Halloween!

Jaime - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 56 moms have responded )

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Just wondering what everyone's opinions of Halloween are??

I saw a patient the other day (I am a visiting nurse), I mentioned getting ready for Halloween, and he proceeded ti tell me no he turns his lights off and doesn't agree with Halloween. He said for 1. with the way the economy/unemployment is right now people shouldn't have to buy candy for other people. 2ndly he said there are too many crazy people out there they could be injecting the candy with drugs??? 3rdly he thinks Halloween should just be cancelled. I was pretty much flabergasted and didn't even know what to say to him after that.

I am sure every parent out there triple checks all halloween candy prior to the kids eating it, with the economy really bad for some families this is a special treat and tons of fun for the kids.

Any thoughts on this???

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I think the people who are all bitter about Halloween are just mad that when they were little, they didn't get halloween but now their kids do lol it's ok you know, your kids are supposed to have a more fun and eventful life than you lived, don't go gettin all bitchified just cause your parents didn't let you get dressed up and go have fun :P

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Lindsay - posted on 11/04/2009

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Quoting Jodi:

We have different things we dress up for here in Australia. It's not that anyone is "bitter", it just shits me that it is purely a commercial motivation here.

After all, I think half the country had a holiday, dressed up to the nines, and got stupid drunk for a horse race a couple of days ago, LOL. I'm thinking no other country in the world gives much of a shit about that either :) That's a tradition we observe. I don't expect that because we observe it the rest of the world should.



Since I live in Kentucky, we have the Kentucky Derby which is HUGE here!

Mel - posted on 11/04/2009

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Quoting Esther:



Quoting Melissa:



 






[ ] I was one of the kids when i was younger who kept knocking and knocking when I could hear people inside. [ ]










I guess karma has come back to bite you then.






haha yeah apparently, but after hearing about the whole turning the porch light off thing I still think it would be nice if those rules applied in australia to

Jodi - posted on 11/04/2009

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Here, they call the public holiday "Family and Community Day"....... so you can go off and bet on a horse race, LOL :). Go figure.....



When I lived in Victoria, I used to work Cup Day and we'd take Oaks Day off and go to the races then instead. That was fun!!

Charlie - posted on 11/04/2009

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Not me though :( second year in a row pregnant for MC and i didnt win .LOL

Charlie - posted on 11/04/2009

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Thats right Melbourne cup Jodi , dress up , get blind drunk , win money . thats our last public holiday hahaha.

Jodi - posted on 11/04/2009

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We have different things we dress up for here in Australia. It's not that anyone is "bitter", it just shits me that it is purely a commercial motivation here.



After all, I think half the country had a holiday, dressed up to the nines, and got stupid drunk for a horse race a couple of days ago, LOL. I'm thinking no other country in the world gives much of a shit about that either :) That's a tradition we observe. I don't expect that because we observe it the rest of the world should.

?? - posted on 11/04/2009

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HOLY CRAP ON A STICK ! I think hell just froze over!! We're doooooooooooomed!!!!!!!!!!!



lol just playinnnnnnnn! Hey, at least we can agree on the 'pointless' shit, right!?!! ;)

Francesca - posted on 11/03/2009

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when i was younger we always went trick or treating, had fun dressing up and seeing how many sweets we would get (and money lol)

this year we had my stepsons round, they have never been or celebrated halloween with their mother, so we decided to take them.they were so excited, just seeing their little faces was so amazing. its all about the kids.

mind you what does annoy me is when you get the older children who dont dress up and who knock on your door really late.

Esther - posted on 11/02/2009

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Quoting Melissa:


 



[ ] I was one of the kids when i was younger who kept knocking and knocking when I could hear people inside. [ ]






I guess karma has come back to bite you then.

Jaime - posted on 11/01/2009

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Forgot to add, I love seeing all the different costumes people come up with. Plus the little ones are just to darn cute!!!!

Jaime - posted on 11/01/2009

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OK Deb- you we can do a house swap. You come and enjoy a long cold Canadian winter and I will ENJOY a hot, snowless one.

Debbie - posted on 11/01/2009

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I'm an Aussie and the last few years my kids have dressed up and I have taken them out trick or treating. Ok they don't understand the reasons behind it, but they enjoy coming up with thier own costumes and helping their lil brother and neice dress up too. I walk around with them and I have taught them to be polite and dont pester the people who don't want to join in, understandably it is not our tradition. This year my kids didnt do it as my hubby and I went out to a Halloween party ourselves. It was just a fancy dress party in disguise but it was alot of fun and we enjoyed ourselves.

I for one would love to embrace the tradition, I think it would be so much fun! Having the little kiddies coming around and seeing all the costumes. Here in Aust I dont think we do alot together as a community. For e.g. at Christmas time we dont have carolers walking around (probably cause it's too hot) but we tend to celebrate within our own groups. I just think the whole community getting together celebrating stuff would be awesome. We would love to live in the states for a couple of years to experience the holiday traditions and the different seasons. I would love a white Christmas, instead of a stinking hot, sweaty and full of flies one lol. Then again I would probably miss it.

Sharon - posted on 11/01/2009

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UH OH!!! LOL. That happened one year. OOPS. One time a man tried to "swap" candies with them. That irked my youngest to no end.

Lindsay - posted on 11/01/2009

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The kids had an absolute blast last night! I was exhausted from our cookout before we even headed out but they had their second burst of energy! We left out about 5:30 and got home around 9 and crashed.



I did have to get on to my "sweet Madeline" one time as see came from a door pouting. She was saying that the little boy giving out the candy took a piece from her bucket instead of putting one and and proceeded to yell up the driveway, "Thanks for nothing!" That was our cue to start heading back because we knew they weren't going to last much longer!

Sharon - posted on 11/01/2009

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I haven't heard from my oldest yet but the younger two had a blast.



We carefully follow Halloween protocol. Only the houses with lights on. And usually only those with some sort of Halloween decoration.



I got home late from Tucson last night - well late for trick or treating anyway. But hubby had taken the kids over to Bisbee to see his mom and hit a few of the neighbors houses. I cooled my heels here waiting for them to get back.



We hit one house where, before the kids could even knock a voice greeted them by name - and it scared the crap out of them. Well greeted them by their costume characters. Optimus Prime & Princess Jasmine. That was pretty funny.



At another house, A lady answered the door and was talking to the kids and dropping a piece here and a piece there into their bags when I see a guy leap out of a chair in another room, zoom of view and back into view, he careens into the foyer, crashes into a table, plunges both hands into a dish and comes up dribbling candy everywhere, rushes to the door, yelling,..... "DON'T LET HER LIE TO YOU!!! WE HAVE CANDY!!!!" and PLONK half fills their little bags with his double handfulls. ROTFL. I could hear her giving him the holy what for as we left.



Another house they direct you to a side gate and you wander a mini maze in their backyard where zombies leap out and hollar to scare you, through the house and out the front where you get your candy. Pretty cool. Hubby walked them to that one so I didn't see inside the house.



We had a fun time.

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Quoting Loureen:

all the costumes i have seen today have been crotch skimming dresses of either police, prisoners, witches , fairies , schoolgirls , and milkmaids .............oh and an army dress where you could see the undies and they had printed ARMY on them .


Those are called "duck skirts"......



.short enough to see her quack.

Kate CP - posted on 10/31/2009

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My hole family is exhausted. But, my kiddo had a ball. She went dressed as an equestrian. :)

The only sad thing is about 1/2 of her haul was taffy or chewy candies and she can't have those because of her fake tooth. One good chomp into a taffy and it'll pop right out and probably damage the surrounding teeth. But we managed to replace the not good treats with some good ones. So she's happy. Actually, she's asleep at this point...but she'll be happy tomorrow. :)

Traci - posted on 10/31/2009

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Allright...my little Batgirls and Batman are all tuckered out from their night of trick or treating....fun fun fun! Now bring on Santa and some Bing! woo hoo! :)

Chantel - posted on 10/31/2009

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I just took Breanna out a couple of hours ago!! I love Halloween!! (Canadian here) We didn't even trick or treat really since she's so young she doesn't need any candy. We just took her around in her costume to show her off. She was a pink poodle!! Adorable:) She loved it!! All the kids and decorations. She's fearless and is just curious about everything. She laughed at the decorations that are supposed to be scary!!! It was great. Can't wait till next year!!

Mel - posted on 10/31/2009

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Quoting Diana:



Quoting Loureen:




Quoting Diana:

lol! What DO you guys get up to for fun?







Beach , Beers , BBQ LOL .








 








I think for most Australians its the fact that the celebration of halloween is NOT a celebration for the right reasons its just high flying supermarket execs just finding another way to make people spend more cash at their stores and while everyone should have the freedom to celebrate whatever holiday they choose Halloween is a little more intrusive on those who do not celebrate it and as Erin said earlier in Australia people do not know the "rules" of halloween ( porch light yes , no porch light NO or verandah as we Aussies call it ) there are just children running around knocking on anyones door .








 








I for one love the idea of dressing up for halloween and have been to many halloween parties but they were confined to one place , i guess pretty much a fancy dress but scary .








 








 










Hooray, sounds like my kinda day!






To be fair, I went and checked because I didn't realize Melissa is Australian, and in that context her comment makes more sense. I was working off an assumption that she was either American or Canadian for some reason-probably just my dumb nationalist impulse creeping out to make an ass of me. =)






It makes more sense to be annoyed by it in a place where it is not tradition, or a place where the tradition is just beginning (thank you, commercialism.) But I guess just because I always wanted to go as a kid and never got to, I can't imagine being annoyed by it and sort of live vicariously through the kids I see. lol






i think it would be fantastic if the whole turning out the porch light worked. but we had our lights off the whole time last night, i had never heard of that over here. I was one of the kids when i was younger who kept knocking and knocking when I could hear people inside. And yes healf the people dont wear costumes. If Id remembered to buy lollies I may have answered the door early on. We were lucky no one came to my mums house when i was growing up as she has a gate around her house. I think now that I have a toddler its more the reason I want to be left alone, shes a very light sleeper , cant even open her door even though the radio is on, and when someone knocks on the door in nap time she wakes and she screams for about half an hour cause shes tired and wont go back to sleep. So I prefer for people to just leave us be. That and cause we're australians, and that is what alot of people told us when they answered the door when we were kids to, that they are not Americans and close the door

Kate CP - posted on 10/31/2009

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I *love* Halloween. But then again, I don't celebrate it the way most people do. We have a bonfire, I bake a new year's cake, and we have a small family get together. Now that we have a 3 year old we do trick or treating and it's a lot of fun. My family has always celebrated it the traditional way with setting out the jack-o-lantern the night of and visiting the graves of our family the day after. My favorite part of Halloween is the baking! We have pumpkin pie, crescent cookies, and a harvest casserole. Nummy! :)

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Quoting Loureen:



Quoting Diana:

lol! What DO you guys get up to for fun?





Beach , Beers , BBQ LOL .






 






I think for most Australians its the fact that the celebration of halloween is NOT a celebration for the right reasons its just high flying supermarket execs just finding another way to make people spend more cash at their stores and while everyone should have the freedom to celebrate whatever holiday they choose Halloween is a little more intrusive on those who do not celebrate it and as Erin said earlier in Australia people do not know the "rules" of halloween ( porch light yes , no porch light NO or verandah as we Aussies call it ) there are just children running around knocking on anyones door .






 






I for one love the idea of dressing up for halloween and have been to many halloween parties but they were confined to one place , i guess pretty much a fancy dress but scary .






 






 






Hooray, sounds like my kinda day!



To be fair, I went and checked because I didn't realize Melissa is Australian, and in that context her comment makes more sense. I was working off an assumption that she was either American or Canadian for some reason-probably just my dumb nationalist impulse creeping out to make an ass of me. =)



It makes more sense to be annoyed by it in a place where it is not tradition, or a place where the tradition is just beginning (thank you, commercialism.) But I guess just because I always wanted to go as a kid and never got to, I can't imagine being annoyed by it and sort of live vicariously through the kids I see. lol

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Quoting Diana:

lol! What DO you guys get up to for fun?


Beach , Beers , BBQ LOL .



 



I think for most Australians its the fact that the celebration of halloween is NOT a celebration for the right reasons its just high flying supermarket execs just finding another way to make people spend more cash at their stores and while everyone should have the freedom to celebrate whatever holiday they choose Halloween is a little more intrusive on those who do not celebrate it and as Erin said earlier in Australia people do not know the "rules" of halloween ( porch light yes , no porch light NO or verandah as we Aussies call it ) there are just children running around knocking on anyones door .



 



I for one love the idea of dressing up for halloween and have been to many halloween parties but they were confined to one place , i guess pretty much a fancy dress but scary .



 



 

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Quoting Erin:

I think a lot of the problem is that there doesn't appear to be the 'Halloween etiquette' here because it is not a widely recognised holiday for us. The kids don't know not to knock if there is no light on. My God most of them don't even get dressed up, and they certainly don't know the history behind the celebration.



haha...I've seen some kids not dressed up here, too, which always throws me off. And the phrase "Halloween etiquette" tickles me for some reason. Anyhow, I can understand that-which is why I wondered if a sign would help. Or maybe some responsible parents going with them. *sigh*

Jodi - posted on 10/31/2009

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Quoting Diana:



I also know people who don't celebrate Christmas-should there be no carolers at Christmastime just because some people don't celebrate it? I don't think so. I think that people who don't want to join in should just turn off their porch lights and/or put up a sign so people will know not to stop by and let the others have their fun.






Actually Diana, the carolling thing from house to house isn't something that is done here either :)

Ez - posted on 10/31/2009

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I think a lot of the problem is that there doesn't appear to be the 'Halloween etiquette' here because it is not a widely recognised holiday for us. The kids don't know not to knock if there is no light on. My God most of them don't even get dressed up, and they certainly don't know the history behind the celebration.

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i think its ridiculous, we had to put a sign up totally forgot about people coming to our door. we were trying to hydrate our lil girl whose been sick and these stupid kids are running around outside and keep on knocking when we dont answer. I hope one day it is cancelled and that parents can keep their kids in bed at home where they belong not running around on the street annoying other people, now that im a parent its more frustrating especially if your kid is in bed. Prior though it didnt really bother me


Ok, I'm sorry the kids were annoying you and knocking on your door repeatedly, which I'm sure can be annoying, especially if you have a sick child-but Halloween really shouldn't be "cancelled" just because a few people don't like it. Just turn off the porch light and put up a sign-no harm, no foul. Kids don't belong in bed all of the time-and they should have their hoildays to have fun. Like a lot of other things, whether or not to celebrate Halloween is a personal and family choice. I also know people who don't celebrate Christmas-should there be no carolers at Christmastime just because some people don't celebrate it? I don't think so. I think that people who don't want to join in should just turn off their porch lights and/or put up a sign so people will know not to stop by and let the others have their fun.



We didn't really celebrate Halloween when I was a child. My parents are devout Methodists, and they thought it was wrong to dress up and go around begging for candy. lol Instead, we always went to the home of an older couple from  our church who had a bonfire and hayride for all of the church members. It was fun-but I do wish I'd gotten to go trick or treating just once.



Colin isn't old enough for Halloween this year-he's only 7 months old (I mean, what are they going to give him, a jar of baby food?)-but when he is old enough I think it will be fun to decorate the house and go trick-or-treating with him. We went to Disney World about a week ago (sans Colin-it was an early anniversary trip), and they had lots of decorations and fun things up. I got some good ideas for future Halloweens, and I bought him a pumpkin candy bucket that has Mickey Mouse ears and a Mickey face. I'm excited about him carrying it. =)



We always buy candy, but we've stop stocking up on it. We live in an apartment complex and not many kids come through, so the past year or two we've been stuck with a lot of candy to eat or take to work and give away. So this year we scaled back-watch there be a lot of kids stopping by tonight! Anyway, Halloween has progressed to being one of my favorite holidays as I've grown older-dressing up and getting candy and acting silly is just so-fun!

Jaime - posted on 10/31/2009

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So funny Annie! I can't believe you start that early! We don't go out until after supper, and finish around 8pm. The kids end up with a ton of treats in a matter of a couple of hours. Just like eveyone else if people don't want to participate they leave there lights off and the kids skip that house. This year my hubby is away so there won't be anyone handing out candy at our house, so I leave a bowl full of candy at the front door. We only get about 14 kids on our street anyways.

We are waiting for our pizza to arrive and then getting ready.

Happy trick or treating!!!

Amie - posted on 10/31/2009

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Same here Mary. Something that is treasured by children all over the place here (Canda), the states, parts of Europe, etc. It's amazing to hear about others who are so against it. For those who don't want to participate here it's no huge deal and they aren't cranky about it. They either turn off their porch light or put up a sign that says Sorry no candy. The kids don't mind and the parents don't either so long as the people are polite.

Now I need to start getting the kids dressed in their costumes. It's almost 1:30 and they'll be heading out about 4. That's one thing I like that's different from when I was a kid. By 7-8 the kids are always done around here. LOL! We always had to wait until after supper.

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Being American, where Halloween is widely celebrated, I'm a bit fascinated with the reaction from the Australians. I guess the fact that it is not something that everyone partakes in makes it a bit more difficult. Here (at least in the Mid-Atlantic region) it's not a big deal if you aren't into it, nor is it too annoying. If you are not giving out candy, you simply leave your porch light off, and trick-or-treaters know not to bother. For those of us who like it, it is just a fun, silly holiday that kids of all ages enjoy by dressing up and eating candy. I have such happy memories from my own childhood (it was the one time of year we were allowed carte blanche with candy!), and although I sort of lost interest in it as an adult, I'm really excited to celebrate the silliness with my daughter.

Mel - posted on 10/31/2009

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i think its ridiculous, we had to put a sign up totally forgot about people coming to our door. we were trying to hydrate our lil girl whose been sick and these stupid kids are running around outside and keep on knocking when we dont answer. I hope one day it is cancelled and that parents can keep their kids in bed at home where they belong not running around on the street annoying other people, now that im a parent its more frustrating especially if your kid is in bed. Prior though it didnt really bother me

Ez - posted on 10/31/2009

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I just had some too!!! Pissed me off because it was my daughter's bedtime. I just said "sorry don't have anything guys" and they were fine. Lucky they didn't trick me or then I REALLY would have been cranky lol.

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I'm Australian too and we just had some trick or treators. We don't get many and I don't get dressed up but I make sure I have some sweets for the kiddies :)

Charlie - posted on 10/30/2009

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all the costumes i have seen today have been crotch skimming dresses of either police, prisoners, witches , fairies , schoolgirls , and milkmaids .............oh and an army dress where you could see the undies and they had printed ARMY on them .

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Slightly off topic, but today I saw a little girl around 7 or 8 dressed up as a slutty devil. She had CFM boots on! And a corset. Disturbing.

I love Halloween, it was my favorite holiday growing up. I'm more partial to Christmas now, but I still like the trick or treaters coming to my door. We live in a fairly densely populated neighborhood which is full of families so we get tons of kids. My daughter is going as a monkey this year. I got the costume off E-Bay for $6. And I got two huge bags of candy at the supermarket back at the beginning of September which were marked down to a $1.99 each (probably last years but I'm pretty sure Nerds don't have an expiry date). And I got 1 big pumpkin and 3 little ones for $5. So I don't really think that $15 is going to break the bank for a good night of fun. Even with the economy the way it is.

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Quoting Laura:

I am really old-school about halloween...the kids get to be whatever they want, no matter how "evil" or "gross"...so long as it's not slutty (yes this is already a concern with an 8 year old girl- think bratz) last year they were both vampires, this year Q is an "army dude" and Eve is a devil. I think it's all about fun, and in my neighbourhood, half of the people hand out wine as well as candy :)) LOL

Christmas...we wait till the Toronto Christmas parade in early November, watch it on tv, eat cinnamon buns and drink hot chocolate while we decorate the tree, I string popcorn and cranberries. But the tree is where it ends...there are no crazy garlands or decorations all over the house.



Slutty is an understatement....I was at a Halloween store looking for a costume for my baby and I happened upon the LITTLE girls section...size 10/12 in girls, mind you (my 7 year old wears a 7/8, so this is the next size up I'm talking about here...) and there was this Minnie Mouse costume.  It was a short, tulle mini skirt and fishnet thigh highs!!!  I couldn't believe it.  I got a sick feeling just looking at that costume!  What the hell kind of parent would let their daughter dress like that???  And if you look at the teen girl costumes you'll get even sicker!  I want to know who the heck actually lets their daughter dress like that?  Nothing like putting your kid out there on a silver platter....



 



My son is gonna be Batman (the old school one) and my daughters are both gonna be Batgirl.  We got a theme going this year....lol.

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I'm afraid I'm anti-Halloween too, purely because I'm Australian. If it became a mainstreamed tradition here I'm sure I would have fun with my daughter celebrating, but otherwise I'm not into it. It's not a recognised holiday here and people don't understand the history - or atleast people I know don't - so it's really just a non-event to me. And if kids come to my door they'll be sorely disappointed I'm afraid since I don't buy chocolate or lollies lol.

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Quoting Amie:

Actually Halloween is not an American tradition. It started in England a few hundred years ago. It is commercialized now heavily, as is every other holiday. Still won't stop me from celebrating it with my children. It's all about the kids having fun!



Fair enough :)  I actually honestly haven't looked into where it came from totally, but the commercialisation of it seems to come from America.  It just has never become an Australian tradition.  And I don't care much for the retailers deciding to see yet another commercial opportunity for us that we don't need and have never celebrated.



But then, I consider Valentines Day a commercial opportunity too, and I don't celebrate that, so don't mind me!!! 



But I do love my Christmas traditions, even though Christmas isn't very traditional in our house because of the family blend, but we do have our own traditions.

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I am really old-school about halloween...the kids get to be whatever they want, no matter how "evil" or "gross"...so long as it's not slutty (yes this is already a concern with an 8 year old girl- think bratz) last year they were both vampires, this year Q is an "army dude" and Eve is a devil. I think it's all about fun, and in my neighbourhood, half of the people hand out wine as well as candy :)) LOL

Christmas...we wait till the Toronto Christmas parade in early November, watch it on tv, eat cinnamon buns and drink hot chocolate while we decorate the tree, I string popcorn and cranberries. But the tree is where it ends...there are no crazy garlands or decorations all over the house.

Jodi - posted on 10/30/2009

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Quoting Amie:

Actually Halloween is not an American tradition. It started in England a few hundred years ago. It is commercialized now heavily, as is every other holiday. Still won't stop me from celebrating it with my children. It's all about the kids having fun!



Fair enough :)  I actually honestly haven't looked into where it came from totally, but the commercialisation of it seems to come from America.  It just has never become an Australian tradition.  And I don't care much for the retailers deciding to see yet another commercial opportunity for us that we don't need and have never celebrated.



But then, I consider Valentines Day a commercial opportunity too, and I don't celebrate that, so don't mind me!!! 



But I do love my Christmas traditions, even though Christmas isn't very traditional in our house because of the family blend, but we do have our own traditions.

Amie - posted on 10/30/2009

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Actually Halloween is not an American tradition. It started in England a few hundred years ago. It is commercialized now heavily, as is every other holiday. Still won't stop me from celebrating it with my children. It's all about the kids having fun!

We always make a big deal about all holidays. Halloween every year we make up treat bags (not those piddly ones cheap skates make now a days either, a decent size treat bag LOL) We send them off to school for the Halloween parties (one for each child). This year I had to send off 38 between my two kids classes. Which wasn't too bad. There's another 60 sitting by the front door for tomorrow night. Should be fun. I enjoy seeing the kids having so much fun.

Our house has been decorated for weeks now. Their costumes we bought at the beginning of the month as well as my husbands. This year I get to sit home and man the door. Which is ok.. last year I almost froze my butt off! LOL!

I can't wait for Christmas though. I have all my baking supplies in order and that is going to start shortly. When the Halloween decorations come down the Christmas ones go up too. Our tree though won't be set up for at least another month, we always get a live tree. =)

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I think it sounds like fun but like Jodi i am Australian and Halloween is not our tradition so i was astounded to see our supermarket FULL of Halloween crap .

If it is not our tradition then celebrating it seems a little to commercial and gimmicky and if any one comes to my door i am afraid all i have is apples .

Jodi - posted on 10/30/2009

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We don't celebrate Halloween in Australia traditionally. So in actual fact it annoys the crap out of me when kids come trick or treating to my door. I never have anything, and I send them on their way telling them we don't celebrate Halloween, it is an American tradition, not an Australian one. To be honest, I am getting annoyed that in the last few years, retailers have really tried to push Halloween, because they see it as another commercial opportunity.



Don't get me wrong, I have no problems with Americans celebrating it in the way they do, but I just don't see why we should.

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YES we make a big deal out of all holidays too, I want them to have the memories just like I have when I was a kid. we do it all- decorations, pumpkin patch, candy apples, halloween parties, crafts and of course trick or treating. Our city has an annual Screamworks day which happens to be on actual Halloween this year and of course we are heading to it even if it rains!! This year they are having a Halloween costume parade that will be telivised on our local news channel.



When it comes to Christmas we usually start decorating mid november and the tree goes up in December.. LOVE CHRISTMAS TOO!!!!

Lindsay - posted on 10/30/2009

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LoL, She does usually wait until Halloween but my dad was going out of town for work for 2 weeks so she had him go ahead and put it up before he left so she could get it decorated!

Traci - posted on 10/30/2009

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Wow!!! lol I've never heard of anyone doing that before Halloween. The earliest we ever did it was Nov 6th...but that's because we were in Japan and were going to be visiting the States for a few weeks before Christmas. That is too funny...

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