It’s been a big week of cultural experiences for the Mouton household! The kids participated in their first Guising on Wednesday night.
The Christian celebration of All Saints Day on November 1st was set to coincide with the last day of the old Celtic calendar year – 31 October. It was celebrated by the Druids (high ranking professional class of ancient Celtic culture) as “Samhain” which translates to mean “summer ending”. The night was associated with witches and bonfires but bonfires on Halloween are no longer a thing since there are plenty to be found on Guy Fawkes Day – 5 November. “Tattie bogles” (potato scarecrows) and “neep lanters” (turnip lanterns) were made and set around encampments to scare off evil spirits. Today we honor this old tradition by carving pumpkins!
The original idea behind trick or treating came from dressing up as spirits of the dead. So back then all you needed were some of your grandparents’ old clothes. Obviously the tradition of dressing up as a witch has persisted though. Kids went door to door and performed a poem, song or little dance for nuts or fruit and this is still part of the Scottish culture on Halloween.
Brooks ran with a group of kids from door to door where they would stand and each tell a joke before they were allowed to take a piece of candy. Mia was excluded from the joke telling of course! Several people commented that she was the youngest trick or treater that they’d ever seen! Personally, I loved it! I loved that the the kids had to do a little work, or a ‘party piece’ as some call it, before ramming their hands into bowls of candy. Our neighborhood is relatively small so we also didn’t end up with enough candy to last the the rest of the year – limiting the number of tantrums about wanting more – which is also nice!
Some pics of our little ladybird and Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon:
We also had a Halloween Party with the Mom and Tots group from the AWA.
And Mia had a “fancy dress” party at school and at Abricabeats this week!
Abricabeats, beats, beats, beats,
We stomp our feet, feet, feet!
We clap our hands, hands, hands!
We play in bands, bands, bands!
We sing our songs, songs, songs!
Have so much fun, fun, fun!
Clap to the beat, beat, beat,
And because one late night and lack of routine isn’t enough for one week, we also went to Albyn’s Fireworks Night! It kicked off the weekend of bonfires and fireworks to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night/Day aka Bonfire Night.
Remember, remember the fifth of November of gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.
– Alan Moore
A HUGE fireworks show was put on on the playingfields of Brooks’ school. Lots of his friends were there and running amuck along with him. There were chocolate fountains, coffee and tea and food trucks there to celebrate. It was one of the best and longest fireworks shows I’ve seen. From what I understand, we can expect to hear fireworks for the rest of the weekend and into next week as well! We had a fabulous time until the inevitable meltdown at the end due to a long-passed bedtime.