What can possibly be better than Christmas?

Certainly not getting stomach aches, but the cause, yes that is sickly sweet. My family might argue that maybe there is something almost as good as Christmas. My cousins call this time of year the only time they get to eat way too many sweets. I must say, they aren’t far off from the truth!

BOO! Did I scare you yet? Well you will run for your life when you hear that children enjoy this dark and scary night. All Hallows Eve or the common name, as you may know it, Halloween. Yes, that special time of year has finally been enjoyed by children all around the world, all you must do is dress up and you get free sweets. Practically heaven, I must say.

Although, I wouldn’t recommend taking this fun holiday as a completely fun activity. What happens if there really are ghosts? Or witches? Or the other stuff you take lightly. What will you do then?

Now that is the real question, but lucky for you I have solved all these worries that your young minds should not be bothered with.  

To get rid of ghosts you could:

  1. Sit fully upright with your ankles together in saltwater.
  2. Burn an incense stick.
  3. Play music.
  4. Clean the space.
  5. Burn sage or cedar.

To get rid of witches you could:

  1. Apply witch hazel.
  2. Drink apple cider vinegar.
  3. Eat a lot of foods rich in garlic.
  4. Apply tea tree oil.
  5. Eat cayenne pepper.

If none of them work, then there is nothing else for you, so you are officially doomed.

On a happier note, here is the description of my community’s Halloween celebrations in a nutshell.

Firstly, at around 6 o’clock everyone would have an early dinner and at around 6:15 pm the first group of trick or treaters would turn up at your door. These smart kids knew that a house was doing trick or treating only if they had a lighted Halloween pumpkin on their doorstep, otherwise those residents were joy-killers. They would ring the bell and the resident would get joyous shouts of “Happy Halloween!” or “Trick or treat!” My cousin had an amazing trick when one nice old lady complained that no one does tricks anymore. You see, he had a torch, but it was no ordinary torch for when it shone it showed shadows of scary Halloween creatures. The kids would then get one sweetie each but in the rare case of sympathy, some would even get up to a handful.

Remember parents, those help yourself signs really are a terrible idea…

-Sanchana Hiththatiyage