My memory of the 60's does not bring back the frightening fun of Halloween because not many locals knew about it like they do today. It was confined amongst the Caucasian households while many Chinese homes followed the religious 7th Moon or Hungry Ghosts Festival where spooks and demons were the order of the season. And this year it's this month of August from the 3rd...
As a young boy, I had always been petrified and disturbed by an old folktale about skin coloured bats hanging upside-down from tree branches.
She did, however, explain that these giant human-like bats originated from Indonesia. Bat is kalong in the Indonesian language.
"She doesn't suck your blood," mum emphasised, "but wrap you up close to her soft body and fly you away..." By this time my whole being slumped in fear and my heart thumped with cemetery-like precision.
It doesn't matter whether it's a Chinese ghost, English ghost or Malay ghost. They are ghosts! So be careful.
With evil on her mind
Beware the devil woman
She's gonna get you from behind. (2)
Careful of Hungry Ghosts everywhere.
Don't play, play! Better pray, pray!
1. Devil Woman: by Johnny Lion.
2. Devil Woman: by Cliff Richard.
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