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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01-11-2015 09:49 #61
01-11-2015 09:56 #62
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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01-11-2015 10:14 #63Senior Member
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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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01-11-2015 10:25 #64
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.
01-11-2015 10:30 #65
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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01-11-2015 11:55 #66
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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01-11-2015 20:17 #69
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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02-11-2015 10:12 #70
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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