Monday 9 December, 2019

5 Caribbean folklore characters you should dress as for Halloween

October 31 is Halloween, the beginning of a three-day period dedicated to the remembrance of the dead. However, despite its intent, Halloween has become a day most known for dressing up in costumes and, here in the Caribbean, as evidenced by the proliferation of Carnivals, we love to dress up in disguise.

While many look to foreign cultures for inspiration, the trendy television characters and movie superheroes, the Caribbean contains its own inspiration in the form of folklore characters. Here are five folklore characters we think would make fantastic Halloween costumes.

La Diablesse

If you want to get your sexy on, La Diablesse provides great inspiration. Known in Trinidad and Tobago and St Lucia’s folklore, she is said to lure men to their deaths with her poise and sexuality. She wears long dresses to hide her cloven hoof and a wide brim hat that hides her demon face.

Heart Man

Part of Barbados’ folklore, this character is a man who dressed in all black and carves out the hearts of people, especially bad-behaved children, and feeds them to the devil. You could portray this fearsome character with hearts pinned all over a black outfit.

 

Put a modern twist on the La Diablesse with a stylish hat

Bakku/Baccoo/Buck

Known as Bakku/Baku/Baccoo in Guyana and Barbados and Buck in T&T, this creature is a short man with sharp teeth and claws who makes its owner wealthy but exacts payment in return. A great idea for kids who can dress up in suits with buckets to collect money.

Duppy

Forget Caspar. In the Caribbean, namely Jamaica and Barbados, we know about the Duppy, a malevolent spirit that haunts people. Another great character for your children to portray while doing their trick or treating.

 

Make your soucouyant costume a sexy one with this type of fiery outfit

Soucouyant/Ole Higue

Known as a Soucouyant in Dominica, St Lucia, Guadeloupe and T&T, Ole Higue in Jamaica and Guyana, hag in The Bahamas, Asema in Suriname and Loogaroo in Haiti and Grenada, this woman sucks the blood of her victims, shedding her skin and turning into a ball of fire to fly across the skies. You can update this portrayal with a sexy red dress to represent fire and wings.

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