I completely forgot about Halloween.
There have been a few bangers going off around the distant neighbourhood but when you live in the country you get used to the sound of gunfire so bangers tend to just blend into the background noise of life.
Normally I would have electrified the gate, which in the past has led to some spectacular fun [particularly on a rainy night] but I forgot this year. No one called anyway so they must have learned something from previous years? Or else they've all grown up? Or all electrocuted?
I only remembered because last night was one of those exceptionally rare nights when I actually watched the news.
It somewhat saddened me.
Apparently the "authorities" had been going around destroying bonfires before they could be lit. And those that were lit on the night had been promptly doused by the fire brigade. They didn't say why they were being so mean spirited. Was it because the chiiiildren might be hurt by a flying spark? Was this another "message to the world" how Ireland is leading the fight against Warble Gloaming?
What saddened me the most though was that they reported on areas that had organised "events" for the night to keep the kids off the streets. I have nothing against organising things like that – if the kids have fun, then what the hell? But it all smacks of keeping the chiiiildren neatly corralled into a cozy safe little environment where they can't be harmed by marauding paedophiles or stray fireworks. It's teaching the kids that fun must be rigidly organised and supervised at all times.
We're breeding a generation of zombies.