Let's celebrate Halloween and the pleasures of dressing up by sharing costumes. Now don't hesitate to play because you're not partying this year. If you were going to dress up, who or what would you be?
Traditionally, Hallowe'en has a different connotation over here, it's only in recent years that the US version seems to have been adopted.
In fact, local police forces campaign each year to make Hallowe'en safe.
Police use Twitter
Hallowe'en guidance from police nationwide.
No trick or treat
Please enjoy your night
Without disturbing Ours.
As kids we knew it as 'Mischief Night' and it had nothing whatsoever to do with partying. Quite the opposite if you lived in country areas.
The area I'm from is called Pendle and in English history is associated with the "Lancashire Witches''.
They are described in court records, and works of fiction such as "Mist over Pendle" by Robert Neill. Here you'll find a view of Pendle and info about the witches.
Follow this link to find out about the area.
The whole area is hilly with beautiful scenery.
A song sung by folk group...the Houghton Weavers
Oh Pendle, oh Pendle, thou standest alone,
Twixt Burnley and Clitheroe, Whalley and Colne,
Where Hodder and Ribble's fair waters do meet,
With Barley and Downham content at thy feet.
When witches fly on a cold winter’s night,
We won't tell a soul, but we’ll bolt the door tight,
We’ll sit by the fireside and keep ourselves warm,
Until once again we can walk on your arm.
Oh Pendle, Oh Pendle, by moorland and fell,
In beauty and loneliness ever to dwell,
In life’s fateful journey where e’er we may be,
We’ll pause in our labours and oft think of thee.
Places mentioned in the first verse are local towns and villages. Hodder and Ribble are the two local rivers.
Why would folk 'bolt their doors tight?' Because local folklore has it that no -one would want to venture out and run the risk of becoming Hag-rid, plaything of witches and their ilk.
I was brought up on folklore tales such as
Dule upo' Dun or the 'Devil on a dark horse'.
Tales of the
I could go on and on...about my neck of the woods. Perhaps you might like to follow some of the links above?