We personally love Halloween, our friends are doing up their whole house to be a haunted house, it's been 2 months prep, lots of styrofoam, spray paint and black cloth. We will take the kids to the Trunk or Treat in the afternoon, then drop them off to a babysitter and hit the Haunted House.
I don't like random kids I've never met coming unsupervised to our door though, we put a lot of work into events for the kids in our family and circle so they have a better option. I was going to get together with local parents and do a function for our street, but Haunted House has won me over.
I've never once had anyone knock on my door on Halloween. I don't know anyone who goes trick or treating, and rarely see children out doing it. I did go to some awesome Halloween parties in my twenties though!
even I'm dressing up with the kids this yr. ds5 bday is a week before halloween, he is more excited about halloween than he is about his bday. and we dont go all out.
I use to be against it as it was 'an america thing not aussie' but then I realised what is the harm the kids don't think about the history of it they just see dressing up and lollies.
I don't think buying the fancy lolly jars are a good idea, as it is a waste for one night. We get wrapped lollies for the kids here like mini mars bars and such.
It doesnt bother me, but there is no need to snap at kids like that.
ETA the season is wrong, if you're talking about pagan roots - we wouldn't celebrate samhain around October 31st, it'd be in April. Y'know , pumpkins, last of the harvest and all that. Obviously the holiday as it is celebrated now, in Australia, on Oct 31st has everything to do with USA modern traditions & consumerism. Not that there's anything horribly wrong with that if it is your cup of tea!
Last edited by BornToBe; 17-10-2012 at 17:30.
I always wished I could celebrate Halloween when I was a kid! Compensated in my teens by having horror movie nights & dress up parties instead. (nostalgic sigh)
Other than horror movies we've never done anything for Halloween simply because we never have before. That may change as DS gets older and it becomes even more common.
Last edited by ChickyBee; 17-10-2012 at 18:24.
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