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    We don't celebrate halloween, don't like it, not our thing. It's American and Australian children aren't educated on Halloween at school whereas christmas and Easter are different, my children do know the meaning.

    There is a notice board in town and every year people register their addresses if they are participating in halloween so those that do participate know what houses they are welcome at and those of us that don't can be left alone.

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    It's not American. It's been taken over by Americans (like Christmas some would argue) but its roots are not American.

    I'm fine with my kids just participating in something because, you know, it's fun. Not everything has to be an educational experience in my opinion.

    And my kids wouldn't have a clue about the roots of Christmas or Easter as they are not taught it in school. Flame me now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoThisIsLove View Post
    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.
    Yep, I'm also not a fan of Halloween for the same reason. I'm not religious at all, but the occult connotations of Halloween make me very uneasy. I find the scary, gory costumes disturbing, especially when little children are involved. (I know not all costumes are like this, but the ones that are just make me feel too icky). Real life is scary enough, and there are enough nasty things in the world already, without celebrating them.

    Now, if it were just an occasion for dressing up as fun, non-scary things and collecting lollies, I'd happily join in!

    ETA: We just left our front lights off this year- combined with our long, steep driveway, it meant we didn't have any trick or treaters.
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    We ended up having another few groups, all in costume and very polite. I actually ended up really enjoying giving out the chocolates and seeing the happiness on the kids faces. Dd also seemed to delight in all the kids running by.

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    Any excuse for fun with friends and neighbours IMO!

    We got dressed up, trick or treated up and down the street, and as we weren't home, left out our jack o lanterns and a bowl of chocolates for kids to help themselves.

    I think it's the perfect opportunity to turn strangers into friends.
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    Previously (ie pre kids) I'd always thought Halloween was kinda naff blah blah but this year we went with a group of friends and I realised something, regardless of it being American or whatever, it was really good for community. It was great to see neighbours all talking and smiling. It kinda really surprised me how unifying it was to share something with the people we live so close to but never really even talk to. My parents (nearly 70) have never participated and have always been totally against things like it actually participated and also really enjoyed having neighbourhood kids drop by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyla View Post
    Previously (ie pre kids) I'd always thought Halloween was kinda naff blah blah but this year we went with a group of friends and I realised something, regardless of it being American or whatever, it was really good for community. It was great to see neighbours all talking and smiling. It kinda really surprised me how unifying it was to share something with the people we live so close to but never really even talk to. My parents (nearly 70) have never participated and have always been totally against things like it actually participated and also really enjoyed having neighbourhood kids drop by.
    I so agree with this comment. I think a lot of people focus on the wrong thing when it comes to things like Halloween. I see it as my kids getting to do something fun, my kids are taught to say thankyou for any chocolates or lollies they get off people. It's just fun. I'm not religious in any way, but I have one child who is interested in God and Jesus, I am not going to tell her she can't believe in them just because I don't. I don't care about the meanings behind Christmas, Halloween or whatever else, I just think its fun for the kids and I do supervise mine when they go trick or treating, but it gets them out and mixing with the community

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    @rainbow road sooooo cute!

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    Default Anyone had trick or treaters visit?

    Whilst we don't generally do Halloween in our house (despite it being big in Ireland where my husband is from) I don't know why people are against it so much. Is it the commercialisation? In Australia, we celebrate many things from other cultures, I don't see the difference. Chinese New Year, St Patrick's Day, Halloween. Whatever!

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    I have no interest in Halloween.

    In my suburb there is an unofficial Halloween 'committee' who walk the streets the day before and place a balloon in each letterbox. Households that wish to participate blow the balloon up and attach it to their letterbox. Those without a balloon get left alone. It works well


 

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