Ewan: 2½ years old & George 17 months old NEWS BLOG HALLOWEEN 26.10.2017
Ewan: Hi Ewan, here. I’m 2½ years old and love doing my blog.
George: And hi from me, George. I am now 17 months old and I love blogging too, especially with Cousin Ewan.
Ewan; So, come on George, say it.
Ewan: You know, your thing: Welcome to my world. Won’t you come on in?
George: I’m not. You say it.
Ewan: I already have, George.
George: So there is no point in me saying it is there?
So we’ve decided the theme of our current affairs blog.
Ewan: Yes, Halloween.
George: But if you catch up on the news it’s all about Brexit and Donald Trump.
Ewan: Both subjects are a waste of time, money and space. And certainly not worth our precious thoughts and words.
George: You’ve been listening to Grandad too long.
Ewan: He says politics is for losers and I am no loser.
George: Halloween is much less scary than politics.
Ewan: You are so right, George.
Did you know it is not Halloween Night until next Tuesday 31st October?
George: We seemed to start celebrating last Friday and it’s still going on.
So what’s it all about, Ewan?
Do witches and ghosts come down the chimney and leave you presents like Santa and Rudolf do at Christmas.
Ewan: I am assuming so.
I have told you my theory is that there is a different important event to celebrate every week throughout the year.
George: I do agree.
As well as witches and ghosts Halloween is about skeletons, vampires, especially Dracula, ghouls, monsters and fairies.
Ewan: And spiders and bats…and bees apparently.
George: I’ve never heard of bees being part of Halloween Night.
Ewan: Neither has anyone else. But for my ‘Two’s’ Club that Grandad calls “The Terrible Twos” we had a party last Thursday and although it was Halloweenish, dress was “general sort of fancy”. Mum dressed me up as a bee and I really looked the part too. And yet I have an outfit that gives me a very mean pumpkin look.
George: Did you buzz off?
I saw you in your pumpkin job at your Halloween Party on Sunday. I thought you were an actual pumpkin. I searched everywhere for you, under the table, behinf the telly, in the fish pond until I realised.
Ewan: Is that a grandad joke?
I did buzz though. I’m good at buzzing. It’s best if I incorporate it with my lion raw. Just to buzz is not very loud and doesn’t scare anyone. So what’s the point in that?
George: Do you know what Halloween is all about, then, Ewan.
Ewan: Is the Pope Catholic? I am the fountain of all knowledge and like Grandad, if I don’t know it I make it up.
Halloween has become the third biggest ‘event’ for retailers behind Christmas and Easter. Britons are estimated to spend a staggering £320million on related items this year according to Mintel. In the USA they spend $6.9 billion on Halloween each year.
George: Is that a lot of money, Ewan?
Ewan: I think it might be more than you or I have in our piggy banks. In fact I believe it is more than £100 even.
George: Wow! Really!
Ewan: Of course, Halloween began as ‘All Hallows Eve’ – the day before All Hallows Day or All Saints Day, when the Church celebrated Christ’s defeat of death, and life beyond the grave. It was linked to festivals marking the end of the harvest or the beginning of winter. But nowadays, the holiday is devoted to all things dark and ‘spooky’
It has been a large event in the US for decades, where whole neighbourhoods turn out for trick or treating. The trend in the UK is also focused on children, with two in five British parents buying sweets for trick-or-treating.
George: Wow! Ewan where do you get all your information from.
Ewan: Grandad, listening up and the Internet.
George: So as I see it Halloween is a week of dressing up and of major partying celebrations and that concludes on Tuesday with Trick or Treat Night. What’s Trick or Treat all about?
Ewan: I’m glad you asked me George.
It’s a bit like going door-to-door carol singing at Christmas but there are no carols, no singing and you get no money.
George: So what do you do?
Ewan: 1. First you must get an awesome costume to wear halloween night.
- You find a decent, clean neighbourhood to go to. – Difficult I know.
- Gather many friends.
- Go up to a house. (make sure porch lights are ON)
- Ring the doorbell.
- Once they answer, say in your sweetest voice, trick or treat.
- After you receive the candy, make sure you say thank you!
- Now repeat steps 4-7 until your bag is FULL!)
- HAVE FUN!
George: What if someone says “Trick”.
Ewan: I don’t think anyone has ever said it, George, so no one knows.
George: But what would you do, Ewan?
Ewan: A trick, but I don’t know many tricks!
I can make a Tunnock’s Tea Cake vanish in my mouth on the count of five.
I could take a Top Hat and produce a rabbit from it if I had a top hat and knew the right magic spell.
You could do a fancy trick like a cartwheel or say a tongue twister or whatever special thing you can do!
George: I can barely walk or talk, yet, so a bit difficult for me.
Ewan: Just fudge it using the ageism ploy.
George: To me there’s a lot of ageism going on with Halloween. Prejudice against us younger ones.
Ewan: Stop chuntering, George.
Did you know that as Halloween is now the third biggest retail period of the year, Christians are increasingly seeking to engage with Halloween, or to provide alternatives.
That is why World Vision has launched Pumpkin Heroes – a set of Bible-based resources starring ‘Patch the Pumpkin’ to equip children in churches and communities to respond to Halloween in a positive way. That ‘positive way’ will also include thinking about the children less fortunate than them around the world.
Pumpkin Heroes, for children aged 4-10 from churches across the UK, will instead spread light and love in their local communities. They will enjoy a fun-filled journey around their neighbourhood with lots of storytelling, craft-making, game-playing and pumpkin partying, all suitable for Christians seeking a different response to the season.
George: There you go again, not for us Ewan, ages 4-10 years old. Ageism!
Ewan: But you went to that Pumpkin Patch place where you picked your own pumpkin, with Fairy Godmother Emma and Prince Charming Daniel.
George: I know, but that was very disappointing.
If you are a Fairy Godmother and you see a pumpkin what do you do?
Ewan: Magic it into Cinderella’s golden coach!
You know that, I know that, but Fairy Godmother Emma did not seem to have a clue.
Ewan: That must have been very disappointing for you.
George: It was. I kept thinking she was going to do it, but she never did.
The huge pumpkin just sits on our kitchen table, now, just being a pumpkin.
Ewan: She might magic it there. The pumpkin was magiced into a coach in Cinderella’s kitchen.
George: But ours is a small kitchen, you’d never get it through the door.
Ewan: Cinderella must be a Halloween Story. The best Halloween Story of all.
George: You’re right. The Cinderella story is to Halloween what A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is to Christmas.
Ewan: There’s lots of ghosts A Christmas Carol too.
George: I like ghosts, they are so scary, yet, so friendly.
Do you have any ghosts in your house, Ewan?
Ewan: I’m not sure. I sometimes hear noises in the night and I ask for my light on. But I think it’s Santa, knocking around.
George: What even in mid-July?
Ewan: Santa is not just for Christmas you know. He checks us out all year.
George: Rory looked good in his Dracula outfit.
He was so scary at your Halloween Party.
Ewan: He sure was. See no ageism at our party.
Do you have ghosts at your house?
Ewan: How do you know? Have you seen them? Have you heard them?
George: I’ve not seen them. But when I go to sleep the landing light is on. When I wake up it is always turned off.
Ewan: Wow, scary George.
George: When I go to bed the lounge is a mess with all our toys. When I get up it is beautifully tidy.
Ewan: Wow, George, what more evidence do you need?
We always have to put our toys away. I’d love a ghost to do it for me.
George: I lie in bed listening to the ghost go “Whoooooo” too.
But Mum and Dad say it is the wind howling.
Ewan: Grown ups make me smile. They’ve always got a smart romantic answer.
They think we were born yesterday.
Freya looked good. She must have been a vampiress to Rory’s Dracula.
George: I like to think of her as Cruella De Ville from 101 Dalmatians. My favourite film
Ewan: No, my favourite film.
Did you see that ghost at Brook Farm Halloween Party that looked like Mamma.
George: I thought it was Mamma in fancy dress and went running for her to pick me up. Most embarrassing.
Ewan: At Brook farm why did they not let us gouge out our pumpkins like Rory & Freya? Why did our mums have to do it for us?
George: Ageism, Ewan.
Ewan: The story of our lives George.
I’m about to do a vanishing trick because Strictly Come Dancing has a Halloween theme this week.
I am so excited.
George: Ewan, why are you such a loser?