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    Quote Originally Posted by lambjam View Post
    And it was the Irish and Scottish who brought Halloween to America
    Yes, but it has never been celebrated here. I used to live in Scotland and never saw kids trick or treating or people's houses decorated there. These are the things that Americans get very into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambjam View Post
    Why do people believe Halloween is American? It's simply not true.
    I meant the commercial aspect of it is American not the pagan/religious sides

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    Yes, but it has never been celebrated here. I used to live in Scotland and never saw kids trick or treating or people's houses decorated there. These are the things that Americans get very into.
    I guess it depends which part. My DH's entire family come from the outskirts of Glasgow. And they celebrated it. :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by peoniesarepretty View Post
    Yes, but it has never been celebrated here. I used to live in Scotland and never saw kids trick or treating or people's houses decorated there. These are the things that Americans get very into.


    Exactly! I had an Irish neighbour who used to tell me they never trick or treated as kids in Ireland. I agree with you. Americans definitely got into it much more than any other country.

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    Well, there is one house in my street that is decorated here. There are a few people who may do it in Scotland or other parts of the UK too.

    But in America, everyone does it. You're considered weird if you don't decorate your house and go all out.

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    Our school sent a note discouraging it, but also reminding everyone that people who have front lights off usually don't want to partake. And we got a note in the letterbox about kids from the neighbourhood coming around and to leave your light on if you were happy for them to come.

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    I can't wait for our boys to be older to really get into Halloween. If it creates happiness and memories for my children I'm all for it.

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    Our suburb has organised a list of houses who are participating, so there's no risk of unwelcome trick or treating. We've never done it before, but now I can't think of any reasons to say no!

    To me it's irrelevant whether Americans have historically celebrated it more than Australians. That doesn't make it "American".

    Fourth of July is American. Thanksgiving is American. Halloween is completely different.

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    sigh. Happy Halloween.

    Cant we complain about something else now - like how the Christmas stuff was in the shops in September????

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    The whole 'American' debate is so stupid.

    a) Trick or treating and dressing up in costumes for Halloween originated in Ireland a LONG time ago, way before it became popular in America.

    b) Even if we are being influenced by Americans from a commercialised perspective, who cares? It's normal for countries to influence each other, particularly a country like America which we see so much of on television...it's fun. It could be worse

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