Missed trick on “Trick Or Treat”

Posted: 1 November 2016 in Cultural, Understanding Others
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Wbooitches in the neighbourhood.  Squeals of groups of children trick-or-treating up my street last night.  With parents at a discrete distance watchful behind.  Ha ha, harmless fun?  Well of course.

But my pumpkin went into soup, not onto the window sill. But overall – we are missing a trick here.  There is a need for a proper something.  What we currently have is pale entertainment.  Ditch the Americanised saccharine of Halloween.  Fast-forward over the faux fright-fests.  Skip on the Satanic stuff that creeps in.  Let’s get statistical. The ultimate statistic – one in one dies.  You dear reader will die, as will I.  The lights will go out.

Witches in the neighbourhood.  Squeals of groups of children trick-or-treating up my street last night.  With parents at a discrete distance watchful behind.  Ha ha, harmless fun?  Well of course.

But my pumpkin went into soup, not onto the window sill. But overall – we are missing a trick here.  There is a need for a proper something.  What we currently have is pale entertainment.  Ditch the Americanised saccharine of Halloween.  Fast-forward over the faux fright-fests.  Skip on the Satanic stuff that creeps in.  Let’s get statistical. The ultimate statistic – one in one dies.  You dear reader will die, as will I.  The lights will go out.

Actually, Halloween has the germ of a festival of remembrance, because that is where it came from, All Hallows Eve, the eve of All Hallows or All Saints Day (1st November).  Then All Souls Day (2nd November).

Let’s have a proper Allhallowtide or Hallowmas.  Three days (Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day) for remembrance for the departed.  And folk of faith will remember also “the saints” or heroes of faith.  These three days used to be well established Christian Festivals, but most of the western church has forgotten them.  Other countries have similar things (Mexico, El Dia de los Muertos).  A friend from the Polish Catholic Church in UK tells me that members of her family light candles on the graves of her parents on the weekend after All Souls.  Remembrance Day has tried to take over here, but is basically limited to military events.

We need to give space for all sorts of griefs and losses.  And laughter.  To reflect on all those who made us who we are, our deceased parents, grandparents, and others.  Also to reflect on our own mortalities.  For Christians this is easier, as there is a confidence in life after life has ended.  But even for people with zero religion, is there not a need to reflect with affection just once a year on a deceased grandparent, parent, spouse, or child?

The current Halloween is for 5-8 year olds – of all ages.  “Fright! Ha ha, he he”?   It is all sugar and fat with no nutrition. There is a malicious streak too. Witness the outbreak of “creepy clowns in Liverpool and elsewhere, and the Halloween Biker  outrage in Oxford Street and Bermondsey.   There is a need for a proper day where authority, celebs, and figures of aspirant-dignity are rightly satirised and lampooned.  For a single day in the year at least. I came across this in Nepal, The Festival of Gai Jatra.  A revival of April Fools Day would do this nicely.

Bring back the real dead.  Not gory zombies of fiction and too much red and latex makeup.  Real people. I will start with – Big Bill, Agustina, Uncle Frank, Revd Mark, ………

Bill 

 

 

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