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    Default Not believing in Halloween?

    I was just at big w. A mum was there with two small children, maybe 5 and 7, when the older boy says he wants a pumpkin lolly holder. You know the type kids take around for trick or treating. The mum snapped at him "we don't believe in Halloween, I don't expect you to understand but we don't".

    To me, while not big in Australia, Halloween seems harmless. I think trick or treating with supervision is ok, and everyone loves dressing up!

    I don't have school aged kids though so maybe I'm more relaxed. What do you think?

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    Default Not believing in Halloween?

    I don't see what's wrong with her saying that.
    Halloween is an American tradition, not the done thing here.
    Just another way to suck consumers in.

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    I would have probably said 'we don't DO Halloween'. but I guess we don't believe in it is kind of the same thing!

    I agree with pp its another way to suck consumers in.

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    It's actully an Irish tradition..Americans just caught onto it..love Halloween!! I wish it was a bigger deal where I live..it was huge where I was brought up (WA)

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    Errr, halloween has a history that goes beyond america and its consumerism..

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    We kind of get into it. DD1 is 7 and loves spooky stuff so we go trick or treating if it suits (ie not midweek just if it's a Saturday). I saw the Halloween lollies at woollies and thought they were a bit over the top. I wouldn't personally snap at a child for asking for one (that's why the shops out them out) and I don't see Halloween as something you "believe" in. Personally I'd prefer not to believe in it given I don't want real ghouls and ghosts hanging around at the end of October each year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsOhara View Post
    I don't see what's wrong with her saying that.
    Halloween is an American tradition, not the done thing here.
    Just another way to suck consumers in.
    I don't agree. Sucking consumers into what? Buying or giving lollies? Hardly comparable to Easter or Christmas I don't think. I see it as a bit of harmless fun dressing up and eating lollies. What kid doesn't like that?

    And yeah I'm in Perth and am amazed how much people get into it here. They really decorate their houses and such. It!s heaps of fun.

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    Maybe they are christians or a religion that doesn't acknowledge it. It is fair enough no to *believe* in it.

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    Default Re: Not believing in Halloween?

    I love Halloween and can't wait until DS is old enough to have lollies and I can take him out

    Also it might be big in America, but it is not "American". Correct me if wrong but I am pretty sure it started in Ireland.

    Either way it's fun to let kids dress up and trick or treat.

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    Default Not believing in Halloween?

    When I was a child there was none of this Halloween attire or merchandise out. I don't understand why people would just decide to start doing it.
    Most people would stare at you blankly if you showed up on their doorstep asking to give your child a treat.

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