Wednesday 20 September 2017

Comment: A monster of mummies' creation... how Halloween is the new competing ground for try-hard modern parents

Halloween is not just for the kids, writes Sarah Caden, as it has become the new competing ground for try-hard modern parents

Overdrive: Model Heidi Klum hosts a spectacular Halloween party every year where guests
wear elaborate costumes. This Cleopatra outfit, made especially for her, is from 2012 Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Heidi Klum
Overdrive: Model Heidi Klum hosts a spectacular Halloween party every year where guests wear elaborate costumes. This Cleopatra outfit, made especially for her, is from 2012 Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Heidi Klum

Sarah Caden

It's 34 years since ET came out, with its then amazing Halloween scenes of suburban American kids and their little alien touring the decorated, lit-up neighbourhood trick or treating. The houses with their decorations and Halloween lights. Actual proper costumes like you'd see on stage or something. The fact they called Halloween a "holiday", and the adults were as giddy about it as the children.

ET himself was probably the least alien thing about it to an Irish child at the time.

Over here, back in 1982, ET was the one we could relate to. He was wearing a sheet with holes in it, much like most Irish children at the time. This was a favourite here because, like that Dracula in a black sack, you could wear layers of warm clothes underneath the so-called costume.

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