"trailing lighted bagies along their street on the end of a string or parking them on the step to warn off the witches."


Turnip lantern
GNU Free Documentation LicenseTurnip lantern - Credit: Geni

In the 1950s Northumberland children were unaware of 'trick-or-treating'. Their Halloween tradition was to scoop out a turnip, cut out a scary face and insert a lighted candle to scare off the witches. Occasionally there would be Halloween parties (usually organised at church halls by the Scout movement) when the kids would bob for apples, trying to catch apples in their teeth from where they were floating in a bowl of water.