Halloween: No good for anyone; discuss

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  1. Gorshin2.0

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    I am totally against halloween. My reasons are:

    1. Children may believe that the notion of begging/bribing/threatening behaviour is acceptable even for adults (remember it is often parents who encourage it).

    2. Encourages the misuse of fireworks (something else that should be banned).

    3. Increased risk to normal people who use the streets for walking or running (like me). Would you feel safe going out for a walk tonight????

    4. Old people and pets can feel threatened/scared.

    5. Increased risk of criminal damage to you or your property (ie. the 'trick')

    6. It's an American marketing ploy. People I know are buying treats to get people to go away.

    7. How is it cool to celebrate witchcraft?

    Now tell me I'm wrong!
     
  2. Steven

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    a) They're all pre-pfsjbic 13 year olds
    b) They'd all know better than approach an 18 year old who towers over them
     
  3. stu mcc

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    In America I believe if there is no porch light on they know to pass you by, this is just another one of those things that we may dislike but can't be reversed now.

    Stu.
     
  4. Gorshin2.0

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    Bit like Nov 5th then
     
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    i like 5th november
     
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    as i grow older i see the negative side of it, but when i was younger i looked forward to it every year and our tricks were never mailicous.....come to think of it i dont think we ever did a trick
     
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    Ok an organised display is just ok. What about the 2 weeks of fireworks beforehand? How many pets or people get injured through this total waste of money? Also, what's the point of celebrating the near total collapse of this country's democratic system? I just don't see the point of it. At all.
     
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    the people who let them off weeks before ruin it. i also beleive anyone caught missusing them such as throwing them should be prossecuted properly, and not just a slap on the wrist.
     
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    ive never been trick or treating. just had a few knock on the door. even though they shouldnt be able to get into the block of flats. none of them have done a trick yet.
     
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    just had a trick or treater, all he wore was a mask. harldy qualifies for fancy dress, what has happened to effort these days
     
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    Just had a few, didn't even bother to open the door.

    Any suggestions for witty comments to make them go away?!
     
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    Are you actually against Halloween or just trick-or-treating? :confused:
     
  13. Gorshin2.0

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    Both clearly
     
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    depends on how rough the kids in your area are!
     
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    go to hell :devil:
     
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    One of my favourite times of the year :thumbsup:

    I Think it's great having all the local kids dressing up and coming in and telling jokes/singing songs/reciting scary poems for a nice litlle bag of goodies and some cash.

    Enter into the spirit of the occasion you bunch of miserable err people :)
     
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    I never been trick or treating nore like the notion of it. I dont mind Halloween I think its fun to dress up and watch a few horror movies.

    here's my costume:

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    I had a few alternatives but decided to go for the part 3 Jason.

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    Already scared off a load of kids and some townines in a parked car.
     
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    the kids of North London, would really burst your bubble!! jokes, singing songs, scary poems -they barely mumble "trick or treat"
     
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    We don't get "trick or treat" up here we get "would you like to help the guisers" :thumbsup: To which the reply is always certainly would :smashin:
     
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    Some kids don't even make an effort...just come in their hoodies...I'll tell 'em to get lost....they know I know they just make empty threats
     
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    Only the Brits could have a day which celebrates someone failing to do something. If Guy Fawkes had succeeded in blowing up the Houses of Parliament, that would have been cause for celebration :D

    Apparently Halloween stems from the Irish, who on "all saints eve" (Hallowed Eve) in Ireland would visit each others houses in the villages to collect for the coming feast. Jack-O'-Lanterns were scooped out of turnips with skull-like faces carved into them. When the Irish migrated to America they took the traditions with them, but turnips were hard to find in America, so they hollowed out pumpkins to make lanterns.
     
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    To be honest- I am becoming a hate all days like this- even Christmas!!

    Halloween, Nov 5th, Xmas, Easter etc etc- its all commercialised nonsense if you ask me!!
     
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    A friend of mine handed out laxative laced eclairs one year which has reduced the number of return visits since.
    I'm with Adrenochrome on this one, last night the suprisingly small number of visits I did get, were from kids in some pretty elaborate costumes (I remember being told that one of the women in my street works for the theatre as a make up artist and it showed). They were polite unthreatening and seemed happy enough with the various confectionary I bought over the weekend.
     
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    Didn’t get a single trick or treater last night and usually we get them before Halloween. I can only think that my local kids were to busy playing with fireworks. :rolleyes:
    Strangely this year there seems to be a load of fireworks round here that work better in broad daylight! Well that must be the case seeing as they are setting them off all day as well as all night long. :eek:

    Got nothing against Halloween where I used to live the local kids where quite pleasant and we new lots of our neighbours! Round there people used to only go to the houses of people they know. We used to decorate our porch with pumpkins, spiders, bats and such things. :) We would have friends around and to vodka apple bobbing and stuff! :devil:

    Not in my current neighbourhood I would be more likely to give the little chavs cyanide sweets and save the country some money on future welfare cheques. :devil: :devil:
     
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    I prefer Halloween to November 5th; kids may get an upset stomach but won't get their faces blown off. I think we should encourage it in favour of bonfire night. Some people may say it's not good because of the association with witches and ghosts etc. but sooner that than watching the burning of an effigy of Guy Fawkes.
    I suppose it depends too on what the kids are like where you live. If they are real horrors for Halloween then they are probably just as bad for bonfire night, and the days before and after it.
     
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    we had some 15 year olds who i told to **** off. the little kiddies looked fab though and were great.

    i dont really like doing it as its not one of our traditions but i cant bear to see the little ones looking so sad.

    I do think it funny that the only excercise british kids get is to go out get more free chocolate - there's some irony there somewhere.
    Gary
     
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    I just ignore every knock at the door on the 31st October as I disagree with this completely. There was no such thing as trick or treat when I was a lad (around here anyway) and I think it's just another American thing that's been adopted.
    It's fine to tell your kids not to talk to strangers and don't accept anything from strangers and the next minute parents are letting them go and knock on doors of complete strangers to ask for sweets :eek:
     
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    Yeah, it's terrible ! These stupid occasions for kids to have a bit of fun, dear oh dear, I had to spend a few quids for sweets, really hurt me that.

    I know I know it's not an English tradition, and yeah some kids are cheeky (they're kids remember) but is it worth being grumpy about instead of cheerful and play the game ?
    Kids thoroughly enjoy dressing up and pretending to scare people, if the only thing Halloween brings is some smiles on kids' faces then I'm quite happy for it.
     
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    I was out taking my dog (big Staff) for a walk last night and saw some kids trick or treating with their parents. One of the parents said to me as they passed "trick or treat mister" in a friendly way so I replied "I reckon my Hound Of The Baskerville trumps your gaggle of goblins" and we had a good chuckle.

    That is the nearest I've ever come to enjoying Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas, Easter or any of the other "traditional" (not my bloody tradition!) waste's of day's we "celebrate"! Oh and by the way, yes my family do call me The Grinch!!! Hee hee hee!
     
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    I gave a load of trick sweets out one year. :rotfl: Some where very hot others turned their mouth blue. They had a treat and I got to trick them. :D

    With regards to fireworks I personally feel stricter rules should be applied to the selling of these. I have a cousin who every year has a firework fight with mates and others that live in his area (Leeds). :suicide: They launch rockets at each other etc. No one has been hurt yet but it only takes the once. :nono:
     

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