Helen Moorhouse: Scariest bit about Halloween? How it's grown into a monster
OCTOBER 31, when those who have passed over pop back for some mayhem and mischief. Exciting stuff.
Many of us remember it as the time of year when Aonghus McAnally would bury his face in a pile of flour topped with a glace cherry and you might get a new mask made from plastic with two eyeholes, no nosehole and a bit of elastic to hold it on -- if last year's wasn't too battered, that is.
Some things don't change -- Halloween has always been very hazardous. Choking's a big risk, what with the appearance of the the most dangerous foodstuff known to man -- Barm Brack. Packed with rags, peas, beans and other respiratory threats.