Gail and Sheena have been telling us about the traditions associated with Halloween. Apparently they have been making Whooey things and Spookadoodley bits at school in preparation for Wednesday night. Gail excitedly recounted the old saying that 'Unmarried mothers who pulled cabbages blindfold on All Hallows Eve would be able to discern the looks of their future husband.'
To my mind this raised a few questions that I would have liked to have asked. But best to keep those thoughts to myself, I decided.
And Sheena told us 'That all journeys should finish before sunset on All Hallows; if this is not possible, then the traveller must carry a piece of bread on which salt has been sprinkled in the form of a cross.'
Again, I raised a querulous eyebrow, but decided to keep quiet lest I dampened their excited enthusiasm.
"And did you know, Uncle Gordon - In Lancashire - a far away county - groups of people carrying lights would walk the hills around midnight. If the flames burnt steadily, then the bearers were safe for the year; if they went out, then they were blown out by witches - a very bad omen." Giles looked triumphant.
And when we looked at Baby White, who was hanging on their every word, his little eyes wide with terror - it had frankly scared the living daylights out of him! Gordon x