Guising and Tumshies!


Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Homework, Inter-Disciplinary Learning | Posted on 29-10-2013

Today, we found out facts about Hallowe’en in Scotland.

  • Long, long ago, people believed that witches, ghosts and skeletons came out on Auld Hallow’s Eve. That is where the word Hallowe’en comes from.
  • People used to disguise themselves by wearing masks or dressing up. That is where the word “guising” comes from.
  • In America, people go trick or treating, but in Scotland the tradition is to go guising.
  • Children go to friends and neighbours houses and say, “Please help the guisers!” In return for telling a joke or singing a little song, the children may be given some apples, nuts or sweeties.
  • In America, people carve pumpkins to make lanterns, but in Scotland, the tradition is to use a turnip. A lantern made from a turnip is called a “Tumshie.”

We made little joke books this afternoon to use if we want to go guising at Hallowe’en.

For homework, the children have been asked to practise telling their jokes to grown-ups or use the jokes if they are out guising. Don’t forget to say, “Please help the guisers!”

We are also having a competition to design the best tumshie…… sheet in schoolbags.

Can’t wait to see the finished designs! Please return to school when complete. 🙂



Comments (2)

Love all the hallowe’en activities. The jokes were brilliant!

James told me all about guising and tumshies. Very interesting and great jokes too.