Halloween…the least scary day of the year

31 10 2014


Halloween is here. Again.

Having spent most of my formative years in England, I was lucky enough to miss out on the joy of dressing up in a costume and being forced to harass strangers for chocolate on a designated day.

This also meant that I wasn’t able to fully appreciate just how important it is to keep your door closed in the week leading up to the big night on October 31, and while the practice of parent-approved begging/extortion has now become popular in the UK, it has a long way to go before it reaches the insanity levels of the USA.

With that in mind, I don’t want to be a killjoy on a day when dressing up and terrifying people is widely accepted, so here are some scary thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »


Trick or Treat – Will This be the Season of the Witch?

2 11 2010

There are always two sides to every story

On October 31st, we were ready.

The candy was in a bowl, there was a pumpkin outside the door (and two more on pillars at the foot of the driveway) and the front door was covered in a mass of cobwebs with an unrealistic spider. Even the dog was dressed in a garish outfit that made her resemble a seasonal fruit.

As dusk fell, we lit the lanterns and waited for the knock at the door. An evening of sitting indoors listening for the sound of children (accompanied by their parents) walking up the path and demanding rewards for not vandalizing our property or pelting us with rotten vegetables. Halloween, the time when ghosts, goblins and scary creatures occupy our attention and ensure that nowhere is safe to escape.

For some unknown reason, the whole business of Trick or Treating has made me think of the mid-term elections. Read the rest of this entry »