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    Default THIS is why I hate Halloween!

    Lol I think it's silly how the kids expect things even though they aren't dressed up, it's sad really lol. I bought some chocolates just in case and I live in the quietest little sleepy town of probably 30 houses max and a little primary school. Half hr from town thinking that a couple may door knock but to my surprise there was kids that don't live here but trick or treating in the area was odd. They walked straight past my house too lol so didn't need the chocolates after all. There was a group of about 6 kids one in a costume who was probably 5 yr old and then saw a group of about 10 kids in costume. Next yr when bub is born we will probably get more involved with the idea of celebrations like decorating for special days and doing special things but this yr I can't be bothered lol. I don't mind the idea of trick or treating in our little area but in a big city would not be ideal and if my future child wants to do it I would just take kid to houses I knew the ppl and would give a heads up first before I rocked up.

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    i love halloween (but then my family is american so i grew up with it).
    but you have to dress up, the rule is only visit houses with decorations or porch lights on, and no vandalism is allowed.

    the origins of trick or treat were actually that the children had to perform a trick (like a song, dance, recite a poem etc.) in order to receive a treat but over the year it has morphed into 'give me a treat or i will play a trick'.

    even then, it is meant to be for people who refuse to give treats - hence if you don't answer your door it doesn't count.

    but it does suck that a few spoil it for the rest. i went to a great community gathering tonight with lots of local kids (and we live rural so it's rare) and they loved it.
    as for halloween in australia, it is originally an irish tradition, taken to america with the pilgrims and it has been in australia for many, many years (just not in shops or commercialised).
    if you celebrate easter or christmas (both taken from pagan festivals) then halloween isn't really that different.

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    Sassy, if it was egg, wash it off asap. When the sun hits it you wont get it off without stripping your paint.

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    I heard of someone mentioning tonight at a dinner, they will be giving out home made toffee ''onions''.. instead of apples.. LOL. imagine the suprise the person who bites them will get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    well that's what trick or treat means. No treat means they play a trick on you, and the definition of what trick is, can be pretty open to interpretation unfortunately.
    Umm pretty sure that behaviour has nothing to do with that. Sounds like a teenager having a tantrum over not getting lollies.

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    Ack! Leave the dogs outside to scare them off? Little buggers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by halloweendee View Post
    as for halloween in australia, it is originally an irish tradition, taken to america with the pilgrims and it has been in australia for many, many years (just not in shops or commercialised).
    if you celebrate easter or christmas (both taken from pagan festivals) then halloween isn't really that different.
    Really?! Halloween was originally an irish tradition, not american? That is brand new information that hasn't been repeated 50 times in the halloween thread!

    Ouch, I think I just broke my sarcasm

    Honestly though, I dont remember the last time someones property was vandalised because they didn't give lollies to strangers at xmas or easter so...no, its not the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broomdyke View Post
    Lol I think it's silly how the kids expect things even though they aren't dressed up, it's sad really lol.
    I have to agree - surely the most fun part should be dressing up in costumes?

    The only trick or treaters who knocked on our door last night were a bunch of very little kids. DH answered the door and he said none of them were dressed up! We were prepared with a big bowl of fun size chocolate bars and lollypops. DH told them to take a couple and one kid tried to take about 15 pieces!

    Sassy, that sucks big time about your DP's car. I'd be really sour too

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    Quote Originally Posted by WineTime View Post
    Really?! Halloween was originally an irish tradition, not american? That is brand new information that hasn't been repeated 50 times in the halloween thread!

    Ouch, I think I just broke my sarcasm

    Honestly though, I dont remember the last time someones property was vandalised because they didn't give lollies to strangers at xmas or easter so...no, its not the same.
    thought it might be worth repeating (agreed, for the 50th time) as some people still keep referring to it as a hallmark-money inspired-satanic-american holiday that shouldn't be celebrated in australia

    and honestly, if you don't like halloween don't participate. don't buy lollies, don't dress up, don't answer your front door on halloween evening or put up a sign saying 'no trick-or-treaters please'

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    Quote Originally Posted by halloweendee View Post
    thought it might be worth repeating (agreed, for the 50th time) as some people still keep referring to it as a hallmark-money inspired-satanic-american holiday that shouldn't be celebrated in australia

    and honestly, if you don't like halloween don't participate. don't buy lollies, don't dress up, don't answer your front door on halloween evening or put up a sign saying 'no trick-or-treaters please'

    And when people do as you suggest and still get vandalised by little sods 'celebrating' their proud irish traditions, what then?

    Thats the part that ****es me off.


 

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