American-style trick-or treating is being shelved in favour of traditional guising in some parts of Lewis, as Hallowe’en, or Samhain, marks the onset of the winter season.
Youngsters in Tong will be out guising on November 1st, following a route from the Tong shop from 6pm.
Households who would welcome guisers are asked to get in touch with the grown-ups going along on the route via the Facebook page for Tong Community Hall, Isle of Lewis (https://www.facebook.com/groups/207557566481020/?fref=nf )
Meanwhile in Point, Buth an Rubha and Café Roo are encouraging customers to ‘throw out trick or treating and bring back guising’, with a Hallowe’en ceilidh from 5 to 7pm on October 31st.
Youngsters can sing, recite, dance or tell a joke and there are prizes for costumes.
The Gaelic festival of Samhain, celebrated between October 31st and November 1st, traditionally marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.
November 1st is also the church festival of all souls or ‘all hallows’, and October 31st ‘all hallows eve’ or Hallowe’en.