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Halloween Traditions 6 years 8 months ago #7625

How do you celebrate spooky day?

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Re: Halloween Traditions 6 years 8 months ago #7632

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Usually with the door shut and lights out trying to ignore those pesky kids.

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Re: Halloween Traditions 6 years 8 months ago #7633

Our neighbor dressed up to scare the children. He answered the door with a roar or evil laugh. The screams pierced the autumn night.

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Re: Halloween Traditions 6 years 8 months ago #7639

At my old house in Leeds, I used to decorate my windows and do some minimal dress up (head to toe black with a hat and broomstick by the door fr'instance) then give out sweeties to any local kids that came trick or treating.

It was so funny. I think I was one of the few people round my area who endorsed trick or treating, and kids cotton on fast. Two years running, there were two main squads of kids, and they spent the evening knocking on the door, getting sweets, going down the ginnel, swapping costumes or parts of costumes, then coming back and knocking again! :laugh:

Okay, I could have got cross, but you have to admire that kind of commitment to Haribo. Made me laugh my head off.

Then at nine, I'd take down the decs, signalling game over and settle down to a scary film. I bloody love Hallowe'en.

However, now I live in a little block of flats, and there's only one kid of the right age. I could decorate the windows, but any trick or treaters would need to figure out which flat ours is and press the buzzer to get let in. That could become insanely annoying for us and our neighbours. So, I think I'll have to settle for the scary film.

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Re: Halloween Traditions 6 years 8 months ago #7642

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I’m afraid I’m a bit of a Hallowe’en grinch.

When I was growing up, we used to go out guising – a Scottish tradition in which kids spend weeks making their costume and then go round the houses dressed up, do their party piece (usually a song or poem) and the hosts would try and guess who was under the disguise. If they guessed, the disguise wasn’t good enough and the kid went empty handed; if they didn’t guess then the guiser would get their reward of sweets or nuts.

Trouble is, it’s now been bastardised (partly, but certainly not entirely, due to the idea evolving into “Trick or Treat” across the pond and then coming back to be bastardised even further) and we now have a situation where anybody and everybody under university graduation age shoves on a crap plastic costume from the pound shop and expects to be given half a bag of Haribo just for knocking on your door.

Fortunately, our local usually puts on a party, so we just head out and get drunk but, if not, it’s doors locked and lights out!

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Re: Halloween Traditions 6 years 8 months ago #7643

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How do you celebrate spooky day?

I don't.

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Re: Halloween Traditions 6 years 8 months ago #7644

I have to admit, I generally don't. Kids 'round our way are generally quite rude, demanding and nasty: I most often don't get little kiddies at all, but fifteen+ year-olds in shop-bought costumes, expecting to be given money (not sweets!) for knocking on your door and making a vague threat. Most years I draw the curtains, stick one of the Sussex Police "feck off, I don't do organised begging" posters on my door and pretend I'm out.

Humbug?

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Yeah we get kids like that around my way. We rarely answer the door on Halloween now.

The front door got egged once, not sure why.

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Phil wrote:

Usually with the door shut and lights out trying to ignore those pesky kids.


Same for me, it's the reason I haven't responded to the call for feedback to the Halloween special of the Insideoutcast, the coming of Halloween isn't something to be celebrated but avoided, which is a shame thinking about it as it'd be nice to go out and do something at Halloween.

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