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An Indian American Halloween: Vignettes of Desis Having a ‘Spooktacular’ Time

An Indian American Halloween: Vignettes of Desis Having a ‘Spooktacular’ Time

From the White House to schools and neighborhoods across America, the Indian American community got into the Halloween spirit this year as well, as kids and adults donned creative costumes to celebrate. Trick-and-treaters went from home to home to collect their candy haul, accompanied by parents. There were the ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and Barbie and Ken — this year’s most popular costume — as well as the ever-popular Spiderman, Batman, fairies, princesses, and witches. Some adults were dressed up too: be it in a simple hat, wig, face mask, or a complicated costume.  

In the nation’s capital, the White House got into the spooky spirit as well, as President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden greeted kids with books and candy. Krishanti O’Mara Vignarajah was at the celebration with her kids who were dressed as Wonder Woman and Snow White. “Had a spooktacular time with our little Wonder Woman and Snow White at the White House Halloween parade,” she posted on X. The Sri Lankan American immigration advocate is currently president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Previously, she served as policy director to former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Garima Raheja, a Ph.D. candidate at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, also attended the White House Halloween. “Halloween at the White House featuring interactive @NYTGames costumes,” she wrote in a post on X. 

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Top photo, Indian Americans get creative for a Halloween party in New Jersey. Above photo, Alok Sharma of Princeton, N.J., with his wife Rachna.
Photo above, The Banerjee family of San Diego, Calif., celebrate Halloween. From left, Shay “Ken” Banerjee, Samaya “Raquelle” Banerjee, Theresa “Barbie” Banerjee and Sai “Tanner” Banerjee. Photo below, Miraya Barucha, left, of Decatur, Ga., who is dressed as an alien, poses with her sister Diya, a voodoo doll.
Photo above, Mili Mavely Washington of Charlotte, N.C., gets into the Halloween spirit with her entire family. Photo below, Charlotte Bajaj, daughter of Charlotte, N.C., councilwoman Dimple Ajmera had not one but two costumes – a princess and Barbie.
Priya Samant Parulekar is dressed as a lively spirit ready to cast a spell on the night and weave some Halloween magic at a TiE Charter Member social in Boston, Mass. Below, Bhutan Kalla celebrates with family in Atlanta, Ga.
Photo above, this Stinking cute little skunk” belongs to Edison, N.J.-based chef Sanketa Vaish, and her husband Rohit. “Even though he is not 100% yet and hardly has a voice left, he smiled and rocked his costume,” the proud mom write in a Facebook post. Photo below, the pirate couple; Pradeep Gupta and his wife Poonam in Princeton, N.J.
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