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Senoufou BS: Halloween (105* d) RE: BS: Halloween 19 Oct 20

When I lived in Scotland in the sixties, I was enchanted by the 'guisers'. youngsters with blackened faces who came to the door and performed a song, recitation or other little entertainment for money.
And as a Brownie in the early fifties, I was thrilled when our Brown Owl gave us a Halloween party in the church hall. We made costumes out of old sheets with two holes for eyes (ghosts) and did bobbing for apples. Our mothers provided apple pies and other small treats for the buffet. But there was nothing in the way of spending on shop-bought costumes, and no 'trick-or-treating round the doors.
We always made a Guy from father's old shirt/trousers stuffed with newspapers, and propped it up outside the greengrocer's shop with a sign Penny For The Guy. People usually did just give a penny.
Bonfire Night consisted of a bonfire, with potatoes roasting in the embers, and some sparklers, 'golden rain' and 'roman candles'. No bangers allowed.
All very sedate, but no doubt children today would find it far too tame!

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