In the not so distant past, Halloween was a rather obscure event, hardly celebrated by Caymanians.
Associated with the likes of ghosts, witches and monsters, many people felt – and some still do – that Halloween trivialises evil.
However, there is no denying that Halloween has become very popular these days. In addition to the numerous private costume parties – for adults and children alike – and the much-anticipated trick-or-treating for kids, there are at least 10 public Halloween events here between tonight and tomorrow.
Many of those events are being held by commercial entities as a way of attracting business, but several are also being held by non-profit organisations as a way of fundraising.
Supermarkets are stocked with large selections of Halloween candy.
Cable television channels will be filled with hours of horror films, Simpsons Halloween episode marathons and other holiday specials.
Yes, Halloween has become big business.
There are those that argue that the celebration of Halloween in Cayman is just another example of how foreign culture has been imposed here. That might be true to a certain extent, but it also could be argued that ‘welcomed’ might be a better word than ‘imposed’.
The truth is that elements of almost every holiday celebration – including aspects of the celebration of the Christian mainstays Easter and Christmas – have been imported here, as they have to places all over the world.
Like Pirates Week, many people just see Halloween as a way of having good-natured fun, not as a threat to their spiritual lives.
But those who feel differently will be glad to know that this Halloween the National Day of Prayer at the Seventh Day Adventist Church will give people an option to the other celebrations. In addition, the National Trust is holding a costume party where children can dress up in traditional Caymanian attire.
Whether one celebrates Halloween or not, there are ways for everyone to make the day a treat.