Another Happy Halloween spent on the streets around Elgin Crescent. We live close by so it’s great to be able to wander over and enjoy the elaborate decorations of cobwebs, spiders and pumpkins adorning the porches. This is one of my favourite carvings from last night.
Parents wait on the pavements while the children go up the steps to the front doors – they don’t usually even have to knock as the families will sit on their porches with huge bowls of sweets for the kids to choose from. Sometimes you will get a healthy option like rice cakes or slices of fruit and this year one family were handing out luminous wristbands which went down a treat! Word has got around and it’s busier than it used to be. But I still love the atmosphere and recognising neighbours under their wigs and masks – and yes I do mean the grownups. There are some incredible outfits out there which makes it more fun for those of us who’ve grown out of fun sized chocolate bars. But for the kids of course it is about collecting the candy, which is usually enough to keep them going for the whole of the next month. So once the candy runs out and the signs go up, the tealights are blown out and the revelry dies down for another year.