Sue Barnard – Hallowe’en


To those who follow paganism,
it’s called Samhain.

To those who follow Christianity,
it’s called All Hallows’ Eve.

To those who follow like sheep,
it’s called Halloween (sic).

An excuse to sell
tacky stuff at high prices,

to children who will spend the evening
veiled like characters from a Z-grade horror flick,

knocking on strangers’ doors
and making unveiled threats.

“Trick or Treat?”
In other words:

“Give us something now,
or we’ll vandalise your property.”

Since when has this
become acceptable behaviour?



Sue Barnard






Sue is a novelist, an award-winning poet, and a member of the editorial team of Crooked

Cat Publishing. She has a mind which is sufficiently warped as to be capable of compiling

questions for BBC Radio 4’s fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz – an attribute which once

caused one of her sons to describe her as “professionally weird.”


She lives in Cheshire with her husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.

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