We don't really do anything for Halloween in our family, and I had no plans to post today, but I've been so charmed by this article in the Edinburgh Evening News that I decided to show you the main photo (sorry, not available on line, so grotty photo!) and a few pararaphs from the text, which is by Judy Vickers. Please enjoy some traditional, and very innocent Scottish celebrations! 'Trick or treating may be an American invader, more or less unheard of on this side of the pond befre the 1980s, but a children's tradition of dressing up and hitting the streets after dark on Halloween to beg for pennies or treats has a long history here.
'But instead of using the vague threat of a "trick" if there is no treat forthcoming, guisers in Scotland traditionally perform a song, tell a joke or otherwise earn their apples or nuts.
'There was no Matalan or Asda for the parents of yesteryear to snap up a bargain vampire or skeleton outfit.
'Homemade was the key - and judging by theese pictures, in the 1950s that amounted to raiding your parents' wardrobe for headscarves, shawls, football scarves and assorted caps. Blacking up faces - or covering them with masks - also has a long tradition in Scotland: it was meant to represent the dead on All Hallows Eve, the night before All Souls Day.
The Chrstian festval was laid on top of an old Celtic one - 31 October was in ancient times the last day of the year, called Samhain by the Druds, meaning summer's end.
But by the 1950s children were rubbing blacking into their faces as part of their disguise (hence guising).'
I thought that was charming information, and explains how the children who will come to our door tonight (to be greeted by a very enthusiastic Son 2) are called 'guisers'. Have a safe and happy time yourselves, whatever you are doing.
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