Zombie Spice and Drakula’s Blood: The Halloween Happening [Interview]

21 October 2014

Halloween is coming! This year we decided to break the rules of usual Halloween posts and make them in the more interesting format. We want to find out how different people from different universities, even countries, celebrate Halloween. And the best way to find it out is to ask them share their stories.
Today the interviewee is Katy Gilroy, a 19-year-old student from University of Chester, UK. She studies Journalism and Creative Writing. Apart from studying, she also has her personal blog, writes and publishes poetry and is a ‘massive fan of Shakespeare.’

We decided to start from the most general question to find out Katy’s attitude to Halloween:
How do you feel about Halloween and everything related to it?
I love Halloween! I think it’s one of those occasions that everyone can get involved the way they want to, and it brings people together in such a fun way. Even if it’s something as simple as having a bowl of sweets next to your front door, there’s an aspect of Halloween for everyone.
Right! It’s good to hear that a person from UK loves Halloween, which is considered primarily US holiday. How is Halloween observed in Britain?
I do think Halloween is a more American tradition; it is celebrated a lot more over there than it is here in Britain. For example, in US I know people have decorations up right the way through November, whereas in Britain we tend not to put our pumpkins out until a few day before Halloween itself.
So you do celebrate Halloween. Could you tell more about your Halloween traditions? Which of them do you find interesting?
I think one of the best traditions is trick or treating. When I was younger, my mum would take my brother and I out along with a few friends, all of us dressed in weird and wonderful costumes – anything from a princess to a kitten to a pirate, but nothing too terrifying! I loved shouting TRICK OR TREAT at whoever answered the door and seeing them pretend to jump back in horror. Now that I’m older I love answering the door and seeing how excited all the kids are.
That’s lovely! You’ve mentioned weird costumes you had on Halloween celebrations. Which costume was you favourite?
I’ve dressed up for Halloween almost every year as far as I can remember, and I’ve had such a huge range of costumes. Two of my favourites have been dressing as a dead school girl, and as a zombie princess. They’re simple ideas but with a bit of imagination you can make anything look really extravagant.
Now, that you are not a school girl any more, what costume would you like to wear for Halloween party and why?
I’d love to find a group of friends and dress up as a zombified version of the Spice Girls! I’d be Baby Spice because I’m blonde.
Zombie Spice Girl is an awesome costume idea! You should definitely try that. Now let’s move from dressing up to the actual celebration. Can you think of some fun Halloween parties you’ve been to?
When I was younger my aunty and uncle used to have a party to celebrate both Halloween and Bonfire Night – we called it ‘Bonoween’. There was always fancy dress, fireworks and food – so much food. Last year at my university house we had a big Halloween party with all of our friends. There was 18 of us living there, and we each invited a few people. Our house was full of students dressed in really amazing outfits (one of my friends came dressed as Elmo!), all having fun and mingling with people they wouldn’t otherwise have met.
Speaking about parties.You definitely have organizing skills, as you’ve organized charity music festival. So, imagine that you have to organize Halloween party for your friends and fellow students. What would you like it to be like?
If I was to organise my own Halloween party, I’d make it a massive occasion and call it The Halloween Happening. Ideally I would hire out a venue, and cover it in fake cobwebs, paint splatters on the wall to resemble blood, and pumpkins EVERYWHERE. I think I would want to make it a party that both children and adults could enjoy, so that nobody would have to find a baby sitter or miss out on the fun. There would definitely be loads of Halloween themed food: cupcakes decorated to look like eyeballs, green jelly to look like toxic goo, and red punch to look like Dracula’s blood! There would definitely be “no fancy dress – no entry” rule, and a prize for the scariest costume.
Great! I am sure that would be a party of the year. So, costumes — check, party — check…what else is associated with Halloween?
As for me, several things I associate with Halloween are: pumpkins, trick or treating, fake blood, toffee apples and witches.
Pretty spooky combination (especially those of blood and toffee apples). But Halloween is meant to be a spooky fest. Let’s add some more horror with your favourite films or horror stories.
I absolutely love horror films, and one of my favourites is The Possession, in which a little girl becomes possessed by a demon from inside a wooden box. I also really enjoyed The Hills Run Red, which not many people have heard of! Despite being a book worm, I’ve not read any books within the horror genre unless you count Frankenstein, which is a wonderful classic story.
And the last question – Do you think Eat, drink and be scary is the main idea of Halloween? Or should it be anything else behind the celebration?
I think “eat, drink and be scary” is a perfect way to sum up Halloween; I don’t think there is or should be any deeper reason behind the celebrations. If people are having fun and not causing any harm to anyone else then what could be wrong?
Thanks for sharing your amazing Halloween story with our readers, Katy! Hopefully, you will have the unforgettable Halloween celebration this year! We wish you to keep inspiring people around with your creative ideas and radiance.
Have any questions for Katy? Or want to share your unique Halloween story? Feel free to leave your message in the comments below. Also, read the interview – The Secret Life of a Real Halloweener – with our next guest, Jonathan Wojcik.

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