What you can’t see is the smell of Halloween: the hum of charred turnip from the candle inside.
I’m Scottish. For Hallowen, it’s traditional to make lanterns out of turnips. How this was done before power tools, I’ll never know.
In 2015, I decided to make a traditional neep (that’s Scots for turnip) lantern. Yes, I used a holesaw, and turnip goo went everywhere.
It looked pretty good on the day:
Unlike pumpkins, turnips last. I left it out in the front garden.
It went very wizened:
It disappeared towards the end of May 2016. This was the last time I saw it:
â€” from the ever-wonderful SUBNORMALITY!
Update, 9:30pm: Phew — it’s over. We handed out something like $60-worth of candy tonight. I had to make two emergency runs to the shops to get more. I have to say, this “Trick or Treat” thing is getting off lightly. When I was a kid in Glasgow, we’d go guising, all costumed up, and we each did a little party piece (song, poem, joke) to earn our loot. We had a retired teacher as a neighbour, and she was a difficult audience. You’d spend about five minutes inside each house, not just a few seconds at the door. Kids today, eh?