Halloween across the Pond

(ICD House, October 29th, 2011)

The Event was organized by Amy Soar and Thomas Fillis

On the 29th October, Amy Soar and Thomas Fillis were the chief organisers of the first ICD in-house Halloween night. Along with helpful volunteers and contributors Hannah Smith, Katie Dickmeyer, Nikolaj Biggar, Bastian Renner and Sam Godolphin the event was a roaring success.

For one night the ICD House of Arts and Culture was transformed into a haunted house with webs, pumpkins and all manner of Halloween decorations where ICD interns and friends all joined together in celebration of this ever-popular event. Although traditionally thought of as a US celebration, the event covered a range of traditions, providing information on cultural practices in Mexico (all saints day), Romanian folklore (Transylvanian myths) and traditional food customs of the US and UK. By spanning cross Atlantic traditions, everyone celebrated Halloween in a truly cultural manner, always for promoting a little cultural exchange!

We would also like to thank all those who donned their fancy dress costumes for the event. We had a selection of the costume classics including vampires, pirates and knights, but it wouldn’t be an ICD Intern-led event without a little variety, so we also welcomed lions, mime artists and new ravers to the ICD House, even Director and Founder Mark Donfried made a surprise appearance, mask and all!

The night was rounded off with a screening of the famous Rocky Horror Picture Show which saw the audience divided into first timers, roaring with laughter and seasoned viewers of Rocky Horror, singing along with Frank -N-Furter.

All in all, the night was a great success and a tradition we hope to continue at the ICD in coming years. A special thanks goes to the ICD for sponsoring the event and providing the ICD House for a Halloween transformation.