There’s no trick-or-treating in Finland. I think it’s just too cold to be walking around in the dark, going door-to-door foraging for candy, for something like that to ever have caught on as a tradition. There are a few decorations, but not many. There are no haunted houses and such. The only people who really celebrate it are adults, who throw costume parties. Overall, it’s pretty low-key. The official holiday here is All Saint’s Day, tomorrow, and I’ve got a whole post coming about that.
Since we’ve been together, Katie and I have used the month of October as an excuse to mainline old horror movies. Classic Universal Monsters. Hammer Horror. American International Pictures, and Corman Poe flicks. We’ve been binge-watching episodes of the original Dark Shadows and Boris Karloff’s Thriller. I wish I were running a horror RPG, even a one shot, but that wasn’t in either the schedule or the cards.
Tonight we’re going to a party, thrown by a lovely Chinese friend of ours. I cannot remember the last time I went to a Halloween party. I had to have been in my twenties. I have a touch of social anxiety, as I do not generally enjoy these types of gatherings, but I truly like any of the people who will be there, and it will be a chance to see them. As they’re mostly graduate students, it will be a bit more mellow and mature, and not a “college party.” Maybe I’ll get to see what some other cultures do with this holiday.