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Oct 31 / Zack

Halloween in the UK

Is at once very present and vaguely invisible. First, it needs to be said, Christmas decorations are already up in city centre Cambridge. Second, pumpkins are much smaller in the UK. Third, people in Cambridge loving dressing up in “fancy dress” (costumes) anyway, so they don’t really need this holiday as much as Americans do.

There is also no trick or treating. Which is sad.

But armed with a vibrant cohort of Americans abroad at Selwyn, the “Brown Hostel” (my home) insisted on having a truly epic party to mark All Hallow’s Eve.

And I decided to go as the tooth fairy, after making sure that England has the tooth fairy (you can’t be too careful with cultural gaps…)

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