Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hallowe'en is coming.

I always enjoy Hallowe'en even though it's not the same as when I was small. It used to be about ducking for apples and scary stories at the fireside. Now it's all dress-up and street begging and sweets and plastic skeletons.

Still, it's fun, and the remembrance of the day keeps the ghostly aspects in everyone's mind.

I know there are people who don't like Hallowe'en although I didn't realise there was a rare phobia whereby a few people are actually terrified of it. It can't be physiological because nothing physiological happens. Like the irrational fear of the number 13 it must be a learned phobia.

It could be instilled by a religious upbringing or by an overbearing parent and it would be a very hard one to cure by traditional means. The event only happens once a year. Not much scope for getting accustomed to it.

Maybe that grouchy neighbour who will have nothing to do with the event isn't just being miserable. Maybe it actually terrifies them.

Perhaps, this year, I won't deliberately set out to scare them.



The Filthy Engineer said...

To scare the witless, all you have to do is open the door with a ciggy in one hand and a large single malt in the other.

Romulus Crowe said...

Don't forget salt. It's always good for dispelling evil ones.

Seems to still work pretty well.

southernwriter said...

It's getting to where almost everyone I know likes Halloween as well as, if not better, than Christmas.

Romulus Crowe said...

Christmas is a Pagan festival too, as is Easter. ;)

The shift in preference might be because of political correctness. Here, all mention of Christmas is often deleted in case it 'offends some minority' who have never expressed the slightest interest in Christian festivals.

The Politically Correct can't touch Halloween because it ostensibly belongs to one of those minorities.

So we can have our Halloween parties without pompous people telling us it's racist or some other nonsense.

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