>From: British archaeology discussion list <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of John Wood <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: 02 November 2015 22:01
>I was under the impression that these lanterns were meant to ward off evil spirits and other nasties on Hallowe'en.
Now John, surely you're not comparing the tots who knock our doors 'trick-or-treating' with evil spirits and other nasties... :-)
>On 11/2/15, Malcolm J Watkins <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I am not (although I did not make it clear) suggesting that Halloween (All Hallows eve) is new. No, it is simply the commercialisation that is new, and
>> I seriously doubt if the concept behind the commercialisation goes back far - that is to say obtaining 'gifts' by blackmail.
Speaking of which, you've just reminded me: It'll be 'Children in need', soon... (I was once 'mugged' in a pub by 'Pudsey Bear' - emptied my wallet :-)