Monday, 29 October 2007

Hallowe'en Treats.

I grew up in Wales. At that time and in that place Hallowe'en was a time for small, private, children's parties. We played bob-apple, ducking-apple, murder-in-the-dark (this last, naturally, involved a lot of screaming!). Small cakes were decorated as spooky faces and toadstools. A good time was had by all.

No-one had heard of Trick-or-Treat.

Near Christmas we went carol-singing with the Chapel youthclub. All takings went to charity.

On the morning of New Year's Day, strictly before noon, we sang a Welsh rhyme at neighbours' locked doors. Then we shouted our names. If we were recognised, the door was opened and a couple of small coins would be handed to us. This was known as the "calennig". We could spend these coins on whatever took our fancy - luxury!

Anyway, back to Hallowe'en.

Imagine my surprise this morning to sign in and find my first ever Hallowe'en treat. It came from Hootin' Anni, just because I dropped by her door. Great! Here it is.

Now, so as not to be greedy, I have to pass it on.

Treats for:

jamflam - here's what I think
jmb - nobody important
siani - Siani's Pot-Pourri
teena - It's all about me!
welshcakes limoncello - Sicily Scene

Happy Hallowe'en everyone!


Siani said...

Ooh! Thank you for my treat! I've just copied the pic and will pass it on, too!

Teena in Toronto said...

Thanks for the treat :)

I've passed it on too.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks for the link and the treat- I appreciate it. Interesting to hear about your childhood in Wales. I can remember when there was no trick-or-treat, too. We still had fun!

Maggie said...

Thanks so much for the treat! Halloween is my favorite holiday! Here in the States Halloween is a pretty big deal, and in my house we go all out for the day!

jmb said...

Thanks Dragonstar for passing this on. I loved your post about Halloween when you were young.

Valarie said...

Hi! I enjoyed reading your blog. It's fun to read about what other traditions people around the world celebrate.
I keep hearing about this photohunt thing. I am going to have to check that out.