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Nothing to be Tricked about…


This prompt is a bit difficult to sink my teeth into, but I am going to try to teleport back to the States for the trick a treating.

Halloween is still novelty and at infantile stage here in the United Arab Emirates, even though I saw some costumes and scary masks displayed in the shops, I observed that it is mainly people of Western culture that ventured to those aisles.

With the insularity of inhabitants in this place, my presumption is that the parents will be filling their children’s candy bags themselves. I am doubtful that there will be much knocking on doors going on.

On the other hand, let me let you in on a secret, if the truth be told, we African Nations are not particularly fond of celebrating Halloween.

Ha! It almost seems as if we are inviting the trouble of the dead and buried by doing so πŸ˜‰

Hei! Biko kwa! (I speak in my vernacular to help you understand the seriousness of the affair), why would we want to go invoking the spirit of the dead who should be resting very well in peace?


May All the Saints please remain nicely hallowed in their allotted portions at the cemetery.

Nonetheless, since I like the kids in the neighbourhood, if I were in the States, I shall spare them some candies the following day when all the saints have gone back quietly to their various abodes πŸ˜‰

Enjoy the short skit below.

Quick Glossary:

Ha! An exclamation in this case meaning ‘What!’

Hei! Another exclamation like ‘Oh dear’

Biko kwa: Please/I beg your pardon.

Mbanu. NO, indeed!

Β© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

In response to The Daily Post prompt Trick or Trick

Let’s imagine it’sΒ Halloween, and you just ran out of candy.Β If the neighborhood kids (or anyone else, really)Β were to truly scare you, what trick would they have to subject you to?


36 thoughts on “Nothing to be Tricked about…

  1. I like the history of Halloween, posted about it today. It’s an ancient old tradition that goes deep, very deep and far back. Halloween today is just for kids, there is no celebration anymore, most kids don’t even know what it is about. It’s a candy collecting event.

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  2. Yea, here in the US we have made Halloween into a candy-getting event for the kids. Halloween is supposed to be about the dead coming to get treats so they can go back to their graves happy. But we dress up like princesses and clowns who are still alive. The significance has gone. The trick was supposed to be that if someone did not give the “trick or treater” some candy, we could throw raw eggs at their house. Hahaha. Of course, we were too poor to throw our eggs at anybody. I don’t think of the supposed “dead” souls as “the devil” like it says in your video, as good people die, too. It is supposed to be good, kinda scary fun where folks get a chance to be outrageous once a year with kids getting as much candy as possible.

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  3. Halloween appears to be a fun-festival, and to be truthful, I am fond of zombies and other under worldly creatures – they are a lot funnier than normal, serious people like us. When kids dress up like them, they are funnier and cuter still. So I love Halloween.

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    1. It is fun seeing the kids in their adorable outfits (even though I worry how safe it is for them going from door to door of peoples homes). It is not something I grew up practicing but my kids are helping me get abreast with these things πŸ˜‰

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      1. They usually grow in groups and for the little’uns there’s an adult herding them – so I think they are safe enough. (Halloween is mainly an American festival and America is still a lot safer than the nations you and I are used to.)

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  4. That is true, Halloween isn’t one for some African nations but that is all changing now with expat and intermarriages. My girls had fun carving pumpkins and handing out candies before setting out on their own trick or treating…only day of the year that’s socially acceptable to bang onneighbours’ doors

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