Another name used for Halloween in some parts of the country.This is the eve of the Celtic New year, where fairies and witches can join us in our world.
An ideal opportunity for the likes of the knight Tim Lin, (who had been captured by the Fairy Queen and held in her realm) to enter, uninvited and unannounced into our domain.
It is rumoured that witches ride on their broomsticks or even take to the sky on their egg-shells to cause mischief and cast spells.
In Whitby the tradition for anyone wishing to predict if they would marry, was to climb to the top of the church tower and call out their intended's name. An underwater bell would be heard if the marriage was to take place, otherwise silence would reign.
It is believed that the bells had been stolen from a church during a Viking raid. As the culprits were making their escape a bolt from the sky was hurled at their ship sending it and the bells, to a watery grave.
Another way of attempting to predict romance on this eve was to place nuts (such as hazelnuts and even pips from apples) onto a fire. Each pip or nut was named after a someone desired. Upon deciding whether burning or bursting should be good or bad those taking part would sit and wait for each burst or burn.
The well known apple dooking or bobbing was also enjoyed. On a similar theme an apple was placed on a pole which was then spun at great speed; participants taking it in turn to try to take a bite out of the apple. (Imagine trying to sink your teeth into that!)
The image is of Hornsea settling down and waiting for Halloween to commence.
Authors Ian and Marie.