Happy Halloween!

Ensconced at home in the warm this evening, recovering from a bad cold, BC has been extremely impressed at the quality of the neighbourhood's youth on display door-to-door while trick-or-treating this evening. Scary, no. But a better mannered, more pleasant bunch of kids you could not hope to meet. And the costumes were pretty good too.

We do feel rather guilty, though, that the best we had to offer was Bendick's Bittermints and a bag of tangerines. Sorry, kids - we promise to do better next year!

What's been your experience of Spooky Brockley?


Richard said...

Right now I'm sat in the Jam Circus office taking a breather, fully face-painted as a dead clown. Morbid & surreal. Happy halloween all!

Maradoll said...

Whoever it was on Tyrwhitt Road who carved the jack'o lantern, you rock!! Love it.

To the boy on Lewisham Way who got all crazy aggressive with "trick or treat, penny or a sweet" - you kind of scared me and you didn't even have a costume on! Memo: Halloween is about costumes. If you're not wearing a costume, you've crossed the line from trick or treating to begging for money.

I loved the groups of children trick or treating, they were very cute and the little boy who wished me a Happy Halloween as I walked by. You all rock.

All the Goldsmiths kids in New Cross; they looked great. My favorite was the boy who was topless and had covered himself in blue paint. I couldn't tell if he was meant to be a blue man, a smurf or hypothermia. Awesome. :)

nobbly brick said...

I deplore this creeping americanised commercialisation of Halloween - a specific excuse to sell tat in shops and encourage people to act like idiots. Its only happened in the last 15 years or so and I think it should be stopped.

Its like fireworks - they go on all the year now - bring back the good old days when you could lob bangers at cats and into giggling bunches of girls without any fear of reprimand *on one night only*.

Tamsin said...

We copped out this year - shut out all the lights and hid in the back part of the house. The strategy worked - no door-bell ringing at all. In the past we've had a supply of black and orange banana-cakes and black and green bread (food-dye not mould)on hand and dished them out to callers.
My feeling is that things are improving - the groups going round are more inclined to play the game properly and only approach those who indicate that they are up for it by having carved pumpkins or whatever on display.
On the other hand, while trapped in a dentists chair in the afternoon I heard a local news item on the radio to the effect that the police had a tip-off warning of gangs planning to use halloween as an excuse/cover for mayhem in SE London. Anyone know anything more about that item? And generally whether the elderly are still being terrorised by "demands with menaces"?

Flat Broke said...

I hadn't heard anything about gangs using Halloween but there was coverage of the possibility that fireworks night was going to be targeted by rival gangs invading each other's territory. That was in the London paper but I've seen nothing else.

As for Halloween - I was really disappointed because we had just moved back in after a couple of months absence and no one knocked at all... will definitely put up a pumpkin next year. I did see groups of kids on the streets - all with parents - and they all looked brilliant.

And bah humbug to nobbly brick on this occasion (but I know what you mean (-; )

Brockley Nick said...

The last two years yielded zero trick or treaters at my house, but this year we had two groups - all lovely kids who said thanks for the sweets.

I don't know if it's a reflection of the fact there are more families living in the area, but it certainly isn't because our house looks any more approachable.

max said...

I only open to those wearing high visibility safety jackets above their costumes.

toshy said...

We didn't have any in St Johns, which was good because all I would've been able to offer them was cigarettes.

Tamsin said...

It may have been firework night - a mouthful of dentist's fingers and equipment is a bit of a distraction.
It's good if the parents are around to - teaching discretion. We had a brilliant halloween when the children were much younger - by arrangement with their mother some neighbour's children came along and we had a "fire" - orange and yellow cellophane - with a cauldron atop it in the middle of the sitting room fire, spooky lighting, and a fun, impromptu witchy party.

T said...

Actually - meant in the middle of the sitting room floor, not fire. We could gather round in a full magic circle.

Monkeyboy said...

I was in town drunk so avoided the little sweethearts. There were the usual rowdy bunch on the last train of Brockley (sounds like a blues song) munching their pasties from London bridge, they only had beef and stilton by the time I rocked up. Not nice.

Last year I disconnected my bell and got my front door egged for my troubles.

Tamsin said...

Wasn't there a song called "the 8.18 from Barnehurst to Blackfriars" in the mid 80s - a train notoriously subject to delay and cancellation that I used to catch at the time.

Bea said...

Had a great Halloween - must have had about ten groups of people rolling up to our front door all in great costumes and all very polite. But then again I had put a pumpkin out and a sign indicating which door bell to ring (didn’t want to disturb the neighbours).

At around 8 pm a bunch of friends turned up (some in costume) and we had a fun night in eating Meze Mangel take away (Ocado failed to deliver due to power failure at their warehouse!) and we finished off by munching our way through a bag of M&S spook marsh mallows.

Headhunter said...

Nobbly - Americanisation of Hallowe'en has been around for longer than 15 years! I remember trick or treating in the mid 80s, that's 20+ years at least!

I was cycling through central London and was quite impressed by the number of costumes out there. At one point I caught up with about 50 or so in line skaters accompanied by a couple of cyclists, all in costume, skating along the road (holding up traffic through central London)

silburnl said...

"We didn't have any in St Johns"

Whereas we (also in St Johns) had hordes of 'em. Enough to clean us out of two boxes of Quality Street plus some emergency gum drops.

My better half had warned me that it was likely to get frantic, but even so it was a bit suprising. We had kids three abreast and queuing down to the pavement several times.


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