Trick and Treat: Halloween on Hang Ma
Halloween celebrates the bizarre and Halloween in Hanoi is bizarre in itself. Only in Vietnam would a person decide to
dress as make her own dragon fruit costume and stay out so late that it is already 4:00 am when she realizes that she will not in fact be sober by the time she must teach twenty eight-year-olds at 7:45 the next morning. Where else would a party be busted by the police at mere midnight, when the ghosts have barely awoken? More importantly, where else would one see a woman gutting a fish just outside the shop selling masks and spiders? Hanoi tricks and treats us on a daily basis. Hang Ma, a street in the Old Quarter that specializes in selling decorations, stuffed animals, baskets and school supplies is a visual treat, especially at Halloween. (The trick, of course, is that the internet cuts out frequently).