I’m not a negative person, nor do I enjoy talking badly about Johannesburg, but the city being what it is, I can’t turn a blind eye. It’s like there is a pink elephant in the room and no one wants to talk about it. So I’ll talk about it, in fact I’ll feed the elephant.
Halloween is coming up. Sadly we can’t celebrate it like the American’s do. South Africa being what it is now, you can’t swing a purse without knocking over five criminals. And we’re expected to let kids go and trick or treat? You’re surely mistaken. Halloween in JHB is like hello… scream. With hijackings, kids murders and crime as popular as the band One Dimension, sending your kids out to get sweets is like making them walk the plank, hands cuffed.
The only thing that will be seeing your kids’ Halloween costumes is the four inside walls of your house, or the closet hanger. So there’s the R200.00 rental cost gone, poof! Unless you live in an estate. That seems to be in the new craze now – kids running around security laden estates. How fun! And better yet concerned parents go with the kids and beg for sweets. Gone are all the days when kids could run around the open streets without parental supervision. That’s before children become the new hot targets of criminals.
Halloween is the night that the dead come to live and ghosts and scary creatures walk the earth. I think Johannesburg, and South Africa as a whole, celebrates Halloween every night of the year – expect the ghosts and monsters are dressed in normal clothes and look like humans.
So here’s to another year of celebrating Halloween within the confines of our houses or estate walls… celebrating it the untraditional way. The sweet factories must be going out of business; I can’t even remember the sound of opening a sweet packet.
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