All hail Hal­lowe’en

The Arran Banner - - Letters -

It is great to see the Hal­lowe’en tra­di­tion alive and well on Ar­ran.

Go­ing round the var­i­ous par­ties on Ar­ran the Ban­ner is al­ways amazed by the amount of work and ef­fort many of the chil­dren, and their par­ents, put into their cos­tumes.

Shisk­ine used to have the brag­ging rights about hav­ing the best cos­tumes but other vil­lages are now giv­ing them a close run for their money, and what is par­tic­u­larly heart­en­ing, is that a good many of them are still home-made.

Su­per­mar­kets and shops on the main­land are stuffed with ready­made cos­tumes and an in­creas­ing amount of Hal­lowe’en re­lated tat try­ing to turn All Hal­lows Eve into a US-style trick or treat ex­trav­a­ganza. But where’s the fun in that?

We want to see the kids do­ing it for them­selves. Get­ting messy cos­tume mak­ing, dook­ing for ap­ples, go­ing out guis­ing and en­joy­ing fun par­ties. We even don’t mind them, and their mums and dads, carv­ing pumpkins, when they should of course be carv­ing turnips - but we’ll let that pass.

With Hal­lowe’en it­self fall­ing on a Tues­day this year, the event has lasted most of the week on Ar­ran, but with it now be­ing over for an­other year, you know what is now just around the cor­ner? Christ­mas!

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