Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Happy Halloween everyone!

The boys are away out "guising" with some friends, including spinningfishwives son, round the neighbours!

Guising is what we, in Scotland call trick-or-treating! I did it as a child and now my kids are doing it too! However we went out on our own, but there is an adult with them tonight.........Sign of the times, it isn't safe to allow kids out on their own! Sad situation, but you can never be too careful!

As a child we would make a lantern out of a turnip, we had never heard of, nevermind seen a pumpkin! Let me tell you it is MUCH easier to make a lantern from a pumpkin than from a large turnip! Hell it used to take my parents days to make it!

Halloween originated as a Pagan festival among the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain with Irish, Scots, Welsh and other immigrants transporting versions of the tradition to North America in the 19th century. Most other Western countries have embraced Halloween as a part of American pop culture in the late 20th century.
The festival is also known as Samhain or Oíche Shamhna to the Irish, Calan Gaeaf to the Welsh, Allantide to the Cornish & Hop-tu-Naa to the Manx. Halloween is also called Pooky Night in some parts of Ireland, presumably named after the Puca, a mischievous spirit.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Halloween!!

8:14 pm  
Blogger The Knit Nurse said...

Ha ha! I remember getting really bored while my dad spent the entire evening carving out a turnip with an apple corer, cursing all the way. Using a pumpkin feels like cheating.

In a fit of nostalgia couple of years ago, Graeme carved out a little turnip for my birthday party. It nearly set the house on fire. Nothing like the smell of burning turnip to liven up a party.

6:58 am  

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