Your Halloween candy is more likely to be poisoned by a family member than a stranger. Statistically speaking, that is. We dress up for Halloween to blend in with the dead. The tradition began during the Celtic festival of Samhain, where villagers believed evil spirits would walk the earth, so they’d wear masks as to not be recognised. Divinations come out to play on Halloween night. Many cultures have Halloween superstitions because it’s often considered to be the parting of the veil between worlds.We’re all practicing Wiccans on Halloween. Black cats, spiders, and bats aren’t just fun spooky objects to throw around. Rather, they all tie to Wiccan practices, and let’s not forget that it’s still the religion’s New Year. Jack-o-lanterns symbolises a denizen of the netherworld. They’re thought to be named after a character called Stingy Jack, whose ill-advised encounter with the devil landed him in limbo. Black cat sacrifices still happen every year. For this reason, many animal shelters do not allow the adoption of black cats leading up to Halloween. Haunted house visitors are the real monsters. Employees of haunted houses report numerous attacks every year, as customers are known to punch, kick, and even bite those who scare them. Vaccine is the real vampire slayer. Medical historians have found evidence that public perceptions of vampires may stem more rabies outbreaks. Halloween colours are more morbid than you think. While orange represents the fall harvest, black represents the death of summer.The idea of witchcraft is a reflection of social marginalisation. Throughout history, women branded as witches were usually social outcasts – also reflected by their signature broomsticks. Dating back to The Salem Witchcraft Trials is the prime example of this. Americans spend around USD 350 million just on pet costumes every year. Whatever happened to DIY?
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Also introducing Garager Skott Taylor, who will be performing live as a part of Garage Band!
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This week we chat with Zev, an artist and lighting consultant. She uses The 33PRESS moniker for her artistic endeavors, and prefers to remain anonymous!
We chat about finding fulfillment, creating balance, and embracing discomfort in a cut-throat city like Hong Kong.
Author: Ching Lam Ip, Programme & Marketing Lead, Garage Society
Welcome back to Mandy's In-House Notes, a twice-monthly column touching on all things brand-building, entrepreneurship and female-empowerment related, from the mind of Mandy Pao.
This week, we're talking about the power of using the right data to inform your design process.
Author: Mandy Pao, Founder and Creative Director, Eloquence International
Cover image: Jezael Melgoza via Unsplash
True career fulfillment can be puzzling—yet not impossible to find. What many people don’t realize is that it’s a process that takes work and patience.
Most importantly, we need to search for it. If you’re lucky, you’ll find not just a job or career but a mission.
Cover image source: Liz and Mollie
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