Halloween is my favorite time of the year. The leaves are turning, painting the hills in a beautiful patchwork. The weather (apart from the last few days!) is crisp and cold. And you can almost feel the magic in the air.
Even as a child I was fascinated by the legends - the ghosts, the vampires, the witches and warlocks. I even became one myself.
That magic makes Halloween so special. We live in a practical age, where children have access to more information by the age of ten than we managed to accumulate in three times that duration. Technology has removed much of the magic from life. We don't sit around a flickering fire and listen to the old stories any more.
But at Halloween all that changes. For a day we go back two centuries, to a time when ghosts walked our streets, vampires haunted our dreams, and wolves howled at night. That injection of imagination is vital for our children. So we should all make an effort to encourage it. If you are with me on this, let's all wear a good costume on Monday, and go door to door. Or if you have no kids (and it would be creepy without them) at least put on a costume and have a bag of sweets and nuts ready for when they call.
Long live Halloween, and - BOO!