Halloween all year round

 I remember those childhood days when our parents used to entertain almost every other night. In those days it was very fashionable to socialise and a person’s career often depended on his social skills and those of his wife. I remember it was almost mandatory to get your Boss’ approval before getting married and many a young man had to introduce his wife-to-be to the Boss! What a change from today when children don’t even introduce their spouse to be to their parents but just present them with no option but to acquiesce.

So with all these parties going on, we children too had our own parties because we were dragged too to various homes especially when the parties they were held in homes of friends and were unofficial. But in those days children were not meant to be seen or heard so after wishing the elders we were all bundled into a room where we were supposed to spend the rest of the evening. In retrospect, I think it was quite a ridiculous thought since we often had to spend four hours without so much as food and drink (our parents used to feed us at home) and we were all expected to flop on the beds and go to sleep. We possibly did do this as babies but as we grew older, it was harder to fall asleep in a strange bed with ten other children!

We did the next best thing which was to have our own party. And since the parents were so busy drinking themselves silly outside (there were no drunk driving laws in force) we could do whatever we wanted inside without fear of being disturbed. Most of the games were harmless enough starting out with Ludo or Snakes & Ladders or even Bluff. Then as the numbers increased we played other games like Name,Place,Animal, Thing, Chinese Whispers . But then as the din outside increased and the numbers inside increased we played DARK ROOM when we put out all the lights and played hide and seek. It was all perfectly harmless with shrieks and laughter and pillow fights adding to the merriment. The oldest would normally wear a sheet and spook us with ghost stories , sometimes he/she would only reveal the whites of the eye by turning up the upper eyelids and shining a torch from below, thereby producing a really terrifying effect………..

We didn’t have to wait for Halloween to get spooked . We could do it almost all year long!


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Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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