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    I get really annoyed when people say it's "an American thing".

    Fourth of July is American. Thanksgiving is American. Halloween is no more American than Christmas or Easter.

    I think it's just plain old fun; our last suburb celebrated it spectacularly, with organised trick or treating and maps telling everyone which houses were participating. Dress ups, decorations and yummy treats, I really don't get what's not to like.

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    I've bought a bunch of plastic spiders so if anyone says "trick" we will be leaving a spider for them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly39 View Post
    In trick or treating, children adopt a 'guise' as they dress up as the dead, collecting the offerings meant for the real souls of the dead.
    awful. Sorry but everything about Halloween just gives me the heebie jeebies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambjam View Post
    I get really annoyed when people say it's "an American thing".

    Fourth of July is American. Thanksgiving is American. Halloween is no more American than Christmas or Easter.

    I think it's just plain old fun; our last suburb celebrated it spectacularly, with organised trick or treating and maps telling everyone which houses were participating. Dress ups, decorations and yummy treats, I really don't get what's not to like.

    See that's just it.
    I genuinely don't see the fun in dressing up/decorating my house/or attending a party with a death-related theme.
    Because that's the key ingredient, right? And often the most gruesome versions of it.
    The whole thing didn't tickle my fancy before kids, but since having them (and they are still quite young) , it feels quite icky exposing them to zombies, headless horsemen, bloody vampires and pretty much all the other images I would change the channel for every other day of the year.
    As I said, my kids are still young (4 and 2). They may go on to love Halloween. I guess I'm hoping they find something happier to celebrate!

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    Love love Halloween we celebrate it every year just like Christmas and Easter.

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    So I wasn't really going to say anything about the thread but I just have one comment to make in regards to the celebrating death statement being creepy.

    There are multiple different branches of Paganism, however all of the ones I've encountered (including the one I practice) celebrate death as much as birth. It's part of the circle of life and keeps the balance in the world. Yes it's time for sadness, it's also time for happiness as it means a spirit has entered the world to be reborn into what the Gods deem needful. Sometimes it's a time for great sadness, more so than others, but the statement that celebrating death is creepy makes me very uncomfortable. Everyone must die, the wheel keeps turning, it's just how it is.

    Furthermore, Easter(which IS a "traditional" Aussie celebration, even if it was stolen from Pagans) is also celebrating death and then the rebirth of Jesus.

    So while you may find the zombies and the ghouls and whatnot creepy, please refrain from calling the actual celebration itself and what its for creepy.

    Thats all. Enjoy your day.

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    FFS, don't let your kids be saturated by American tv then It really isn't that hard. And if you do let them watch American tv, then don't moan about them being saturated by American culture.

    What annoys me most about your post is you are missing my point entirely. I have already stated I don't like the gory stuff. I have already said I don't like the over-commercialism of Halloween. The only thing I said was, I love the origins, I find it fascinating. It is a part of my culture (that does not mean we walk around as headless bleeding monsters).

    I also said I have no problem with people not liking it, just that it is not an American tradition. And you said you know it isn't. But there are plenty of comments on this thread that prove that other think it is. So if you know it isn't an American tradition, then the post wasn't directed at you.

    So we basically are in agreement - yet you come in, guns a-blazing all "FFS" -even though I'm not the only one who has said anything about it not being American.

    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    Oh FFS!!!! People GET that Halloween is not an american tradition in origins! But the plastic commercial version of halloween we are adopting in australia atm is not a pagan or wiccan traditional halloween, which is not even the correct time of year! Halloween has been popularised by th American portrayal of American culture In the media, and it is THAT that we see In thd shops and it is THAT americanised 'version' of Halloween that we celebrate. Ask a pagan what they do to celebrate Halloween traditionally, and it would look nothing likewhat has been adopted into australia.
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