Trick or treat

by davebarclay1954

Fascinating as Hallowe’en is to children today, a chance to dress up in scary costumes and have fun, collect treats and get a sugar rush; it’s not always been that way. In the past we would go out, 2 or 3 of us, and either entertain for treats or be told to get lost (either through a closed door or open window). No begging for us. Later on (from the age of 15 to 25) a group of friends and I would either sit in a graveyard or ruined castle (or church) and drink wine, pass round joints and tell ghost stories. Scotland is still full of ruins churches were burned during the Reformation and castles destroyed by warring clans or the English.

None of this exists anymore and that seems to me to be down to progress. No one seems to want to remember the old traditions, although old conflicts are remembered the lessons taught have often been forgotten. History is there to remind us of past mistakes and to learn from them. The victor in any conflict is the one who decides what is, or isn’t, a war crime. The ones who should decide this should really be those who remained impartial as they can see both sides equally.

Anyway, enough of that. I started this post to say things were different in my day on Halloween and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It shows how times have changed today when we used to go around in a group no adults required, today children are always accompanied. Never get invited in, stay in largish groups and look amazing. We did the best we could with whatever was available nowadays the same make up used on tv and movie can be bought in the local supermarket. Along with the most amazing costumes.

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