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All Hallows’ Even….

Halloween is here again! The kids are getting excited, as is the missus, who has gone off to work today in a convicts outfit….

It is certainly a bug thing here in Canada, our street is full of kids in fancy dress, with their parents supervising. In the 4 years we’ve done it, we haven’t seen any problems at all. People who want to take part decorate the fronts of their houses, so the kids know who is up for some fun. If the lights are off, they don’t want to join in, or they’ve run out of candies. Everyone knows it, everyone respects it.

So, I had to laugh a little when I heard and read this….

Halloween mission for Bond film
Police in Derbyshire have turned to James Bond for help in dealing with trick or treaters this Halloween. They are offering teenagers the chance to see Quantum of Solace for free in order to keep them off the streets and out of trouble.
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Yeah, that’s a good idea. To stop kids from going out, we’ll stick them in front of the TV, or in this case, the cinema. Good plan. I’m sure it’ll work just fine….

Anyway, All Hallows’ Even….

Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (Irish pronunciation: [ˈsˠaunʲ]; from the Old Irish samain).[1] The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes[2] regarded as the “Celtic New Year.”[3] Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient Celtic pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.

(For our Canadian readers, or anyone else for that matter, why not take a moment to read about what Halloween is about. I realised in discussion the other day with some Canadian friends, how little people actually know about it. Click here to read up on it….)

At this point, 11.50am, I have no idea what I am going to do, last year was an absolute blast, as they say. How can I top my outfit and delivering the classic, “I could murder a cup of tea. Or your grandmother….”. We’ll have to see what happens. I’m eyeing up a dress in her wardrobe at the moment. All in the name of fun, obviously….

PS. Head over to Bruce Springsteen’s website, where you can download a free song he’s put up there for people. Click here to head over to The Boss’s site and get your copy of “A Night With the Jersey Devil”….

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