hearing of the goodies I gave out earlier, another bunch of Halloween haunters came after me. This time there was even a Michael Jackson Thriller guy. Their whispered password?
"It's Andy with the sun-glasses! Get him!"
Burning the ground I break from the crowd
I'm on the hunt down I'm after you... (1)
We ran all the way to the nearest McDonald's where I had to buy hamburgers, fries and Coke for the group. I had no more sweets but it wasn't against tradition to buy these boys a meal. Believe me. It was my only experience with Halloween horrors in my life, even up till today. But I really wouldn't mind another one.
You should try drinking ice-cold Coke on a bitterly chilly night in Winnipeg. Brr.
Yes. No wonder year-end months are Septem-berr, Octo-berr, Novem-berr and Decem-berr.
Halloween 2016, here I come again.
If you want a Halloween treat write to me on the Comment page and I shall provide you with some sweets and chocolates. That's a promise!
(My elder son introduced Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran when I was still in Singapore. Songs like these were heard everywhere in Canada in the mid-eighties. Never forgot them.)
Scary Monsters - David Bowie (1980)
Ghost Town - The Specials (1981)
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics (1983)
Creatures of the Night - KISS (1985)
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(1) Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran (1982).
(2) Ghost Busters - Ray Parker Jr (1984).
(3) Thriller - Michael Jackson (1982).