Halloween in Canada
I must preface this post by admitting a hardcore truth to you all: I have partied with people from all around the world, and I had ranked the Czechs, Germans, and British as some of the best people to party with and thought that no one could top their efforts.
However, I have recently discovered I was wrong. None of these peeps can even compare to Canadians. Fact.
Canadians - or at least, my friends here in Antigonish - are FULL ON.
They are hardcore.
They are the creme de la creme of the people you want to have fun with.
They are enthusiastic, dedicated, and fervent party people who jump at any chance to dress up in fabulous costumes, dance the night away, and generally make life in a small town so much more exciting.
In short, they are the coolest peeps on the planet. Well, besides us Aussies, of course.
So you can imagine the kind of frenzy a 'holiday' such as Halloween would incite in the hearts, and indeed the livers, of my Canadian classmates.
Houses were decked out, vast quantities of candy purchased for would-be trick-or-treaters, costumes creatively constructed out of all sorts of materials - some of them were serious works of art, I'm not going to lie - and preparations for a massive night of fun and festivities got underway.
As this was my first time celebrating Halloween, my mates took delight in my amazement and excitement. And I'll be honest, I was acting like a ten-year-old: I was so ramped up by the decorations, costumes, and free lollies everywhere. For reals.
So, in reflection, I have come up with the top 3 things I learned about Halloween based on my experience in Canada, and I wanted to share them with you:
1. It's all about the costume
This is some serious stuff we're talking about here, people. It is ALL about the costume and who can come up with the most creative, inventive, hilarious, off-the-wall costume. If dressing up in costumes was an Olympic sport, I think my friends here in the Nish would have taken the gold for sure. Amazing.
2. Sugar is rife...and free
I'm not kidding, candy can be found everywhere - stores, desks, houses, classrooms, on the side of the road… They just love to give the stuff away! It's enough to put anyone into a diabetic coma...
3. Halloween is the best excuse for a party
Seriously. And it doesn't matter if it is on a Wednesday night in the middle of the semester and you have a 10 am class in the morning - you still party. Legit.
To be honest, though, I think the best part of my first Halloween was the fact that I got to spend it with my best mates here in the Nish who have all embraced this little Aussie and welcomed her with open arms into their lives. I have truly found some wonderful people here in Canada, and I am so grateful to all of them for playing a part in my journey and giving me amazing experiences to tick off my list.
Last night was filled with non-stop laughter, dancing, singing, big smiles, hugs and kisses, and an all-around awesome atmosphere of fun and frivolity. It was truly one of the best experiences I've had in my travels around the world, and I know that I'll be bringing the Halloween spirit back to Australia.
Watch out, next October 31st. This. Is. Happening.