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Spooky Haloween night

“Destroy the monsters inside you by becoming the monster”. This is what I had heard about Halloween. This was my first Halloween ever. Even though it is not celebrated with much vigour in Sweden, the festival does attract a lot of crowds. Swedes celebrate “Allhelgonahelgen” – All Saints Day, the morning after Halloween.  
Kungstragarden hosted Scandinavia’s biggest Halloween parade. The excitement attracted us to the huge park. The stage was set up for a dog show and customer competition for people. I found a talented face paint artist who transformed my face into the Joker from DC universe (my personal favourite superhero). It was one of those days I was completely comfortable being who I was. The parade started from Kungstragarden all the way through Gamlastan and culminated again at the garden. It felt more like being in a Comic-Con event than a Haloween. 
We then went to Skogskyrkogården, a cemetery in central Stockholm to observe Saint’s day. People keep lighted candles on the grave of their loved ones in their remembrance. The sight of the lights glowing in the huge graveyard takes you on a philosophical journey of mortality. Here is a photoblog of the entire event. 

Celebrating our first Haloween
Haloween Night. Picture credit: Rajat Alva
There was a costume competition too.
Spooky costumes at the parade
The crowd. Picture credit: Rajat Alva
Observing the All Saint’s Day at Skogskyrkogården. Picture credit: Rajat Alva

Vivek Anandbabu
Hej, I am from India currently pursuing Integrated Product Design at KTH. Moving to Stockholm has given me an opportunity to explore the new city like a local yet maintain the awe of a traveler. The vibrant KTH campus and its activities are itself a treat to a creative and aspiring mind. Join me on this journey of stories as we meet amazing people, exploring the innovation and sustainability pursuits happening throughout the KTH campus and the historical treasures of the city and the ways of employing jugaad to survive on a budget in one of the most expensive cities.