What will they think of next? Kirin Ichiban beer
Halloween decorations that I managed to stop being put
on my glasses of Kirin Ichiban frozen draft beer last night ;D
Shortly after the then teenaged tennis player Michael Chang triumphed at the French Open in the summer of 1989, I saw an ad in a magazine that had a line that I remember to this day: "You know the world is getting smaller when an American named Chang wins the French Open". And last night, I got to thinking of that line again when, in an izakaya in Hong Kong's Causeway Bay, the waitress tried to get me in the Halloween spirit by attempting to stick some Halloween-themed decorations into my beer!
Put another way: surely it's not all that expected for Halloween to be a big deal in Hong Kong, right? And yet it is -- with there Halloween-themed parties and events taking place in many bars and other locales, Halloween-themed haunted houses and other attractions set up at both Ocean Park as well as Hong Kong Disneyland, and a number of folks taking to dressing up as hopping vampires (gyongsi) a la those seen in the Mr Vampire movies as well as other eye-catching costumes.
As a child in Penang, I was introduced to Halloween by way of comics such as those featuring Casper the Friendly Ghost, and Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. (Around the same time, I was introduced to Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night -- which, frankly, sounded more fun when I was a kid! -- by Enid Blyton books). Believe it or not, there are lines from one of those comics that I remember to this day and think of on October 31: "Trick or treat, trick or treat, trick or treat on Halloween, where ghosts and goblins by the score, ring the bell on your front door..." Truly, the mind is a strange -- and sometimes scary -- thing, isn't it? ;b