Thursday 21 September 2017

Witches are old hat! The trick today is to be scary – but in a non-threatening way

The undead: Zombies are meant to be scary
The undead: Zombies are meant to be scary

David Robbins

My daughter is dressing up as a plain, common-or-garden vampire. Dead brides are also popular among her friends, as are zombies, werewolves and scary schoolgirls.

The word from 3rd class is that witches are old hat – too cute, it seems, when you're all of eight years old. Monsters and skeletons are also out. They're almost as loveable as puppy dogs, apparently.

Like most of her peers, she wants to look scary on Halloween night, but in a non-threatening way. It's a post-modern, ironic take on the netherworld. It's a Rocky Horror Show version of fright night: funny rather than truly terrifying.

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