Halloween 2016

The boys are tucked up safe in bed and I am happy to report we had no nuisance knockers. I love the Halloween tradition but it has moved way too commercial for me. I enjoy the kind of celebration we had as children: a nice party tea and a game of duck apple.

Last year we had a joint bonfire and Halloween party in our garden for the family but this year I am running on minimal energy.

I am not a lover of trick or treat at all. My sons often ask why I do not do it and I give my honest view. There are so many people (like myself) that fear the dark or opening the door once it is dark outside. There are many elderly people in communities and also many people with mental health illness that sleep at sporadic times. To have people continuously knocking at their door is so unfair and causes lots of distress to some people. My little dog gets so stressed out when people knock on our front door, it is hard to class it as fun.

The police and schools in the area I live are great. Each year we are given a small sign for the door if we do not want "Trick or treaters" and well done to the children as they respect this.

My little dog has had her usual mellow sleepy evening. When Maggie is happy we are happy (as she is the boss)

Trick or treats were originally knocking on doors asking for soul cakes to pray for the dead. During the Middle Ages in England, on the night before All Saints Day or Hallowmas, peasants and children called "soulers" would go about town singing and praying for the souls of the dead. They would stop at homes and beg for a "soul cake" and promise in return to pray for the household's deceased family members to be released from purgatory. If homeowners did not give out cakes it was believed their home would be cursed. And this my friends is thought to be the origination of trick or treating.

The traditional song was:
Soul, Soul, a soul cake!
I pray thee, good missus, a soul cake!
One for Peter, two for Paul,
three for Him what made us all!
Soul Cake, soul cake, please good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, or a cherry, any good thing to make us all merry.
One for Peter, two for Paul, & three for Him who made us all.

Pumpkins with light inside originally started as turnips with lights, they would be scraped out and lit to ward off evil spirits, rather like Gargoyles.

The boys and I had sausage in buns for tea and lots of yummy cakes, toffee apples. We played duck apple and although it was a quiet one, it was lovely. All that is left now is a cup of tea for me then coal and bread on the step as a good luck gift for passing over spirits.

Can't wait for the pumpkin seeds to dry out so I can make a chain with some elastic (the hippy within)

Hope you had a lovely evening.

Love and hugs


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