Here's a useful old chant, charm, spell, prayer (you name it!) to recite if you hear a bump in the night! I've seen this poem in so many different versions that I can't credit the author here. But give it a try .... and best to say it three times!
Ghoulies and Ghosties: An old spell
From ghoulies and ghosties,
And long-leggity beasties,
And things that go bump in the night.
Good Lord deliver us!
Cultures around the world have different days, celebrations, rituals and traditions to honour their ancestors. Most of these celebrations seem to have migrated towards the end of October, early days of November and are known by many names. El Dia de los Muertos, The Mexican Day of the Dead, seems to me to have the most playful aspects. I love the tradition of the skeleton figures dressed up and going about their every day activities - some are so whimsical like a skeleton riding a motorbike or being caught in the outhouse!
Last Hallowe'en, my daughter attended an art class at our local community centre. Every child was to create their own "sugar" skull on canvas. They were all different in so many ways, colours, design, materials used - this is Rhian's. I think her's came out extra sweet!