Chavez: Halloween is a "game of terror"
You go, Hugo. Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela is onto America's lastest cultural export. It is not, as most parents believe, a harmless holiday for kids.
Uncle Hugo explains that Halloween
"[...] was part of the US culture of "putting fear into other nations, putting fear into their own people". [...]
"Families go and begin to disguise their children as witches. This is contrary to our way," Mr Chavez said during his weekly radio and TV show. [...]
He did not refer to incidents earlier this month when lanterns made from hollowed pumpkins carrying anti-government messages appeared in several places in the capital, Caracas.
Yeah, pumpkins with anti-Chavez slogans must be extremely scary for someone who doesn't tolerate dissent.
Notwithstanding Hugo's feelings, the Pigilto household is busy evangelizing Halloween in our little Swiss town. Our house is full of spider webs, skeletons, rats, bats, a coffin, various body parts, and a human BBQ. We expect plenty of trick-or-treaters.
The event is quickly catching on in Switzerland (well, the German speaking part; the French speakers feel the same way as Hugo).
Happy haunting, everyone!