Ghouls and gun­pow­der

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Clubs Round-up -

THE smell of wood smoke, gun­pow­der and face paint her­ald the ar­rival of cackle and crackle time, where witches and ghouls get out and about, fol­lowed quickly by whizzes and bangs. Hal­loween will see youngsters out trick and treat­ing to­mor­row (Fri­day) night be­fore at­ten­tion turns to fire­work dis­plays. But if your youngsters go trick and treat­ing please make sure they avoid the homes of el­derly neigh­bours who don’t nec­es­sar­ily ap­pre­ci­ate re­ceiv­ing a knock on their door af­ter dark. Hal­loween is a fes­ti­val with its roots ly­ing in two sep­a­rate cul­tures. In its mod­ern form it’s a far cry from All Hallow’s Eve – lit­er­ally the eve of Saints’ Day. Orig­i­nally in­tended to hon­our the saints, early Chris­tian­ity reck­oned it was a day when souls were re­leased from pur­ga­tory to walk the earth for 48 hours; hence the pop­u­lar­ity of ghost cos­tumes. It also hap­pened to co­in­cide with the pa­gan fes­ti­val of Samhain. Some peo­ple have said that the date was cho­sen de­lib­er­ately as peo­ple would al­ready have been cel­e­brat­ing and would have been un­will­ing to give up their frol­ics for the new-fan­gled Chris­tian­ity. Ei­ther way, the dis­parate fes­ti­vals com­bined and we have a mod­ern, sec­u­lar cel­e­bra­tion. As for fire­works night, every­one knows how Guy Fawkes and his band of ter­ror­ists al­legedly tried to blow up the Houses of Par­lia­ment. Or were they framed? Who cares, let’s have a bon­fire! But if you’re plan­ning a fire­work party make sure you fol­low the fire­work man­u­fac­tur­ers’ in­struc­tions and en­sure cats and kit­tens are safe. The best bet is to at­tend an or­gan­ised dis­play and there’s a wide choice of them hap­pen­ing over the next week or so across the area.

It will be all fright on the night

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