Hop-Tu-Naa

Being Manx, when I was a kid we didn't have Halloween we had Hop-Tu-Naa which, coincidentally, was on 31 October. Etymologically Hop-Tu-Naa like Hogmanay is supposed to derive from the gaelic for New Years Eve but really I think it comes from the Manx for demanding money with menaces.

 

Hop-Tu-Naa

Hop-Tu-Naa

Jinny the Witch is in your house

Give us a penny we'll chase her out

Hop-Tu-Naa

Hop-Tu-Naa

 

And of course our lanterns were turnips (or swedes as the outside world calls them) not that strange exotic fruit the pumpkin which we couldn't have bought even if we could have afforded it.

 

 

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Taken on October 31, 2009