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British Expat Newsletter: October 2010

This month: Halloween - how its commercialisation continues apace, even in the face of gathering economic gloom.

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Gralloching a pumpkin

"When I was a bairn, in the north east of Scotland, we had never heard of pumpkins. With the advent of colour television last year, I realised neeps had competition. In black and white, you can't tell the difference." Mike Clark takes a look at the origins of Halloween and the traditional celebrations running into Guy Fawkes Night.

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Halloween in Portugal

Celebrating Halloween, as we know it, here in Portugal is a relatively new social phenomenon. Witches and ghouls galore, kids’ parties, commercial tra la la. This concept doesn’t mean anything to the Portuguese. Thank globalisation for this commercial orgy. Halloween here is usually spent at the cemetery in preparation for All Saints’ Day, 1 November. On […]

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Halloween horrors

"I'm really not looking forward to this Halloween. I realise that I may be being unnecessarily curmudgeonly here – Halloween is meant to be a bit of fun. But I blame it on the season. Though there are things to enjoy at this time of year - the autumn leaves, conkers and (occasional) crisp bright mornings - there is no getting away from it, winter is drawing in." With all the hassles of dressing up kids for trick-or-treating, and trying to ration the resulting pile of sweets, Halloween is not Miranda Irving's favourite festival.

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