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    We got home from holiday yesterday so weren't prepared at all. After a large group of well mannered dressed up kids knocked on our door I felt awful I had nothing for them so ran down to the shops and brought some mini chocolate bars. We had no more trick or treaters after that so now I have 50ish mini chocolate bars to eat. What a pity!!

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    sorry but I just don't agree. it's not teaching anyone a sense of entitlement. it's once a year, as is Christmas and Easter. do kids expects presents/chocolates every day based on the fact they receive these things on 2 holidays per year? no, I didn't think so.

    yes Halloween is pretty commercialized but how many adults really know the real meaning behind it? Christmas and Easter are also terribly commercialized but we still celebrate those holidays.

    I get that it's an American thing and many people might feel like it's not part of our culture. fair enough. but if the little ones get a smile out of it, I can't really see any long term damage being done?

    for those whose budgets can't stretch the extra $5-$10, that's fine! I'm not suggesting someone forgo their weekly milk or bread budget for useless chocolates to distribute to kids down the street. I was just saying for those that can spare the extra cost, it's the same as your morning coffee ie you don't think about it.

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    We didn't get anyone but we don't celebrate it either. Must remember to put a sign up next year JIC

    I'm glad its over for another year. Halloween doesn't sit well with me at all, I personally find it disturbing. Its all very dark and it makes me sad when I see cute little kids dressed up in evil looking outfits and blood all over them, fake knives hanging out their head etc. I just don't get why you would do that.

    No offence to those who participate but that why we don't hand out lollies.

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    If Halloween promotes a sense of entitlement then I guess you wouldnt celebrate christmas or Easter as children would expect to be left chocolates or presents everyday.
    Thats fair enough if you dont want to celebrate it. But i see it as a way to get to know your neighbours, have a chat with them instead of not knowing who lives near you.
    I teach my child not to accept anything or talk to adults they dont know if I am not there, if I am with them then thats ok

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    Halloween is very popular in our estate, we have face painting, trick or treating and then a kids disco and carved pumpkin competition in the community rec house. We usually hand out lollies, chocs & apples to around 35+ kids at home and there would be 50-75 at the disco. Everyone's very well behaved and the kids love it.

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    Default Anyone had trick or treaters visit?

    Just to clarify in regards to the sense of entitlement comment, I was referring to the comment that we should all have chocs just in case.
    It's fine if houses don't have lollies for the kids and the families that go trick or treating need to accept it, not expect it. And yes some do and some don't.
    I should clarify I'm speaking from the experience from working in a school with children who I can say sadly on a whole their attitude towards expecting lollies from houses is less that desirable.
    HOWEVER- As with all holidays it's each for their own and we need to be respectful of that.

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    We handed out some lollipops this year but it depends on if we have kids that are asleep. Other years when DS was younger I've put out a sign saying "No trick or treaters, baby sleeping" and it has always been respected. This year they started at 4.30 and were all done by 5pm so no worries. It's not something I will be encouraging DS to do though.
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    Default Anyone had trick or treaters visit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    I see this comment on here every year.

    Big differences - parents are with kids, kids are dressed up and we only visit houses that are decorated and obviously getting involved.

    Santa is a stranger too. How is Christmas different? We ring the police when someone breaks into our house but once a year a strange man is allowed into our house.
    I'm not saying that's right either.

    I don't actually care who participated in Halloween, I just choose not too so put a polite sign up to say so, different strokes for different folks and all that hey!

    I wasn't being rude, I don't really need to justify my reasons for not participating in Halloween, I don't want my children knocking on people's doors just for lollies, Australian children aren't even educated on what Halloween is about, they're just in it for the lollies, my children know the meaning of Christmas, that's the difference.

    Again, each to their own!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Possie7 View Post
    Just to clarify in regards to the sense of entitlement comment, I was referring to the comment that we should all have chocs just in case.
    It's fine if houses don't have lollies for the kids and the families that go trick or treating need to accept it, not expect it. And yes some do and some don't.
    I should clarify I'm speaking from the experience from working in a school with children who I can say sadly on a whole their attitude towards expecting lollies from houses is less that desirable.
    HOWEVER- As with all holidays it's each for their own and we need to be respectful of that.
    Great post! I totally respect that others celebrate halloween. Its the expectation that I should have to celebrate it that I find annoying. I choose not to celebrate it & that is my choice. You dont really have a right to be 'dissapointed' by my choice not to crlebrate halloween.

    And FTR,I knoe my neighbours really well. I dont need to knock on their door & ask for lollies to 'get to know them', I get to know them through everyday life. I find that MUCH more valuable & we have a great sense of community in ou neighbourhood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kissesforfive View Post
    I'm not saying that's right either.

    I don't actually care who participated in Halloween, I just choose not too so put a polite sign up to say so, different strokes for different folks and all that hey!

    I wasn't being rude, I don't really need to justify my reasons for not participating in Halloween, I don't want my children knocking on people's doors just for lollies, Australian children aren't even educated on what Halloween is about, they're just in it for the lollies, my children know the meaning of Christmas, that's the difference.

    Again, each to their own!
    Sorry i may have been misconstrued. I didn't think you were rude. My personal view is that so many holidays are a bit weird if you analyse them.

    I'm not fussed if people aren't into it. The majority probably aren't. No need to justify reasons for not doing so. But yours was a comment that stuck out as it often appears on here.

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