Although I've only ever had one lot of callers on Halloween since I moved here and they were a group of children who had dressed up and so they got bags of sweets to take away. They were also sensible enough to have an adult with them.
However, my door will stay firmly shut if the doorbell goes this evening. This isn't because I'm an 'old meanie' but is because I don't like the way that this American 'celebration' has hit our shores and gathered momentum. It's a commercialised load of piffle now (sorry to those of you who enjoy it.)
I remember the days, as I'm sure FP does, when schools were allowed to let the children write poems or stories etc about Halloween and classrooms would have stunning displays. Then the 'powers that be' decided that the 'celebrations' would no longer be allowed so, as a teacher, I followed suit.
But, so as to acknowledge those of you who enjoy it .........
Post by Berry McPaper-cuts on Oct 31, 2017 10:25:40 GMT
Very true Toril. Some of the best stories are about witches too- I still love Meg and Mog and loved Haggerty Heggarty on TV. Too many more to mention ( HP...) We used to do a lot more about Bonfire Night in the old days too. ( Always mistakenly called bombfire by small boys. )The Fire Brigade came in to the children’s delight with their engines.Then there was: “Matches, matches, never touch They can hurt you very much! “ The non artist’s favourite of using wax crayond to draw a colourful background , then scribbling all over it with black wax crayon then using scissors or a paper clip or compass point to scratch out a bonfire scene. My best bonfire story though is the one I made myself read every year to my class in the hope I would avoid the very embarrassing mistake I had made the first time I ever read it aloud. The sentence I should have read was,” Guy Fawkes was sitting on top of the bonfire.”
It's been many years since anyone called here so they won't know how unwise it was to do so. I haven't seen small children dressed for Halloween anywhere locally, again for many years. I think it has got more organised with parents and schools, and I would imagine older children head for town or parties. I shall still have no outside lights on and not answer the door though, just in case.
That said, if I was actually invited to a private party I would probably go.