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Not to know that Halloween is considered a big thing in Scotland?

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useruseruseruseruseruseruser · 31/10/2018 18:29

Scottish Highland born and bred, Scottish parents. We never did Halloween and nothing for it whatsoever. Christmas was big though.

I see people all over MN saying how big it was in Scotland? I seem to have missed it? Confused

I am talking 70s/80s here, for reference.

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Mumberjack · 02/11/2018 08:10

I’m Scottish and it has always been a big deal: when I was young it was the big social occasion of going out guising and carving a neep (I’m central belt so it was never a tumshie Smile) - wasn’t really about decorations, elaborate costumes etc or playing tricks - more about going round the doors, telling jokes and having a carry on.

Now it’s more sanitised in some ways - steering clear of some houses which don’t participate - which is a good thing, and soending much more money than before on costumes, sweets etc...then again if it wasn’t for home bargains for cheap stuff I’d be raging about the cost. My D.C. love it and it was nice to meet more neighbours the other night.


Shampaincharly · 02/11/2018 13:45

Quite a few Dundonians on this post.
Wave to @EustaciaPieFace and @2018SoFarSoGreat your name! Grin


Shampaincharly · 02/11/2018 13:47

And WAVE to @FermatsTheorem


2018SoFarSoGreat · 02/11/2018 14:40

Waves back to all of the Dundonians 😝


lily2403 · 02/11/2018 14:53

My friends, family etc loved guising in Scotland (east coast)
We all had songs and dances worked out weeks in advance, we were out in droves.
Not so much nowadays which is :( out of our group of houses (a lot of them) there were 5 with decorations etc everybody else house was in darkness


FermatsTheorem · 02/11/2018 15:09

Waves back to all fellow Dundonians. (Alas, I was brutally uprooted and taken to England at a relatively young age Sad)


Mammylamb · 02/11/2018 15:40

Waves to all dundoneans and weegies. I was brought up in Glasgow but been in Dundee since 2002


Willow2017 · 02/11/2018 16:35

S.E. Scotland we went guising in 70s. Made our own costumes, neep lanterns, party piece.
Still a big night here.😀


wafflyversatile · 02/11/2018 20:31

Village near...... Dundee in 70s. We carved neeps and usually had a party in the village hall with fancy dress, apple ducking etc. I won the lantern competition one year with the use of marbles and eyeshadow! #stillproud


wafflyversatile · 02/11/2018 20:34

Agree with pp that NY was bigger than Christmas. My dad worked Christmas morning in the early 60s but NY day was off.


Shampaincharly · 02/11/2018 22:12

Who mentioned NY ?
Must have missed that!


EustaciaPieface · 03/11/2018 00:31

I’m Dundonian but been in Glasgow since 1996, moved here after I graduated. Back home to Dundee regularly though!


Shampaincharly · 03/11/2018 09:16

I do not live there now either.


Highlandcathedral · 03/11/2018 09:32

I grew up in Sutherland in the 60s then moved to Inverness for the 70s. Guising was a big thing in both places. Costumes on, go round the local houses (which weren’t decorated, they were mostly family friends). Did our party piece then got some nuts, fruit, and maybe a few coins.

We also always had guide/brownie parties too, with dooking for apples and treacle scones. I’ve been in England for 35 years now but I still do the Apple dooking for the village children when they come to my house. They would all be disappointed if I didn’t!


Lessstressedhemum · 03/11/2018 09:55

I grew up in Ayrshire in the 60s and 70s. We had a school party during class time and we were all things like Diddy Men and Dominoes, nothing scary. We went guising, "Are you haudin it, missus?", you didn't get sweets really, though, unless someone's mum had made tablet or toffee apples. The treacle scones were the best bit. My poor dad had to carve a tumshie every year.


LoisWilkerson1 · 03/11/2018 10:36

I remember "that hoose is haudin"Grin If a house had tablet or macaroons they'd be decendeded upon.

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