Halloween – 30/10/2017

by Max

One of the mum’s off a boat in the Prickly Bay anchorage had organised ahead of time for a dinghy trick or treat on Halloween.  She organised a list of the kid boats participating and the boats giving out treats, there was even a map of the Prickly Bay anchorage with the boats with treats marked on it.  We had been out on a catamaran for our friend Elliot’s birthday with Marina, Zoe, Ava, Tristan and I, we got changed in the Catamaran so we were ready.  We arrived at the Prickly Bay marina which was filled with kids in costumes, we were all given a map and the kids were divided up into the dinghies. The dinghies went off and collected lots of treats.

The history of trick or treating began in the middle ages when children and sometime poor adults would dress up in white costumes with blackened masks (to symbolize the dead) and go around knocking on doors to beg for food or money in exchange for prayers or songs, this was called souling and the children were called soulers. The trick or treating that we know today, came from North America in the early 1900’s when Irish and Scottish Americans revived their old traditions.  Trick or treating did stop during World War II due to sugar shortages.  After the war, trick or treating was a standard practice for millions of children as there was no longer sugar rationing.  Candy companies have capitalized on Halloween and Americans now spend around $6 billion a year on Halloween candy.

 Us already in our costumes on the boat.

 Dinghies leaving the dock to begin trick or treating.

The exodus from the dinghy dock for trick or treating.

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Kids in costumes posing for photo.

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