Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Hallowe'en (Mitchell)

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

HALLOWEEN (J8x40) 3C (4C set) John W Mitchell Whetherly Book 17

1- 8 1s set, turn RH, cast 1 place and turn LH to face 2nd corners
9-16 1s dance ½ reel of 4 with 2nd corners, turn 4th corner (2nd corner person) RH and turn partner LH to face 1st corners
17-24 1s dance ½ reel of 4 with 1st corners, turn 3rd corner (1st corner person) RH and ¾ turn partner LH to face out in 2nd place opposite sides
25-32 1s dance reel of 3 on opposite sides giving LSh to 2nd corner (pstn) 1s end in lines across (1L between 3s (at top) and 1M between 2s), all set
33-40 3s+1s+2s circle 6H round to left ½ way, 1s petronella into 2nd places own sides and set
2nd time through as new 1s start original 1s also set, turn RH, cast to bottom and turn LH

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


Dance Information

Also see the dance Halloween (Bell) by Dorothy Bell.
Also see the dance Hallowe'en Jig (MacLeod) by L MacLeod.

Halloween (also spelled Hallowe'en) is an annual holiday observed on October 31, has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saints' Day, but is today largely a secular celebration.

"Halloween" is a poem written by the Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1785. First published in 1786, the Halloween - Poem is included in the Kilmarnock volume. It is one of Burns' longer poems, and employs a mixture of Scots and English.

The first of the 26 stanzas takes us straight to the Ayrshire countryside and coast, the setting for the traditional rural Halloween customs described in the poem

Upon that night, when fairies light,
On Cassilis Downans dance,
Or owre the lays, in splendid blaze,
On sprightly coursers prance;
Or for Colean the rout is ta'en,
Beneath the moon's pale beams;
There, up the Cove,to stray an' rove,
Amang the rocks and streams
To sport that night;
Halloween Image
Illustration To Robert Burns' Poem Halloween By J. M. Wright And Edward Scriven


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Text from this original Halloween article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright John Masey Wright (1777–1866, artist) Edward Scriven (1775–1841, engraver) Adam Cuerden (1979–, restorationist) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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