I can’t be alone in wondering whether the commercialisation of Halloween is such a good idea. Kids knocking on your door demanding money with menaces, accompanied by parents who appear to have been reluctantly torn away from Strictly Come Dancing.
But my general Bah! Pumpkin grumpiness might be quelled if only they could get the bloody date right.
Halloween is the night before All Hallows or All Saints Day which is always on 1st November. Ergo, Halloween is on 31st October, not 29th as appears to be the case this year.
So why, last night, were youngsters wandering round after dark dressed as ghouls, vampires and psychotic killers? Why did every other house have a candlelit pumpkin on the window ledge?
And late night viewing on terrestrial tv offered this choice of films — Halloween, Constantine and Friday the 13th.
I’m not one of those who regard trick-or-treating as one of those new fangled American ideas. The ‘colonies’ actually imported the idea from their Irish and Scottish immigrants.
The jack-o’-lanterns were originally carved from turnips by the Celts to remember the souls held in purgatory and were replaced by pumpkins that were in more plentiful supply.
But even so, the whole event has been transformed from a bit of homemade fun to become a fully fledged market sector.
And if they’d only wait until Monday, we might even have thought to get some treats in. I suppose I recite that Scottish saying to them:
From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!