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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    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!
    For us, it is a combination of things. I dont like the 'theme' of halloween &celebrating dead souls etc,& the related witches,vampires, zombies,blood and gore - to me,its not appropriate for my children to dress up with 'death-related' themes. Its a bit like that photographer (locked illusions?)who does kids horror photography. Its so creepy. I know they CAN dress up like a fairy or whatever, but at its core, halloween IS about dead souls etc, & I dont feel that is right for my family. It is very dark and ghoulish. I know it is a pagan ritual,but the way we 'celebrate' it here is the disgustingly plastic, junk food filled Americanised version of halloween. I dont love the Americanised,commercialised version. I dont like that I am expected to participate even if I dont want to - something like chinese new year doesnt bring people knocking on my door asking for lollies. And I loathe the 'knock on the door and I'll give you junk food'. It just seems wrong to have kids begging for food. I can afford to buy my kids a treat if I so wish,I wont have them traipsing around the neighbourhood asking our lovely neighbours for food. And I really dont WANT them to get a bag full of sugar laden crappy junk food. We have an obesity crisis as it is. Oh its only halloween once a year, but so are birthdays, Easter, christmas, etc - they all add up to WAY too much junk food. And halloween seems to revolve around the 'candy',especially for trick or treating.

    So there are just a couple of reasons.... lol. I could go on with more,Im a bit of a halloween grinch

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    Funnily enough my kids actually don't eat any of the lollies they collect. We trick or treat after dinner and they aren't allowed to eat and walk. I tell them when we get home I'll sort them out in case any look dodgy.

    Usually they are then so focused on the kids coming to the door and scaring them they forget about their lollies. We still have all of them in the pantry. I've chucked out a lot.

    I love ghouls, ghosts, anything frightening and so do my kids. My eldest was so blood splattered we're still getting it off her today.

    Each to their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    Funnily enough my kids actually don't eat any of the lollies they collect. We trick or treat after dinner and they aren't allowed to eat and walk. I tell them when we get home I'll sort them out in case any look dodgy.

    Usually they are then so focused on the kids coming to the door and scaring them they forget about their lollies. We still have all of them in the pantry. I've chucked out a lot.

    I love ghouls, ghosts, anything frightening and so do my kids. My eldest was so blood splattered we're still getting it off her today.

    Each to their own.
    I totally respect others right to celebrate halloween, just ad I have the rigt to not celebrate. As for throwing away lollies,I would find it really hard to walk around asking people to give me something that I would then throw away,but I am really really mindful about wastefulness in our society & my own life,so I try hard not to be a part of the 'throw away' over use of resources.

    As for ghouls & blood, you would probably love Locked Illusions photography!

    http://www.theniftycupcake.com/2013/10/locked-illusions-photographic-artistry.html?m=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    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!
    For us it's because we're Catholic and it's not a Christian festival. Don't mind what others do though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MillieMollyMandy View Post
    For us it's because we're Catholic and it's not a Christian festival. Don't mind what others do though!
    My husband is Irish and Halloween is huge in Ireland. And they're pretty much 99% Catholics in Ireland too. My mil sends over heaps of Halloween stuff every year from Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    My husband is Irish and Halloween is huge in Ireland. And they're pretty much 99% Catholics in Ireland too. My mil sends over heaps of Halloween stuff every year from Ireland.
    Interesting, I didn't know that. I don't really know of many Catholics in Australia who observe it, maybe were just behind the times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MillieMollyMandy View Post
    Interesting, I didn't know that. I don't really know of many Catholics in Australia who observe it, maybe were just behind the times!
    Well not many people know that Halloween originated in pagan Ireland, they just think it originated in USA and that's it.

    Here's an article about it. If you scroll down to the bit that says Irish holiday, it gives some information.

    http://www1.cbn.com/the-pagan-roots-of-halloween

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    Quote Originally Posted by MillieMollyMandy View Post
    Interesting, I didn't know that. I don't really know of many Catholics in Australia who observe it, maybe were just behind the times!
    I don't think it's behind the times.
    The catholic church doesn't celebrate halloween although it may be christian. For me halloween has a non christian religious meaning and the bible doesn't mention halloween hence why I don't celebrate it.

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    Does the bible mention christmas or easter as celebrations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    Does the bible mention christmas or easter as celebrations?
    I was about to mention something similar - but there are religious meanings to both Christmas and Easter - but if you do Santa and Eater eggs/bunnies well then that has nothing to do with the bible.

    Halloween is not something I ever 'did' mainly becuase noone I know does. If DS wants to do it I will not stop him.

    Finally I kinda like what the original pagan celebrations of Halloween/Easter are about.

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