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- in a short time; soon

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Trick or treat

As it’s Halloween, lots of kids will be out tonight – unless it chucks it down – going ‘trick-or-treating’.

Are you too soft on 'trick or treaters'?

Are you too soft on ‘trick or treaters’?

I just Googled it and read the Wikipedia article. I was stunned (nearly said ‘gobsmacked’: hate the word even if President Obama has used it). It says the origins are thought to be Celtic, and ‘guising’ (visiting houses dressed up on Halloween) was first recorded in Scotland in 1895. The first recorded happening in America was 1911.

So, it’s the Scots we have to blame for this, not the Americans. But it did say the term ‘trick or treat’ is from the US.

I don’t mind the little ones who come round with their parents – they’re kinda cute, all dressed up. Some teenagers really try hard too, with great costumes and lots of makeup.

But there’s often a bunch of kids just looking for a hand-out. Don’t know if this happens in the US, but it does here in the UK.

Spiders make a great trick!

Spiders make a great trick!

It got me thinking – how can we stop this? Then it came to me: it’s in the name … ‘trick or treat’!

How many of you out there ever tricked instead of treated? Are us Brits just too nice to do it? When I used to go out with my mates, the worst anyone ever did was pretend they weren’t in – the rest of the time we got sweets or money.

I’m not saying you should trick the little ones – that would be just mean. But the older one’s can be tricked. And if they’ve made the effort to dress up, then you can treat them as well … after you’ve scared the crap out of them.

Think I’ve just got enough time to work out some tricks and traps before they come round tonight!

Toni – More anon …