Once a holiday exclusively concerned with macabre and terror, Halloween is now a celebration of popular culture. Each year, men, women, boys and girls dress-up as the trending public figures of the world, which demonstrates that the current state of society is just as scary (if not more so) than any fictitious horror.
And this year, individuals from across the (reportedly ‘collapsing’) globe have been sporting pigtails and holding protest signs, to appear as environment activist Greta Thunberg. Whilst it’s true that some of these individuals have been donning said outfits to show their appreciation for the protestor, it also suggests that Thunberg is someone to be feared. And to poke fun at the absurdity of the situation was Greta Thunberg dressed as herself for spooky season. How meta.
The 16-year-old teenager posted a picture of herself in her usual attire and signature hairstyle which also featured one of her Skolstrejk för klimatet! signs (Swedish for School Strike for Climate) which is now indivisible from her persona. Along with the image – in which the Swede stands confident in her dismissal of climate deniers – she tweeted: “So today is Halloween. I don’t celebrate it back home, but I thought I might give it a try. And apparently when it comes to scaring a bunch of angry climate crisis deniers – I don’t even have to dress up!! #trickortreat.”
Her tweet also states that she doesn’t usually celebrate Halloween back at home, which is hardly surprising when you consider the amount of waste that goes into the one-day holiday (we both know you’re never going to wear that costume again).
Responding to a fan whose daughter had dressed up as Thunberg for Halloween, one person said: “I don’t think so. Your daughter is so cute and smiling girl. Greta, on the other hand has a very big salary and a very very annoying face (on purpose, I don’t bite this crap about Asperger).”
While another added: “Hate to have to break it to you Greta but you are the climate change denier. You seem to think that climate has never and should never change when in actuality it has always changed, that’s why North America is no longer buried under miles of ice.”
Greta’s tweet has sent her followers wild as not only does it prove her dedication to the cause, but it also exhibits her sense of humour – and confirms that she does has one. Thunberg already has the support of the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and David Attenborough, but perhaps this previously undiscovered, lighthearted side of the teen will help those in her demographic relate to her and her ideologies. For the sake of the Earth and all mankind, we do hope so.
Furthermore, Thunberg was recently praised for her efforts, winning the Nordic Council’s annual environment prize, which included a $75,000 cash reward.
However, she turned it down because she says it doesn’t actually help the planet.
Writing on Instagram, Greta said: “I am currently travelling through California and therefore not able to be present with you today. I want to thank the Nordic Council for this award. It is a huge honour.
“But the climate movement does not need any more awards. What we need is for our politicians and the people in power start to listen to the current, best available science.
“The Nordic countries have a great reputation around the world when it comes to climate and environmental issues.”
It’s Greta’s world and we’re all just living in it.
Not just your average Joe, Lord Joseph William Furness – lorded by a mate for his birthday (a decision they now live to regret) – struggles to understand a world in which everyone isn’t as blunt, unemotional and sarcastic as him. His mother calls him pretentious because of his materialistic nature; whilst his father tells him that he can’t live in his own ‘dream world’ forever, but he seems to be doing pretty well so far. He plans to write for The Hook until he sees his name in shining lights – a future promised to him by his year 4 primary school teacher.