Hurrah, Halloween is round the corner. You will either be politically incorrect by wearing traditional costumes of other countries, then pretending to be zombies or don a wig and pretend you are a hot chick (in the event you are a hot chick, I’m sorry).  I was told to dress up as a geisha with a chemical burn on the side of my face, not accepted.

To experience Halloween, you can either visit the haunted houses around the island, or simply buy a ticket for the ‘fake’ ones in Sentosa or Scape. I’ll share some Halloween facts with everyone since the Old Changi Hospital is getting boring and I have not attended yet another costume party.

1> Halloween is also known as All Hallows Eve, Samhain, The Feast of the Dead and All Hallowtide

2> Thousands of people around the world suffer from Samhainophobia, which is an irrational fear of Halloween

3> The first Jack o’ Lanterns were actually made from turnips and not pumpkin

4> In Hollywood, there’s a USD$1000.00 fine for using “Silly String” on Halloween

5> If you see a spider on Halloween’s night, it could be the spirit of a dead loved one watching you.

6> Halloween dates back to over 2000 years ago as a traditional pagan celebration

7> Legends say that bobbing for apples may have originated from a roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees

8> On Halloween, Irish peasants would beg the rich for food. For those that refused, they would play a practical joke. So, in an effort to avoid being tricked, the rich would hand out cookies, candy, and fruit – a practice that morphed into trick-or-treating today

9> The number one candy of choice for Halloween is Snickers

10> The official Orange and Black colors of Halloween came from orange being associated with the fall harvest and black symbolizing darkness and death.

That’s all folks. Have fun scaring the daylights out of your friends and for some of you, have fun pretending you are scared.

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