An old Scottish prayer:
"From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-legged beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us.
But some question exists as to the provenance. Is it Scottish? Is it Cornish? Did it come from Yorkshire? Some attribute it to Robert Burns; others to Alfred Lord Tennyson or James Whitcomb Riley. For these last three, the idea was embedded within many verses of poetry, barely identifyable. So, I stick with the Scots!
Remember the days when Halloween was an exciting time...with no fear of razor blades in apples, no pot in the brownies, no funny uncles lurking in the bushes?
When you were "trick or treating" for the first time, your parents probably took you within 25 feet of your neighbors' door. While they ducked behind the bushes, taunting you to "push the bell!" the oldest among you, ran up, hit the bell then shot to the back of the line.
With bags full of candy, popcorn, and maybe a coin or two, you ambled back home, taking a furtive peek at your buddie's bag. Once in the house, all bags were dumped on the floor and it was time to DIG IN!
We've come a long way, not necessarily good, but long. Now, it's not advisable to let the kids out in the neighborhood unless it's gated. But, the general advice for children applies for Halloween too.
- Keep it fun
- Tell the ghost stories
- Dunk for apples
- Trick or treat
- Carve a pumpkin
- Make a scarecrow
Now, for parents: don't buy the candy before October 29th. Why? You'll eat it.
Have some fun: dress up yourself and scare the kids when you open the door. If you're over 80, you are really scary to them anyhow.
And please, don't start decorating for Christmas yet. Thanksgiving is still on the calendar. Buy some squash.
If you live within 50 miles of Burlington, come visit our own Fat Mitchell's Pumpkin Patch in the Intervale Center.