The high costs of Hal­loween

Lennox Herald - - THE TICKET -

I hope you sur­vived Hal­loween.

By the time you add up the price of cos­tumes, house dec­o­ra­tions and buck­ets of sweets and treats, it costs a small for­tune but at least the kids are happy!

Most of theYour Ra­dio team dressed up on Tues­day for a spooky day in the stu­dios and of­fice. I think the se­cu­rity guard freaked out when John Scott ar­rived in the dark­ness at 5am on Tues­day morn­ing dressed as Drac­ula.

John is do­ing a great job of look­ing after mid­week break­fast at the mo­ment and, un­like a vam­pire , rises with the aid of three alarms clocks.

Derek McIn­tyre pre­sented his special scaryTopTen at 10 as a zom­bie and I was dressed as a skele­ton.

We had the of­fice look­ing fiendishly fab and had a laugh dook­ing for ap­ples.

We recorded lis­ten­ers telling us Hal­loween jokes and played them dur­ing the day on Oc­to­ber 31.

Both adults and chil­dren got into the spooky spirit with a ghoul­ishly bad se­lec­tion of ter­ri­ble jokes like... Which ghost is the best dancer?The BOO­GIE man!

It was a great re­ac­tion from our lis­ten­ers and thanks to all who took the time to send us the au­dio to play onYour Ra­dio.

I have of­ten men­tioned the fact that we get many fa­mous names in theYour Ra­dio stu­dios, and last week, we were vis­ited by James Dean!

How­ever, this James Dean had no con­nec­tion with the fa­mous film star of the 1950s, but was the fes­ti­val or­gan­iser for the Galoshans Fes­ti­val, which has been held across the river dur­ing the past week.

Galoshans is ap­par­ently a lo­cal In­ver­clyde word for guis­ing’so when they say they’ll‘go galoshans’it just means they’re go­ing to go guis­ing.

Orig­i­nally, the less well-off mem­bers of so­ci­ety in the area used to ‘go galoshans’to the well-off and per­form a short play, in the hope of earn­ing a few coins, some food, or maybe even a wee dram.

The fes­ti­val has been go­ing three years now, and is a suc­cess­ful at­tempt to get back to the Scot­tish Hal­loween tra­di­tions, and away from the Amer­i­can‘trick or treat’cul­ture.

By way of com­plete con­trast, my col­league Mike McLean has been chatting to the English­man who is recog­nised as the world’s Ul­ti­mate ElvisTribute Artist, a ti­tle he won five years ago in Mem­phis.

His name is Ben Portsmouth, and he’s at the Royal Glas­gow Con­cert Hall on Fri­day, Novem­ber 10, with his Tak­ing Care of Elvis Band.

You can hear him chatting on Mike’sVinyl Fron­tier show this Sun­day be­tween 7pm and 10pm, only onYour Ra­dio.There may even be a chance to win a cou­ple of tick­ets to the show, who knows?

Catch you on my mid­week Drivetime show, 3pm to 7pm on 103 and 106.9 FMYour Ra­dio.

Scary 10 Derek McIn­tyre

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