A friend quizzed me by SMS last Saturday as to whether I was out & about on the bar scene - "at a Halloween party".
I was flabbergasted!!
a) I don't go out to bars all that much. Really. (Not on the weekend, at any rate....)
b) I don't go to parties in bars. Ever. (Well, not unless they're organised by friends of mine....)
c) Halloween is not an English holiday (not as it is nowadays mostly 'celebrated', anyway, with all of that costume partying trick-or-treat malarkey). It is strictly an American thing, and not something I have any interest in. (OK, I like Thanksgiving and Mardi Gras - but not Halloween. What do you want from me? Consistency?!)
d) I do rather hold to the view that you have to celebrate special events (Christmas, birthdays, New Year, St Patrick's Day....) on the actual day on which they fall - not on an adjacent weekend. Call me a fuddy-duddy, if you will; but there you have it - it is one of my inflexible principles.
So, was I in a bar celebrating Halloween on October 27th??? I should say not!
Tonight, on the other hand, is a whole different question.....