The much anticipated day of the week was here, Halloween! After spending the past couple days gathering all the supplies we could Dan woke up first thing in the morning and began transforming our living quarters into a Halloween themed party central. I spent most of the day catching up on writing but when I went to go check out his work I was very impressed. From the ceiling to the floor the room was decked out and there was even a table full of candy.
As Dan was putting the finishing touches on the room and working on a playlist for the evening the kids began showing up. They’d first come over to my room where we reminded them that they couldn’t go into party central until they were in costume. There was a slight rain so numerous kids came over and still needed to change. Mawande was one of the first to show up and was wearing a ripped up shirt as part of his zombie costume. Since he was the first one ready I began with his face paint. I’m not exactly sure the best way to create a zombie face but I figured some black around the eyes and some blood around the mouth would do the trick! He took care of the acting part which was definitely the clincher.
The next pain job I did was on Wande. He came over with a cat mask he had created but he was still looking for some make up. It’s a bit difficult to tell from the pictures but I gave him some fangs, whiskers, and yellow cat eyes on his eye lids. He looked pretty creepy when he shut his eyes. With two down and many to go my room was filling up with more and more characters. There was a ninja in my room that had a mustache, another cat, the Prince of Persia that requested a star and a heart on his face, and a super hero who represented South Africa. Painting the South African flag on this guy’s face looked pretty awesome but I was a little concerned with the blue. The kits we had did not carry a blue color paint so I had to improvise and use a little of the fabric paint we had bought for the shirts. This was only after I saw that it was non-toxic, and even then I just used a very small amount. You can’t be the South African super hero and be missing one of the colors on your flag…
The next face I painted was pretty strange. I was just following the instructions he was giving me but I still don’t know what to make of the final design. Ahobonga first asked me to cover his face in all white paint, and then he asked me to put red circles around both his eyes and a red circle on his nose. The next step was red lipstick, and the final touch was three whiskers coming out of the sides of his mouth. Looking at him smiling back at me was pretty scary so I guess the mission was accomplished. He later threw on a black and white afro wig and really looked out of this world!
With the time nearing 6pm I still needed to get into custom and went about finding my Moroccan attire. I had my blue head scarf, and my white tunic that I sported throughout the night. The boys thought I was wearing Indian clothes or that I was dressed like “The White Ninja” but I told them it was just traditional clothing worn throughout Morocco. The other volunteers all dressed up as well and we were all ready to party! Since Dan and I were the only Americans I think mostly everyone else was celebrating Halloween for the first time! Dan also suited up in his Moroccan garb and Eric celebrated his first Halloween as a surfer!
Earlier in the week we made the decision to order loads of pizza for our party, but when the day finally came we were having a very difficult time finding a place that delivered. Kayamandi is only a 2 minute drive from Stellenbosch and there are numerous pizza places over there that offer free delivery! We had quite a large order but not one company would make the delivery. We not only offered to pay extra but tried telling them about what the order was for, and we even offered a hefty tip… still nothing. Their reasoning was all the same, it’s just too unsafe to deliver to Kayamandi. Hearing this is always a shock to me. There are people that live just a couple miles from Kayamandi and are afraid to enter. We’ve even had friends drop us off at the entrance for fear of driving through. I’ll tell you right now, these fears are irrational. Yes, there are problems that take place in Kayamandi once in a while but you don’t have to be afraid to enter! These streets are filled with a lot of friendly people, people I call family. I suppose if the pizza man had bundles and bundles of cash on him he may not want to make an easy target for himself, but I think they were just acting cowardly. We had to call Miriam to the rescue, our volunteer German friend who lives in Stellenbosch and has a car. We were hoping that she’d be able to make it to our festivities anyway but now we had a huge favor to ask her. We ordered ten pizzas for our Monster Mash and needed to get them in Kayamandi. She pulled through and brought Eric with her to make the collection. Operation: Get the pies to the guys. Thanks so much Miriam, you saved our party!
Now with all the snacks we had, all the candy, the drinks, and the ten pizzas you can imagine the slight shock I felt when I entered party central, not more than 15 minutes after the pizza had arrived, and ALL the food had been eaten! Holy cow did they devour that pizza. “Finish you’re plate, eat your vegetables, there are starving kids in Africa… “We’ve all heard it, and we’ve probably all said it, but I can assure you that on October 31st there were no starving kids at our party! Luckily for us volunteers we still had Mama Zulu’s dinner!
The party was a huge success and everyone had a killer time. Dan really did put together a great party and the rest of the volunteers did an awesome job getting involved! And just like I had hoped for we had an epic dance off midway through the party where everyone got a chance to strut their stuff. Hands down the winner was our cat painted guest, Nande. He’s also the gymnast of the group and knew all the moves to impress the crowd!
Things went pretty late, considering we threw it on a Thursday. I think the last group of kids went home around 10. Party central looked like a tornado had rolled through but we were all still in high spirits. The volunteers and I stayed up late into the night playing more games and having ourselves a very good time. The final game we played was similar to a game of twister… only rather than spinning a dial that tells the group where to put their hands and feet I just shouted out my own instructions. This turned into a real life human knot and it’s one I’m pretty proud of!
Halloween was sick nasty twisted fun, and it fell right before an incredible weekend. Friday I’d be hosting a sports day, surfing on Saturday, and a day at the pool on Sunday! Stay tuned!