|Please To Remember...
||[Nov. 1st, 2006|01:03 pm]
The shops used to carry Guy Fawkes masks. This year I haven't seen a single one. There probably weren't any last year either, but I wasn't looking.|
Oldham used to mount a big civic firework display in the park. That was dropped several years ago- round about the beginning of the millennium- and no-one seems to have complained- or even noticed.
Bonfire Night has been edged out by Halloween. Ghosts and witches instead of Catholic terrorists with Van Dyck beards. It's understandable. Ghosts and witches are perennially fascinating; most of us stopped being frightened of pointy-bearded Catholics a while ago.
I did wonder whether V For Vendetta might reverse the trend. Apparently not. Alan Moore's novel is a period piece- which could be why the film didn't do that well. No contemporary freedom fighter would think of wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. Apart from anything else, he wouldn't be able to find a shop to sell him one.
Once I had adults, without costumes but holding out a pillowcase, knock on my door on Halloween.
They were eerie--didn't even know (or bother to use) the "password" of "Trick-or-Treat!" They were unsmiling and silent.
I had a passing thought that they might want something like actual cans and boxes from my pantry, or even jewelry or small pieces of furniture! But I gave them a lot of candy and they left, without a thank-you.
That is weird- and not in a good way.
I'm a shy, private person. I don't like strangers coming to the door.
I feel the same way about strangers at the door, so I only keep my porch light on until about eight, when the children who are accompanied by parents have finished up for the evening. The older children--some teenagers--come to the door later, so I turn off my lights and read in a back room.
Sometimes I leave candy on the porch, to forestall people knocking loudly.
But I do think Trick-or-Treating is dying out here slowly, partly due to the efforts of community organizations to find safe alternatives.