Halloween on Franklin Street

When I first realised that we would be in USA on the 31st of October, I already started looking forward to, what I consider, the epitome of American culture: Halloween.

Judging only from stereotypes, I see Halloween as a candy-fuelled children’s party where groups go trick-or-treating at traditional American-style homes, enthusiastically decorated with skeletons, fake spiderwebs and hand-carved pumpkins. I honestly believed that it would be mostly children that would enjoy Halloween’s festivities and my inner-child was a bit sad to be 10 years too late to the party.

But oh how I was wrong. I did not expect to be planning 5 different costumes in preparation for what many UNC students call ‘Halloweek’. There were plenty of parties, events and gatherings that we went to- even before the night of Halloween! The CBS GLOBErs took advantage of this and we also held a lovely evening of pumpkin carving so we could decorate our dorm rooms for the occasion.

On the day of Halloween, the well-prepared put on their costumes and make-up, a