Hal­lowe’en fright time ex­cuse for spooky fun

Kids love any ex­cuse to eat and dress up

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

With Hal­lowe’en just days away, the Ruther­glen Re­former took to the streets to ask res­i­dents what they love most about Oc­to­ber 31.

Most peo­ple agreed that it had be­come ‘too com­mer­cial’ but de­lighted in the hap­pi­ness it pro­vides chil­dren who en­joy look­ing for best cos­tume and hav­ing fun with friends.

One no­tice­able change over the years how­ever, is the num­ber of peo­ple trick or treat­ing on doorsteps.

Laura Robert­son, a nurs­ery worker from Cam­bus­lang, said: “The kids love it. They love any ex­cuse to dress up and eat sweets.

“We used to get a lot of young­sters, we rarely get them at the door now, It’s more par­ties now for chil­dren.”

Barry New­big­ging said: “I work nights so I miss a lot of the kids com­ing to the door.

“I liked it when I was younger, I used to go around the neigh­bours and had enough sweets to keep me go­ing for the next year.”

John McKin­non from Cam­bus­lang said Hal­lowe’en is ‘not what it used to be’.

He said: “I think a lot of peo­ple are more wary of open­ing their doors in the dark. “When I was a kid I loved it. “We wanted to be as devilish and mis­chievous as we could.

“We would tie thread to a let­ter box, hide be­hind a hedge and pull it to rap the door.”

Jim Craw­ford from Ruther­glen said: “It was dif­fer­ent when I was small. You went into peo­ple’s houses, you sang or told them a joke.”

I use to go round the neigh­bours and had enough sweets to last all year . . . Barry New­big­ging

Dress up Laura Robert­son

Mem­o­ries John McKin­non

Sweetie stash Barry New­big­ging

Com­mer­cial Jim Craw­ford

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