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Thread #110753 Message #2968590
Posted By: GUEST,fransmission
19-Aug-10 - 09:45 AM
Thread Name: kids' game: I'm goin' down town to smoke my pipe
Subject: RE: kids' game: I'm goin' down town to smoke my pipe
In my previous post, referring to Talbotville, Ontario, I forgot to mention that it wasn't always a food name that the captured children were given. The "witch" would pick any category that suited her, e.g., colour, pie, fruit, then give each child a name from it. The returning "mother" would eventually be given the category (after the "street" segment, I thnk), and she would then guess until she got one correct. When she called out a correct name, the appropriate child would run from the witch; the mother and witch would both try to catch it. If the witch caught the child, it had to go back and be given another name. The child would be "homefree" if caught by the mother.
The game was a lot of fun, if confusing to me, because of my young age at the time. I had searched for this a couple of years ago, but no results. I'm so glad to have found this site! Thanks for all the work involved.