Mermaid Halloween

Mermaids, too, celebrate Halloween. We learned it from sailing ghosts on their way home and from dead sailors who traded stories for an evening of rest in our homes as they passed through the Deep.

Decorations are gleaned from ship wrecks and if one isn’t readily available, a passing vessel is found and sunk. New wrecks are needed each year as coral begins to grow on them by December. Bones are set about and if a necromancer or water witch is available, sea zombies are raised to join the fun.

A mermaid dressed as a sea captain for Halloween.

Ghosts are welcome in the Deep, and undead sailors and other sea faring phantasms often seek out our parties. Tributes in the form of candy and treats are brought to “pay” for their passage (the dead are welcome without tributes, mind you, but they are appreciated). Coffin-shaped salt cubes and sea slimes are specialties of many mermaid homes and each splash will bring some to share. Recipes are somewhat guarded, but honestly, half the fun is taking a bite home to study, recreate and improve upon.

The most grandiose part of Mermaid Halloween comes with the telling of stories — of ancient kraken, of shadowy beasts too large to exist in physical form, and of magnificent conquests against armadas threatening underwater communities.

Costume contests are vivid affairs — again, using materials from ship wrecks. A popular game is to assemble several layers of costumes across many mermaids and water nymphs to create imagined lives of the drowned crew. In reply, many watery zombies snag kelp, shells, and an octopus or two (they make fantastic wigs) to impersonate their impersonators. It is all delightful fun.