Halloween is a night of anarchy
AROUND the time that Irish children stopped shouting "Apples or nuts . . . help the Halloween party," when they flocked around your door like hyperactive little ghouls and began saying "Trick or treat," something changed for the worse.
In leafy suburbs and quiet country towns, children can still experience the eerie thrill of an ancient Irish tradition, even if it has become somewhat Americanised.
But elsewhere, the night has taken on a deeply sinister aspect, with violent anarchy the main event. For weeks now, stockpiles of wooden pallets and old car tyres have been growing on open spaces in city centres and housing estates.