How PC brigade took Halloween from Wickerman to Hocus Pocus
Halloween is an odd event; you dress your children up as gothic murderers or reanimated corpses who feast on the living, before sending them out into the dark of night to roam the streets and accept sweets from creepy looking strangers.
Meanwhile, adults indulge in a vanity project like no other - the voguing in pubs on Halloween night is a thing of beauty. Throw on a wig and any shred of clichéd Irish modesty flies out the door on a broomstick.
While Halloween purports to be the wildest and scariest holiday going - health and safety officials have plastered red tape all over October 31, resulting in some of the older and terrifying traditions falling out of favour.