Trick or Treat...
It annoys me when some in this country criticise 'Halloween' and accuse those who 'celebrate' it as copying the US.
When I was growing up we celebrated 'Guy Fawkes Night'. For months, my brother and I saved up our pocket money in preparation for the day we would excitedly be taken to the store to purchase our 'Tom Thumbs', 'Sky Rockets', 'Double Bungers' etc., etc. On the day, we couldn't wait to get home after school to erect the bonfire and make our 'Guy'. Poor old 'Guy' would take his place high upon the pyre in readiness to be burned to smithereens after dusk.
I digress...I'll return to Halloween.
'Samhuinn'....pronounced 'Sow-en'...was the most important of the 'fire festivals' of the ancient Celts. It is said it marked the Celtic New Year.
Down the line a bit, the Western Christian calendar changed the original festival of 'Samhuinn' into 'All Saints' Day'. The Celts commenced every day at sunset of the previous day/night. 'Samhuinn' eventually became the modern 'Halloween'. The history of Halloween is intriguingly interesting.
We used to celebrate Guy Fawkes on each 5th November. It was so much fun. Guy Fawkes' Night was taken away from us and is no longer allowed. Why not transfer the fun and games to Halloween? Instead of criticising it, let's have some fun with it. There are few things left to play around with these days of doom and gloom.
Those who criticise others who participate in Halloween celebrations for 'copying the Americans' should, before they are so ready to condemn, read up on the history of 'Halloween'.
Halloween parties are lots of crazy fun....I've been to a few...and just think, if no kids come to your door knocking for 'trick or treats', you're left with all those lollies/candy to enjoy yourself!