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Not everywhere is focussing on Christmas

540air says:

Thank goodness for that!!

14th Oct 2007, 23:42

Euphro says:

I was glad to see it :)

14th Oct 2007, 23:43

540air says:

I've managed to avoid the shops recently, but it's good to see they haven't forgotten Halloween in the rush to get the Christmas stuff out :)

14th Oct 2007, 23:45

Euphro says:

For some strange reason, we never manage to get past Waitrose without having a look at the cakes display :D

14th Oct 2007, 23:46

Kostika says:

What are the little ghosts made of? They look great!

14th Oct 2007, 23:47

Euphro says:

If I zoom in on the original it says "Genoese sponge with buttercream and soft icing" :)

14th Oct 2007, 23:49

540air says:

hahaha yes, cakes do grab everyones attention somewhat :D

14th Oct 2007, 23:50

Euphro says:

Particularly the under fives :D

14th Oct 2007, 23:52

540air says:

Oh yes, but rest assured even the over fives can't pass by either ;D

14th Oct 2007, 23:54

since when was the colour of hallowe'en orange?

14th Oct 2007, 23:54

Euphro says:

Yes, well, we don't need too much encouragement or coercing :D

14th Oct 2007, 23:55

Euphro says:

Is that a rhetorical question, P? :)

14th Oct 2007, 23:57

I'm guessing it's due to the rise in popularity of the pumpkin, and as with all other things american, hallowe'en needs to be colour-coded (sorry, maybe that should read "color"). When I were a lad, we used to hollow out a swede or a turnip for a lantern - that wrinkly purpleness is far more demonic than the jolly old pumpkin!

15th Oct 2007, 00:41

Euphro says:

I think you're right about the colour.

Yes, we used turnips too :) I never saw a pumpkin until I was in my twenties :D

15th Oct 2007, 00:44

swamprose says:

this does my heart good.
wishing your household many round pumpkins and candles to light them by.

15th Oct 2007, 04:11

Euphro (NLI) says:

Thanks very much, and the same to you :)

15th Oct 2007, 08:02

Kostika says:

The ghosts look so cute. I want one. They sound yummy too.

In the States the colours usually used for Halloween are orange and black. Where it comes form I don't know, likely pumpkins. SOmetimes you get dark red and purple in there too. It's weird for me to see someone ask about the colours though. I've lived my whole life with orange and black around Halloween.

15th Oct 2007, 08:24

Dhamaka says:

lolvely images

15th Oct 2007, 08:33

Euphro (NLI) says:

Thanks D :)

K, I don't really remember the orange and black scheme before I moved to the UK in the early 1990's. In Ireland as a child, I don't remember any particular colour scheme. There were no Hallowe'en decorations, though, apart from the odd hanging apple.

Bonfires do throw out a pretty good orange glow, however :)

15th Oct 2007, 08:41

Kostika says:

Where'd you move from Euph?

I wouldn't be surprised if the colour thing has migrated here from the US. It's my understanding that Halloween didn't used to even be a big deal here and doesn't actually seem to be anywhere near as big a deal in now as it has been my whole life in the States. Which to me is a little weird.

But to make up for it I get Nov. 5th which is even better.

15th Oct 2007, 11:52

I don't remember us doing much to "celebrate" hallowe'en other than make a turnip lantern and put it in the window - there certainly was none of this disgusting "trick or treat" business which I simply refuse to participate in. However, in our area of Yorkshire we had a custom of "Mischief Night" on 4th November, where we were allowed out under cover of darkness to wreak havoc upon our neighbours, playing knock-and-run, taking their gates off and putting them back the wrong way round etc, with more or less complete impunity. I thought this was a nationwide custom as a kid, and it was only when I heard a discussion about it on Radio 4 one day that I realised it is a purely local phenomenon.

15th Oct 2007, 11:54

Euphro says:

I moved from Ireland, K, where Hallowe'en was always quite a big deal (no 5th of November celebrations there, for obvious reasons :)). The "mischief night" elements were there, although only on the 31st, which is a big Celtic festival, and we did spend most of the night avoiding the police. As children we went from door to door dressed up in costumes, but it was not called "trick-or-treat". From what I have read, a lot of the North American Hallowe'en elements arrived there with Irish immigrants :)

15th Oct 2007, 11:59

alicat9 says:

They look great - Halloween , Or Samhain is a very important time of year for me - the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new year. It's good stuff :)

15th Oct 2007, 12:33

Euphro (NLI) says:

Thanks A :) Do you have Celtic roots? I remember that you posted a picture of a "green man" tattoo that you have.

17th Oct 2007, 09:43

anonymous says:

I'm sure i do have some celtic roots, as my ancestors are Scots and Irish, but my Pagan based beliefs have come to me without influence of family. I am still learning, and want to develop my practice further. Progress is slow when you learn in a hedge style :)

17th Oct 2007, 10:08

alicat9 says:

whoops that was me :)

17th Oct 2007, 10:09

Euphro (NLI) says:

It's nice to hear that it's not dying out :)

17th Oct 2007, 23:12

swamprose says:

my grandfather spoke 'the gaelic', and some of my cousins stilll do--scottish from the island of north uist. In Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, there are many gaelic customs, which as a girl, were wonderful to learn--two grandmothers with the third eye, and a great grandmother such a witch that people kept their cows from her..and best of all the music, the ceildehs still alive and well. So Hallowe'en for me is just genetic.

17th Oct 2007, 23:33

Euphro says:

I never knew! Do you know any Gaelic? I learned the Irish form as a child. I can understand it pretty well but only speak it badly :)

18th Oct 2007, 19:53

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