> Aurora will hold their Hallowe'en Dance on 30th October 1999 > at Logie Durno Hall, near Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.
Ghostie's Jig and Shiftin' Goblins, eh? You must have missed Ferla Mor
(The Big Grey Man) and The Lady of the Lake (alias The Water Kelpie,
which makes it a double-spooky dance).
There are lots and lots of dances with `spooky' titles. In fact, the
other day I picked up a book (_The Green Lady Book_) by the late Barry
Priddey which is all fairies, ghouls, kelpies and such. Maybe we can
make up a list similar to the Burns lists we've had in the past? Feel
free to mail me the titles of your favourite Hallowe'en dances (with
source references, please) and I'll post a summary to the list (or the
In fact, let's have a little competition to make this more of a
challenge. Here are the rules:
1. Dance titles must have a connection to supernatural beings
from some actual culture's myths, fairytales etc. (benign, evil or
otherwise). Recently-invented fictional beings don't count, which
rules out, e.g., the Lord of the Rings collection (sorry Iain).
It is OK to have spooky-sounding titles that refer to actual
people etc. as long as they connect or liken these to the beings
mentioned above (e.g., if there was a dance called `The Skip-Change
Wizard' dedicated to some particular dancer that would be acceptable).
I get to decide which dances do count and which don't; feel free to
explain in your list why any particular dance should be allowed in.
2. Unpublished dances and dances already cited in this posting or Iain's
programme don't count. Please give publication references.
3. Lists to be sent to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
4. Competition closes at noon GMT on Friday, October 29th.
5. The person to come up with the greatest number of dances not also
mentioned by any other competitor will receive a special (pleasant,
I hope) surprise on November 1st.