Halloween Extravaganza Really Really Free Market
by Nik and Noah
October 30, 2013, Fort Lauderdale— Food Not Bombs held a Really Really Free Market (RRFM) in Stranahan Park with the festive theme of Halloween encompassing it. Much like the RRFM of September, the “Halloween Extravaganza” Free Market offered a free meal, free clothing, free books and toys, and free hygiene products. The October RRFM also boasted free face-painting, free costumes and a football game.
The pavilion behind the Woman’s Club was very much alive today. Music played, bellies were filled, and an array of clothing scattered the floor as people searched for their new favorite items. In the field beyond the pavilion, a football was tossed back and forth until it became an actual game. Halloween decorations were hung, faces were painted, and Silly String wars were waged.
The core purpose of the RRFM is to reveal the inefficiencies and dullness of financial capitalism. Marketplaces have a tendency to place value and worth on big spenders, instead of the content of one’s character. Members of Food Not Bombs believe that creating such a curious atmosphere full of entirely free services helps everybody feel more respected by one another. In times like these, solidarity is the greatest insurance against class injustice.
During the festivities, a young journalist interviewed several homeless individuals in order to collect stories of their experiences in South Florida.
While Food Not Bombs Fort Lauderdale will continue to share food under the same pavilion every Thursday, there is no doubt that the Really Really Free Market will continue as a monthly event.
There is still a call-out for hygiene products and clothing.