Happy Halloween! The neighbourhood throbs with fireworks and ghostly figures scaring the pants - as in panting from a fright - from estate residents who smile at the little monsters, or turn off the lights with each chance for a trick or treat.
|Skullduggery ... Behind the scenes work to make Halloween a really scary success. Many thanks to Janko Ferlič for the great pic and to Unsplash|
His mother laughed and the lad stumbled over a message he could hardly wait to get out. 'Why did the copper nab the 'alloweeny ghost?
'So 'cause like 'e didn't 'ave a ...' He jogged his mother's handbag for a prompt, then remembered. 'The ghost didn't 'ave a licence for 'unting.'
'Hauntin',' the lady said.
'Yea, an' that.' The little lad turned up the volume as an excited group of young Halloweeners joined us. A junior Batman shouted, 'What trees like 'alloween the most of all?'
The questioner couldn't wait for me to guess. 'Bam-BOO!' he shouted. 'An', an' what do witches put on their 'air? Scare spray!'
|Monsters in the making ... Scary work for young Halloweeners. Many thanks to Jason Rosewell for the portrait of the industry, and to Unsplash|
A girl pushed round him. 'You won't guess this one,' she said. The lad shouted that I hadn't even guessed his.
Impatience had the better of her, too. 'What's a monster's favorite play on telly. Romeo and Ghouliet.'
A taller boy shouted, 'Why didn't the mummy 'ave no friends?'
A ghoul parade
The first lad shouted, 'Cause 'e was wrapped up in 'imself!'
The mother appeared again. 'You're welcome to come to our ghoul parade.' The collected enthusiasm almost made it difficult to decline.
As I moved to another section in the shop, a lad with a breaking voice called, 'Guess what's a 'aunted chicken really. No? Give up?
'A poultry, um, poultry, er, poultry geist!'
Thanks very much for visiting the blogs for my adventure book, Sailing to Purgatory, and a very happy and scary Halloween to you.