Halloween has changed significantly since the days of my youth. ‘You can buy costumes now…’ – is what I say to my kids who have both insisted on making their own ensembles which resulted in me and my better half (mainly my better half to be fair) searching for material in craft shops, pound shops and B&Q over the weekend. My daughter looked the part at her school disco – an ‘artist’ with her messy smock, palette and French beret. My son’s costume is still to be finished. He’s dressing as a bush…something to do with some online thing game him and his friends play… no real point in asking… just go along with it, buy the camouflage trousers and cut some branches from the garden for sticking on to an outsized soap powder box…
When I was wee I didn’t really get a choice regards my desired role – having big sisters usually meant come Halloween I was dressed up by them in some concoction of headscarves , beads, hats, old coats – and then they would tell me that I looked just like a doctor or a cowboy or a wee ‘grannie’ and I sort of believed them. I believed them enough to go around chapping doors anyway, looking for nuts, apples and oranges – and at the posh houses the occasional chocolate something or other. We had to do a ‘turn’ sometimes of course. My party piece was usually a song of some description…a wee Scottish tune or a pop hit – I was always keen. Anything for a tangerine…
I Remember It Well! Film and memory symposium, Thursday 1 Nov 2018, 10am – 2pm at Paisley Arts Centre
A very interesting event will take place this week at the Paisley Arts Centre – join researchers, practitioners and community groups to explore the expanding role of archive film. Hear and discuss ideas around the power of film to impact memory and wellbeing. To book your free place at the box office call 0300 300 1210 or book online via Eventbrite
This event will be hosted by Renfrewshire Leisure and National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive. You can follow on Twitter #filmmemory
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Enjoy your spooky treats – talk soon!