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Halloween Traditions by Loretto on 29 October 2013 5:29pm
I would love to know if there are specific traditions for Halloween where you live. I just wrote this blog-post and it brought up a lot of old memories about how we celebrated Halloween in the west of Ireland:

Re: Halloween Traditions by Ken Dunn on 30 October 2013 9:39pm
We have guisers (or guysers but not geysers!) who come round the doors dressed up as ghouls, witches, ghosts etc. and for a few good jokes they get a small bag of goodies from us. Some years we have lots of guisers and other years we don't. My wife does the preparations so on a bad year I have lots of goody bags to myself!
Re: Halloween Traditions by suzulu on 30 October 2013 11:20pm
Just the usual trick or treaters at the door. This was never done when I was a child in Wales. It's just a commercial thing now.
Re: Halloween Traditions by Spursfan2 on 31 October 2013 10:06am
We hardly ever have trick or treaters as the village is extremely small and has few if any children in it now.

I have more or less given up hope, though I did say to Zak we ought to get some treats in just in case.

The last time we had anybody round was 4 or 5 years ago, maybe more. The following year I went the whole hog; black dress, witches hat and broom, treats in a cauldron waiting for trick or treaters - and no-one came!! I was VERY disappointed!!

Boring village !!

Re: Halloween Traditions by Lounge Trekker on 31 October 2013 4:06pm
Kids are dressed in costumes, usually the temporal event or movie star variety, and walk from house to house collecting candy. Ghoulish clothing or that portraying a dead thing is not common thse days. Some teenagers wear minimal costume or disguise, clearly on the hunt for free candy.

Adult costume parties occur and the themes run quite a range but adults want to be presentable and often rent their costumes. While just another reason to party, these affairs can be the best ones of the year.

The ignition of fireworks is banned in many towns, which is a good thing. I still anticipate incidents like when my mail box was blown up by a bomb. Early darkness makes fireworks more attractive now, rather than on Canada Day, July 1. I don't usually stay up late enough to see those fireworks.

It is fun to see little guys dressed up, but the whole idea of collecting as much candy as you can teaches values like greed, avarice and getting something for nothing. I wouldn't miss the tradition being terminated and replaced with something positive.
Re: Halloween Traditions by Loretto on 31 October 2013 4:50pm
It has all become so Americanized, very sad really.

We called it Pookies' Night
(An Púca= The Ghost in Irish) and we went from door to door singing, telling stories or reciting poems. Instead of sweets/candy we got money. Then we went home and played games such as diving into a basin of water to clench a penny in our teeth, trying to take a bite out of an apple dangling on a string, and four saucers, one contained water, another rosary beads, another clay, and the last a ring.

The player was blind folded and spun around and the saucers were switched around. Whatever saucer the player touched signified the player's destiny.

Rosary Beads-Religious life such as priest or nun
Clay-Early death

Anyway, thanks for responding. The world shrinking is a good thing in one way, but loss of traditional customs is sad I think. The Irish don't go out on the mummers for Pookie's Night, the kids now go trick-or-treating for candy and they don't make their costumes for the most part, the majority of kids buy them.

Happy Halloween, Happy Pookie's Night 2013 all.
Re: Halloween Traditions by Spursfan2 on 31 October 2013 5:00pm
There is a cute compilation vid going the rounds on Facebook after some American TV or radio celeb (never heard of him) asked parents to trick their kids into thinking they (the parents) had eaten all their Halloween candy, film it, and then send in the vids!!

Most of the kids burst into tears but there is one cutie-pie at the end who just says "that's ok Mommy, I just want you to be happy." Not sure if I want to give her a hug or throw up !!

We've just been to ASDA and Tesco and there were lots of small kids dressed as witches or whatever following their Moms and or Dads round the aisles!!

[Pete it is still the ghoulish outfits here, thank goodness!! ]
Re: Halloween Traditions by Loretto on 31 October 2013 5:24pm
I forgot to mention that we ate a currant cake called a Barmbrack with a ring in it. Whoever got the slice with the ring would be the first to marry in the family. My mother was always terrified we'd choke on the ring.

Anne, glad to hear that Miley Cyrus is not a costume choice in your village :-)
Re: Halloween Traditions by Spursfan2 on 31 October 2013 8:07pm
OMG - once again I was hunting for the 'like' button !!!

Not just our village - the whole country I believe!!

Re: Halloween Traditions by Lounge Trekker on 31 October 2013 9:49pm
Making costumes could be a nice 'bonding' activity for parent and child. Alas, this techno age we're in a)forces parents to work more to buy more therefore have less time and b) renders the parents less important than the 2000 'friends' a kid has on Facebook, so commercial outfits are bought, too often making the kid look like a walking advertisement.

Oh well. We are just starting to see the effects of too much internet activity in children as they develop, some good, some bad.
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