Spooky Greetings From Khloe Kryptonite
Halloa hi, hunties!
Yes, it is that time again for me to raise my voice and speak out! Sometimes I even scare the living daylights out of myself, so why not talk about the Season of Scare! Halloween!
The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.
Halloween is the evening before the Christian holy days of All Hallows' Day (also known as All Saints' or Hallowmas) on 1 November and All Souls' Day on 2 November, thus giving the holiday on 31 October the full name of All Hallows' Eve (meaning the evening before All Hallows' Day). Almanacs of the late 18th and early 19th century give no indication that Halloween was widely celebrated in North America. It was not until mass Irish and Scottish immigration in the 19th century that Halloween became a major holiday in America, confined to the immigrant communities during the mid-19th century. It was gradually assimilated into mainstream society and was celebrated coast to coast by people of all social, racial, and religious backgrounds by the first decade of the 20th century. Dressing up in costumes and going "guising" was prevalent in Scotland and Ireland at Halloween by the late 19th century. Costuming became popular for Halloween parties in the US in the early 20th century, as often for adults as for children, and when trick-or-treating was becoming popular in Canada and the US in the 1920s and 1930s. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween]
I always loved Halloween, even though in South Africa we don’t really celebrate Halloween as you see in the movies. For me, I think, it is the dressing up part that I love the most. As you can remember in a previous blog post (“International Drag Day”) I mentioned that my mother never were keen on me dressing up, so most my life I had to do stuff like that behind everyone’s back… So my first openly gay best friend at the time (also mentioned him in that post) and I went to a gay cub in Centurion, Pretoria for Halloween and I decided that night I had to dress up in drag. I will feel more comfortable, because everyone else is also dressing up and as with the LGBTQ+ community, most gay boys will dress in drag for that night.
So my bestie helped me with make-up and prosthetics. I borrowed a dress from a friend, put on my black hiking tekkies and that was the first night I went out as a woman impersonator.
After my friend finished with my make-up, he looked at me and asked me if what he saw in front of him was in actual fact Miss Khloe Kryptonite? To myself I looked hideous, but still good enough for a Halloween party at the club. I told him: “Hell NO!” and we came up with another name called “Miss Karma Revenge”. That was the first best night of my life!
As Elvis Duran once said: “Halloween is not only about putting on a costume, but it is finding the imagination and costume within ourselves.”
So I leave you with this last thought; when witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers: ‘tis near Halloween!