Halloweens Past by Bernadette O’Reilly


Yesterday I was regaled by memories of Halloweens past.

Apples hanging from a ceiling

Peeling an apple, hoping for an initial to form from the peel.

Dressing up as all kinds of characters, knocking door to door after a dinner of colcannon.

Then gathering round a huge bonfire, the sky lit with fire-works.

A neighbour dressed as a hunchback one year.

People standing at their gate, in my mind I still see their faces.

Home again to eat apples, oranges, grapes, nuts, Halloween barmbrack…

The quietness of a house as I sat with an Aunt who was ill, no Halloween for me that year…

Rushing home another Halloween to see cousins who brought their one week old baby Trudi to visit.

My sister and I casting a spell to see would we dream of future husbands, I can still see the face in my


Going to my first fancy…

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