In October, I really start to notice that the days are getting shorter. It’s still dark in the morning when I get out of bed and I have to turn the lights on earlier and earlier in the evening. At the end of October, we put the clocks back one hour so we get more light in the morning but then it gets dark even earlier in the evening.
The weather gets cooler and it can be wet and windy. Sometimes we have a few days of unusually warm and sunny weather and this is called an Indian summer. The leaves on the trees change colour from green to beautiful shades of yellow, orange, red and brown. October is also a good month to see mushrooms and toadstools. You can collect these to cook and eat at home as long you know what you are doing. Some mushrooms are poisonous so it’s important to be careful.
The last day of the month is Hallowe’en. Children dress up in fancy-dress costumes. They pretend to be witches, ghosts, scary monsters and other spooky things. Sometimes they knock on neighbours’ doors and ask for sweets. They say, “Trick or treat!” which means “give me a treat or I’ll play a trick on you”. The trick could be covering the letter box with sticky tape or throwing toilet paper all over your garden. I hate Hallowe’en! I usually turn out the lights at the front of the house and pretend I’m not at home. Usually nobody comes to my house but one time, somebody threw an egg at my door because I didn’t answer!
This is part of a series about a year in England. You can read about September here.
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