As it was originally a pagan festival and has a massive spiritual aspect with the thinning of the veil between this world and the spirit world and all the ghosts and all that there is a lot for people to not believe in. Maybe the mother had been pestered about it all day and that was the last straw and that was why she snapped?
For me personally, I dislike the fact that the meaning behind the line 'trick or treat' is basically one of blackmail. If you dont give us a treat we will play tricks on you. And the only children that did it in my last neighbourhood fully subscribed to this meaning. A lot of houses and cars got egged which wasnt really fair since no one trick or treats in the area till these kids decided to do it one year. No one would have thought to have candy. We gave the kids money to get rid of them.
I love ghosts and ghouls and the spirit world so I love that aspect of it and there is nothing wrong with dressing up and having fun. To each thier own.
We all know that it's NOT an American thing right?
We all know that its origins are Celtic and actually has both pagan and christian roots???
Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.
My two little Irish Catholic kiddos will be dressed as a ghost and a pumpkin and knocking on doors where people have displayed their willingness to participate. Its HUGE in our suburb. Loads of Celts. Lucky us!
I never said there was a problem with what the lady I saw in Big W said....she has every right to believe what she likes and teach her children these beliefs. I do not know about her day, I don't know that her son hadn't had this explained 100 times, nor that she may have had a headache....any number of things! It simply brought to my attention a negative attitude towards Halloween I thought it might be fun to discuss what others thought. I did, however, feel like not believing in Halloween was an odd way to put it.
In the original post it doesn't say I Judged or disagreed with her, I'm not sure why some have inferred that
I do wonder if this thread is about me... Only mild differences in what happened..lol
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i'd take halloween over christmas or easter any day!!
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