Last Thursday was that time of the year again, October 31, when Western culture enthusiasts celebrate Halloween.
According to online information, the day, also known as "Hallows' Eve', is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries. It is also the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It initiates the triduum of Hallowmas, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.
According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other academics maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.
Anyway, enough of the scholar analysis, what I am sure of is that the night is nothing Ugandan but because we are into the habit of aping our Western friends, we jumped on to it. Quite a number of bars including Cayenne, GattoMato, Venom and Laftaz Lounge all had Halloween nights.
I decided to attend the one which was nearest to me at Lafatz Lounge in Centenary park. The entrance was decorated in such a way that it formed a tunnel. It was filled with smoke that you could hardly see anything ahead. Inside, the bar had been turned into a jungle of sorts -with weirdly-dressed ushers in all areas.
Simon Sembuya, the proprietor of Sketch Agency and organizer of 'Thriller Halloween' said: "People like such events even if they have no clue what they are about. That is why we have to bring them the events".
To spice up the event, there was a fashion show where everyone was allowed to showcase their outfit. There was a performance by Maro and the rest of the night was left to partying with revellers dressed weirdly. Honestly, call it 'maalo' but I don't get what the fuss is about when it comes to such nights.