Being far and away from our American counterparts, in a foreign country where ghosts and gouls are replaced with jins, it was safe to say that Halloween was far from the immediate concern for most of us TIME-rs. The closest we got to thinking scary thoughts was worrying about being able to find our tagine when the power momentarily went out during dinner.
The Social Life Committee, however, had a few tricks up their sleeves (and, luckily, a few treats). Right after dinner on October 31st we were informed that we had exactly thirty minutes to come up with the most creative costume we could manage, and that there would be prizes for the most unique.
We were lucky enough to be graced by a doctor, the night sky, a couple of bros, a pumpkin, a gypsy, a ladybug, an exiled South American dictator, “Helen” the grandmother, “Monochrome Matt: Color Coordinated to a Fault”, the ghost of a sacrificed sheep, Ben and Mike, and a couple of cross-dressing professors. Needless to say, quite an odd assortment.
We ended the night whispering ghost stories bathed in the glow of a fading flashlight, and went to bed with stomachs full of chocolate and hearts full of festive fright.
Wishing you all the happiest of Halloweens!