Where the Samhain did this come from? People getting dressed up in disguise and roaming the streets for treats? It's just another of our silly superstitions. Fearing the shortening of daylight and the coming of winter it was an odd celebration of the end of harvest. Huge bonfires were lit presumably to scare off evil spirits and people dressed in elaborate animal skins and heads in an attempt to disguise themselves from the real spirits and demons, or so it's reported.
And what post here wouldn't be complete without at least one wooden stake waved at the other side of the aisle, silver bullets are far too expensive these days. Anybody know of a good exorcist? We laugh at superstitions as being just that, silly old folk lore, but it's not stopped the perpetuation of the illogical. Solving the health care problem by not providing it makes about as much sense as helping a bleeding victim with the use of blood letting. You know how that one will turn out.
So while the kiddies are all snug in their beds having walked miles with bags full of candy, a more sinister demon is lurking. No, not some greasy pedophile hiding in the bushes outside a bedroom window but a bunch of demented congressmen who'd have you believe night is day and day is night. They'd like nothing better than to steal your pensions, lower salaries and eliminate what's left of the last remaining safety nets. No imagined ghost or goblin could be more scary than that. Oh did I mention that tomorrow as a real trick (there are no treats these days) they'll be cutting off a nice chunk of food stamps to the kiddies. So I hope the kids have bursting candy bags because it may be all they have to eat for the foreseeable future. When will the rest of society take up pitch forks and torches and go after these monsters? That's anybody's guess. In the mean time staple some tea bags to your front door and have a three corner hat at the ready. You just might fool them until help arrives.