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    My nieces school handed out a list of local parents who will open their houses for trick or treaters ( which was quite a few!) so my 13 and 17 year old nieces are taking all the little kids trick or treating and I'm going over to my SIL houses with DS to hand out cool candy to all the kids that knock on her door!

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    I totally don't believe in Halloween as it's another american thing we've taken on but having said that, I will be handing out treats and have bought plenty. Last year I was caught out and it was so embarrasing to have all these kids come to the door and DH and I were hiding out and not answering the door! haha!

    At the end of the day kids deserve a fun day so I don't want to be the grinch that stole Halloween!

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    I have never ever had anyone knock on my door for Halloween, in all my life. Nobody in this country ever used to do this. It was considered an American tradition that had nothing to do with us. And, in my view, that's still the case. Are people suddenly going to knock on doors expecting lollies this year?? When did this start?

    Will we all start celebrating Thanksgiving too?

    I like the sound of the letter. It's a lot better than just having your door knocked on and then being made to feel guilty for letting down someone else's child because you don't keep lollies in your house.

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    In theory though all our traditions are American? ( the commercial ones not the pagan/religious ones) Sitting on Santa's knee asking for presents, easter bunny delivering chocolates, Valentines Day, Mothers and Fathers day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissMuppet View Post
    Our neighbourhood really gets into it and its great fun. The custom here is that outside light on means the house is doing the Halloween thing - turning the light off means don't knock, or we're out of treats.
    Luckily for us our front light has never worked so no one knocks on our door, it's a great incentive to not bother fixing it too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    In theory though all our traditions are American? ( the commercial ones not the pagan/religious ones) Sitting on Santa's knee asking for presents, easter bunny delivering chocolates, Valentines Day, Mothers and Fathers day?
    I think you'll find most of those are actually English.

    And Halloween is a pagan tradition, that's the point of it.

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    Why do people believe Halloween is American? It's simply not true.

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    When i was a child, we went 'trick or treating' with my parents one year & copped 'this isn't bl**dy america' from some people when we knocked on their door asking for lollies. It has only recently become a popular thing in Australia - directly aimed at making a profit & i just honestly don't believe it has a place in Australian culture so we won't be celebrating Halloween.

    My kid's won't completely miss out though - my daughter has a Halloween themed school party she's going to & she's happy with that. Although trick or treaters are closely supervised (or i would hope so) i bet there are other types of 'creeps' who like to take advantage of Halloween as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peoniesarepretty View Post
    I think you'll find most of those are actually English.
    And it was the Irish and Scottish who brought Halloween to America

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