Why My West Indian Ass Won’t Do Halloween

candyIn quite a few countries in the Western world, people are engaging in the observance of Halloween, a time to dress up in a disguise of choice, attend parties and go trick-or-treating.

While in previous years, Halloween wasn’t a thing in the West Indies, the idea of celebrating the occasion is quickly catching on here, especially among the younger, mass-media-consuming generation.


In spite of this, I will continue to be among the few who pay the occasion no mind, and it’s not because I’m a killjoy, nor am I condemning those who do choose to pay mind to it. I choose to refrain from doing so for the following reasons.

My Trini Superstitions


West Indian people are way too superstitious to be messing with anything that involves the spiritual realm and the dead (or the undead), and Trinidadians are no exception, especially when they’re from the old school. We just don’t play like that.

I Don’t Need to Get into Costume to Have Candy


I can scarf down Butter Fingers and M&Ms and Snickers and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups without putting on a disguse, just sayin’…

Christmas and Carnival are Right Around the Corner


Any self-respecting Trinidadian will currently be too busy saving for what we consider more important dates to observe-that of Christmas and Carnival. Shelling out cash for costumes and Halloween parties just seems unnecessary in comparison.

We Already Have Our Own Special Occasion to Costume Up


I’m talking Carnival. If we’re going to get into costume, it’s usually for a two-day street party, and there’s going to be a lot of exposed skin, a lot of color, and a lot of glitter.

So, there you have it, people. While everyone else will be putting on various elaborate disguises and going out tonight, I will be staying in with a glass of wine and some good TV. You guys be safe and have fun, though.

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani

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