No one is too old for Halloween. Everyone has the right to enjoy it. Not to mention, numerous activities are available for a person of certain age group or interest. Surely, you’ll never run out of things to do.
Let’ say you are the type who loves to read comic books. There’s no need to wait for the Free Comic Book Day because Fully Booked and Comic Odyssey will again take part in a worldwide celebration called Halloween ComicFest. Visit any of the participating Fully Booked branches because they will be giving away one (1) free comic book made especially for the holiday per person. But if you will visit Comic Odyssey branch at the Fort, they will be giving away three (3) comic books per person. In addition, GoNuts Donuts at the Fort branch as well as Oishi and Pez at all participating branches will be giving away treats.
Speaking of treats, there are many Trick or Treat events out there. Certainly there will be one in your village or subdivision, malls near you, and hotels. For adults, costumes and entrance fee won’t be a problem. But for parents with kids is a different case. Children’s costumes may be costly. If you can create one and improvise, that would be great. But if not, don’t worry. There are free and affordable Halloween events at Tiendesitas, Greenhills Shopping Center and more.
But if you are a “Horror Enthusiast” and interested in getting spooked this Halloween, I have three activities that you might be interested in.
Watch a Movie
Rotten Tomatoes lists the top 100 horror movies of all time. Choose which one you like and buy or rent a copy. But there is this Filipino psychological horror film released in 2011 that I would like to share. “The Road,” by the Philippine Director Yam Laranas is a traditional or typical horror story. However, the way it was presented, the cinematography, and the atmosphere made it stand out. It is definitely not the typical films you see these days where they just surprise you.
As Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times writes, “The dead are unquiet and the living are terrified in “The Road,” a powerfully atmospheric blend of ghostly encounters, horrific situations and missing-persons mysteries from the Philippine director Yam Laranas.” The film gained positive feedbacks from critics as well as a fair 67% and an average rating 6/10 from Rotten Tomatoes.
Read a Book
Not everyone loves to read a book. But this book I will be sharing is a compilation of 24 terrifying tales from various authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King. Book lover or not, you will be able to read at least one story. My favorite from this collection is The Kit-Bag by Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951).
“For the first time in his life he began to feel a little creepy. Then, as though to emphasize this feeling, an odd thing happened: as he left the bedroom, having just packed his recalcitrant white shirts, he noticed that the top of the kit bag lopped over toward him with an extraordinary resemblance to a human face. The canvas fell into a fold like a nose and forehead, and the brass rings for the padlock just filled the position of the eyes. A shadow — or was it a travel stain? for he could not tell exactly — looked like hair. It gave him rather a shock, for it was so absurdly, so outrageously, like the face of John Turk, the murderer.”
Solve the Mystery
Do you play escape games? If yes, well the first live escape game can be found in the country! Mystery Manila allows people to solve mysteries. As of now, there are two branches – Libis in Quezon City and Jupiter in Makati City. Libis has three mysteries – Justice for Jamila, The Ticking Time Bomb and The Chained Chamber while Jupiter has two – Rebecca’s Room and The Sinister Sensorium.
Each of this mystery is represented by a room wherein the mystery solvers will experience the exact scenario. Gather your thoughts and the clues because you only have less than 60 minutes to solve your chosen mystery.
Have fun this Halloween! But whatever activity or activities you choose, do not forget to visit your deceased loved ones at the cemetery, light a candle and say a prayer. You can celebrate Halloween for a week; however, All Saints’ Days and All Souls’ Day falls on November 1 and 2 only. Give time for everything that is important.