I have never had much liking for the tawdriness of secular Hallowe’en. If there was ever an indication of the corruption that markets can perpetrate upon a festival that once had a very different meaning to that now ascribed to it, Hallowe’en delivers it.
As well as being suitably pompous for Snippa it is also factually incorrect – appropriate for Snippa. Halloween is the modern day irruption of Samhaim back through the Catholic Church’s attempt to obscure it by appropriating it into All Soul’s Day.
Mumming and guising was a part of Samhain from at least the 16th century and was recorded in parts of Ireland, Scotland, Mann and Wales.
How dreadful that markets, mere undirected peeps doin’ their own thing, allow the old ways to reappear from underneath that centralised control. No wonder he hates it.