Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has urged families not to mark Halloween, calling it a US custom* alien to the South American nation.
...Mr Chavez said Halloween was part of the US culture of "putting fear into other nations, putting fear into their own people".
I know what he means. I'm already trembling in fear just thinking about the army of little Spidermen, Princess Barbies, Jedi, Power Rangers, ninjas, and pirates that will be coming round this evening. I'm afraid I won't have any of my favorite candy left over and be stuck with raiding the stuff my kids bring home.
*Halloween began as a Celtic custom and was brought to the U.S. in the 1800s by Irish immigrants. It's now a celebration for the candy industry ($2 billion in annual sales for the holiday).Posted by marybeth at October 31, 2005 08:44 AM Box of Rocks