So it is October 31st,early evening and I am sitting in bed lights off, TV on low, along with most of the people on my street, trying to avoid feral gangs of youths roaming around,
On any other night, if somebody knocked on your door and demanded sweets or they would do something nasty, like throw eggs at your door or bend your car ariel you would call the police. Demanding money with menaces it would be called and is a criminal offence. Not to mention criminal damage. But because it is Halloween, somehow this is legal!
When I was a child, we had bonfire night. November 5th. With fireworks and a bonfire that you could burn all your rubbish, We had treacle toffee, potatoe pie and black peas and a nice party. Ok maybe it is not quite PC to celebrate a the foiling of an anti Catholic, terrorist attempt, to blow up Parliament and kill the king in 1605, and maybe children sitting in the street, with a stuffed effigy of Guy Fawkes,( which we later burned) begging “penny for the Guy” is also not quite acceptable today, but surely it was better than terrorising old people?…..and we learned alot of history at school because of it. “Halloween” was a pagan festival to celebrate witchcraft, when people just told scary stories..
Somewhere along the line we imported this festival, I am not sure of the historical significance The shops are full of dress up outfits and scary masks, so somebody is making a lot of money……..and I cannot understand the mentality of any parent that encourages this sort of thing.
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