British Trick Or Treat
I can see that Halloween works in America – I imagine trick or treating youngsters dressed up, collecting candy – but of course that’s not good enough for the anarchistic British, who are used to throwing fireworks about on Guy Fawkes night one week later, so on Halloween this year, my friend Maggie Armitage nearly had her house burned to the ground when a couple of morons lobbed a flaming pumpkin through her lounge window.
Luckily it went out, but glass exploded everywhere, and the police later told her that the night was a disaster, with hundreds of emergency calls logged as Halloween events got out of hand. Why is it that whenever the British celebrate something they take it to extremes? What is it in the national psyche that must always push things as far as they will go? Is it entirely attributable to alcohol, or is it part of our social programming?
Related book: The London Mob – Robert Shoemaker
A study that traces violence back to the eighteenth century habit of riot and discord.