"It's so much fun to dress up for Halloween," my ABCD (that's short for American-born-confused-desi) friend, Aarti opinioned. "The Jones always put up a huge tent in their yard and invite everyone who lives on the block to it."
I'd just migrated to California and Halloween, and block parties were as unfamiliar to me as a fish to desert dunes. Why would you ever want to dress up for Halloween, I thought, with a slight shudder? "Ghouls and ghosts and everything bloody and gore! No, thank you," I continued.