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City's dark knights to crawl out on Halloween

mumbai Updated: Oct 30, 2010 01:23 IST
Neeti Sharma

The witches will come out and Dracula will make an appearance amidst smiling pumpkins dangling eerily in the air at St. Andrew’s College in Bandra on Monday.

Before the junior college goes on vacation on November 3, students will have a Halloween do. A coffin has also been prepared.

This is the first time a city college will be celebrating Halloween, although a day late at 11am.

“This is because students have exams scheduled in the afternoon,” said principal Marie Fernandes. “Due to delayed admissions, junior college students had time to prepare for their party and they all wanted a Halloween theme,” she said.

As the weekend ushers in Halloween, several Mumbaiites such as Animesh Chaturvedi (25) are preparing to bare their dark sides.

After putting last minute touches to his ‘Joker’ costume for the Halloween party of Saturday night, the marketing and sales professional is busy practicing the sinister smile and raspy voice to get into character. “The evil and dark intrigues me. I have always admired the ‘Joker’ from the Batman series ‘Dark Knight’ and I am going to dress up and talk like he does,” he said.

Not just adults, even children are excited about the trick-or-treating.

Aryan Jagtap (6) had a Halloween party at his school this week. He dressed up as a skeleton.

“I enjoyed a lot with my friends. I’ll surely go to the party next year as well, but with a new dress and look,” said the student of DY Patil International School.

For school going children, it is a day to dress up in fancy attire and for adults a day to unleash their dark side.

But ask Halloween buffs the lore behind the day; and most draw a blank.

“Today you don’t need to figure out the reason behind a celebration. You just grab any opportunity that promises you fun. What makes Halloween special is the fervor to dress up in the wackiest possible manner,” said Aakriti Bhatia (22), an advertising professional.

From a ‘Thriller Night’ to bloody cocktails, city cafes and lounges are serving Halloween night with a special garnish.

“We have Jack-O-Latern, Ghostbusters, 7 Deadly Sins and Spider’s Kiss,” said Ravi Sharma, an event manager for a Bandra lounge.

A south Mumbai bookstore has organsied a fancy dress competition, mask-making workshop and Halloween puppet show for children on Saturday.