Little monsters and angels come alive as school celebrates Halloween

Witches, warlocks, monsters and superheroes came to life on the premises of Park Global School here on Wednesday.

For those who were wondering why the children were trotting around in these curious costumes, the answer is a little-known festival to Indians - Halloween, which is celebrated with much fanfare in the United States and many European countries on October 31.

Over 100 students got dressed as monsters, ghosts, vampires, witches and devils, providing a different experience for the invitees who thronged the institution. And to counter the monsters, many children were dressed as angels. The word 'Halloween is believed to have been derived from the 16{+t}{+h} century Scottish phrase 'All Hallows Evening' which was celebrated on the eve of November 1. It was believed that this was the time of year when the physical and supernatural worlds were closest and a time when magical things could happen," said Anusha R, CEO of Park Group of Educational Institutions.

According to her, the event was organised with a view to introducing the western celebration to the children as they have to live in an increasingly globalised environment, where cross-cultural exchanges were fast becoming a necessity. "The belief is that ghosts will visit people on this day. So a section of children were dressed as ghosts and others as supernatural figures. At the same time, angels will be there to give protection from the mischief of the ghosts,'' she said.

In many western countries, the children go door to door in search of a treat and if they are not treated, they will play tricks on the inhabitants of the house. "We have hung Jack-O lanterns (lanterns carved out of pumpkins) around the school building to create the ambience," she said. The sweets and toffees distributed among students added to the joy of the celebration.

S Gokul, a class seven student dressed as a ghost tried to frighten guests with his menacing stance. But a group of little angels soon drove away the ghost. C Vishakan, another student said he enjoyed scaring people.

"From Onam to Ramzan and Christmas, we celebrate all festivals in our school. Children need to learn about different cultural practises," said Anusha.

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