Which Mask Do You Prefer

October 10, 2011 at 10:58 am 8 comments

Halloween Mask

It’s early October and the feeling is low. It’s been weeks since stores started decorating and stocking up with candies and stuff for Halloween. In a way, I don’t blame them. Sales are slow nowadays. The economy is in doldrums. People are reluctant to spend on anything except for necessities like latte at Starbucks. Starting early for the holiday season, the stores hope that it could put the consumers in the right mood to buy and let go of their hard-earned money. As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm.

According to ancient lores, Halloween is the time when the line separating the living and the dead is broken. This enables evil spirits to enter the domain of the living and scare the living daylights out of those who come their way. Wearing a Halloween costume and a mask is supposed to appease the spirits and save the wearer from harm.

Unless you intend to rob a bank, it may not be a good idea to dress yourself in a Halloween outfit right at this minute. But then again, these aren’t ordinary times. These are scary times. You may want that extra protection.

For example, no horror movies can duplicate the fear and anxiety triggered by the current economic situation spooked by mounting U.S. and European debt problems. In the third quarter that just ended, leading American market indicators suffered significant losses. The S&P 500 Index dropped more than 14 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average went down by 10 percent. The Wiltshire 5000 Index, which measures the performance of stocks actively traded in the U.S., lost $1.2 trillion. I wonder what ‘tricks or treats’ the government and the federal reserve can do to avert a further meltdown. Would they be able to provide the market long lasting relief or just the usual high similar to what one feels after eating a lot of chocolates on Halloween eve? We’ll have to wait and see.

As I pass by the Halloween store at the mall, I see a variety of masks to suit everyone’s fantasy. They even include a full head mask of President Obama who will be running for reelection in 2012. There’s no mask for his challenger yet as the Republicans are still duking it out among themselves for the honor. But don’t let this dampen your Halloween spirit. If Obama isn’t your cup of tea, you’re free to choose any mask. Your option is limited only by your imagination, just make sure it represents someone best suited to haunt the White House when Obama leaves office.

According to recent polls, a majority of Americans think that he will be a one-time president. Therefore, I suggest that you pick the mask of Superman. Whoever replaces Obama (assuming that he loses his reelection bid) will have his/her hands full. He or she will have to confront the same bugaboos in trying to preserve the American dream for all of us and for future generations.

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  • 1. Wendy  |  October 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I can’t relate!! hahaha I work for a bank but I don’t know anything about stocks.. the market or whatever.. :p

    We lost 2billion and it’s still not even clear what really happened to that money and the CEO suddenly resigned… it’s crazy.. people are now restless because they’re afraid they will lose their job as the bank might decided to lay off employees again, and I keep whining about my job, I should be thankful I still have it! :p

    • 2. plaridel  |  October 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm


      yiu’re not alone. i don’t know much about stocks, either. but i guess we’re not missing a lot. i remember this contest where a group of traders were pitted against a monkey. the monkey picked the better stocks and won hands down.

  • 3. AC  |  October 11, 2011 at 12:28 am

    believe it or not — i’ve never been to a halloween party, so i haven’t really experienced searching for costumes and dress up like a drag queen. hehee. must be fun tho. anyway, i have this friend who often comes to halloween parties as a pervert — he touches everyone’s butt. ahahhaha! (just kidding, it was part of his comedy set πŸ˜› )

    • 4. plaridel  |  October 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm


      sometimes the costume that one selects reflects the person inside wanting to be free. πŸ™‚

  • 5. ladystapler  |  October 11, 2011 at 5:29 am

    These are trying times indeed, everybody wants their dollar/peso/euro to go further (barat kung barat), everybody is wary of splurging.

    Anyhow as October is my fave month I adore Halloween, unfortunately nobody I know wants to celebrate this with me so I just print out some decors and celebrate it by adorning my abode with spooky knickknacks.

    a little merriment helps to ease the general sombre economic mood.

    • 6. plaridel  |  October 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm


      if you put halloween decorations outside, make sure you have a lot of candies for trick or treat. save some for me, ok? πŸ™‚

  • 7. emilayskie  |  October 19, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Lumalala na nga ang situation ng US ngayon. Kawawa naman ang susunod na president dahil sa dami ng nakaatang na mga gagawin. Sayang din naman si Obama dahil maca-cut short yung mga mithiin nyang mapabuti yung economy. Mawawalan na sya ng chance.

    Kung sino man yung papalit sa kanya, sana kasing galing ni Roosevelt na nasolusyunan yung great depression.

    • 8. plaridel  |  October 19, 2011 at 10:34 pm


      mababa ang popularity rating ni obama ngayon, pero malayo pa naman ang eleksyon. makakabawi pa sya. i’m keeping my fingers crossed.


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