Blown pig bladders were the weapon of choice for mummers in the 1800s. And raucous parading janneys were a common threat over Christmas. Things have changed since then when acts of violence led to an official legislative ban on mummering. First up, it’s Folklorist Joy Fraser introducing a remarkable collection of archival discoveries based on legal documents that shed new light on how mummering was carried out in the 1800s. Following this, Ryan Davis offers a history of the hobby horse--mummering’s hooded holiday beast. From the UK to Newfoundland, these menacing creatures have been terrifying children (and adults!) for centuries.