As you can imagine, I follow quite a few NYC based things on Twitter, Facebook etc, and this was posted today via the NYCGO website …
(If you’re interested, you can watch the parade live via the Internet from 11pm GMT – cool or what!)
We’re just watching the NFL game from Wembley on the television – San Francisco 49’ers versus Denver Broncos, and heard the US commentators say something we thought was hilarious… ‘..you might notice some of the fans are in Halloween fancy dress in the crowd – they celebrate Halloween here too…’ Errr guys….think you’ll find the name ‘Halloween’ is originally Scottish and started sometime in the 16th century…it represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even, that is, the night before All Hallows Day! Even Trick or Treating originated in Britain and Ireland dating back to the Middle Ages, in a very similar vein to Wassailing. The custom of wearing costumes and masks at Halloween goes back to Celtic traditions of attempting to copy the evil spirits or placate them – in Scotland for instance the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, dressed in white. (Thanks Wikipedia 🙂 )
Like most things, the US do it much bigger than we do, although I think the kids that have ravaged our treat bowl for the last 2 hours could show some of the US kids a trick or two – pardon the pun 🙂
Happy Halloween everyone!