It is interesting how Hallowe’en has changed dramatically, in Scotland, most definitely influenced by America. Let me take you on a trip down Memory Lane. When I was a child (no sniggering please!!) turnips were used to create lanterns, as you can imagine, much harder work than using a pumpkin!. At Primary School, on the day of Hallowe’en or the day nearest, teachers would organise some Hallowe’en fun. We would dress up in our finest Hallowe’en costumes and play games such as dooking for apples and there would be treats such as monkey nuts and toffee apples (a Dentist’s nightmare!). Early evening in my home my Mum would organise more fun and then it would be time to go “guising”, which was our equivalent to Trick or Treating. Whoever you visited would ask for a party piece, such as reciting a poem, joke or suchlike. I was an incredibly shy child so I was not keen on any of this lol, in fact my Dad would come with me. Today Hallowe’en is much more of a marketing opportunity but I probably view Hallowe’en of my childhood days with a touch of nostalgia. I wonder if that is a sign of getting old LOL.
My second Hallowe’en posting this weekend is a card which uses a non-Hallowe’en image. She is from a set called “A Scandalous Beauty” but don’t you think she could pass as a Goth?The base is artist canvas sheet painted cream then I stamped a scroll design. The woman is layered onto torn scrim, a Laura Ashley rub-on above the image, black lace flower and some black gems.
Finally, at this time of the year I love to re-visit Rabbie Burns’ “Tam o’Shanter“. Many of you will be familiar with this poem but if not or if it has been a number of years since you last read it then the link above will take you to this poem. Happy Hallowe’en. Lynne x