Halloween. Love or loathe?
I know there’s a load of old miserys on here who hate Christmas, but my pet hate is Halloween. Kids going round begging because they’ve put a bin liner and pointy hat on. Don’t get me started on all these fancy pumpkins my apparent friends have made. Piss off and roll on bonfire night 🙂Posted 4 years ago
And don’t be knocking on my door!muppetWranglerMember
Somewhere between meh and loathe.
I guess mostly because I just don’t get it, as far as i can remember it didn’t exist when we were kids so from my perspective it looks like an occasion constructed by retailers to sell cheap tat and sticky sweets.
We used to have Guy Fawkes night which involved making a Guy, sticking it in a pram and hanging around outside the local shops hoping someone would chuck 2p in an old ice cream tub. I guess that was all too independently creative for retailers as you didn’t really have to buy anything for that.Posted 4 years agostumpy01Member
Somewhere between meh & loathe, I think.
I think it’s OK for the younger kids to be out with their parents doing a bit of
trick or treatingbegging for sweets, but when you get older teenagers coming to the door with no fancy dress who gormlessly utter ‘trick or treat’ it does take the mick somewhat.
I think the fun when out of it when my OH told me it wasn’t allowed to sneak round the back of the house wearing my very scary ‘shotgun blasted face’ mask while she distracted the kiddy winks who’d just knocked on the door, allowing me to stand quietly behind them waiting for them to turn around with a hanful of Chupa Chups….Posted 4 years agojekkylMember
confuse the little kids when they come begging by saying ‘errmm Trick please’ and then confuse them even more by handing out fruit instead of sweets, don’t see why we should promote tooth decay as well worship of demons and witches. Satsumas or Apples go down well with the Mums.
As a child in Scotland we used to go Guysing (spelling?! Guising?) Where instead of just begging for sweets you had to do a little turn, say a spooky poem for example or tell a joke. And we had turnips instead of pumpkins. Then suddenly I’m all grown and they’re all doing Trick or Treat and it’s pumpkins.Posted 4 years agogonefishinMember
I guess mostly because I just don’t get it, as far as i can remember it didn’t exist when we were kids
It was certainly a tradion when I was growing up in the late 70s early 80s, although as jekkyl says it did involve doing a turn and receiving fruit and nuts rather than sweets.Posted 4 years agoThe Sanity AssassinSubscriber
Bloody ‘trick or treat’ never existed when I were a lad. Well, not in 1970s Huddersfield it didn’t anyway. We just hollowed out a turnip, cut a basic face shape in it and then stuck a candle inside. Probably one left over from the power cuts. After we got bored in half an hour or so, we’d just go to the bonfire and make a camp fire to cook some jacket spuds in.
Mischief Night (that’s the official Mischief Night on Nov 4th, by the way) was much more betterer. It was still only harmless pranks though, not an excuse for wanton vandalism and extorting money with menaces.Posted 4 years agofasthaggisMember
As a child in Scotland we used to go Guysing (spelling?! Guising?) Where instead of just begging for sweets you had to do a little turn, say a spooky poem for example or tell a joke. And we had turnips instead of pumpkins. Then suddenly I’m all grown and they’re all doing Trick or Treat and it’s pumpkins.
I liked/like Guising (in disguise) ,I don’t like the OTT American nonsense .Posted 4 years ago
We will be adopting their Thanksgiving next 🙄tazzymtbMember
It makes the old goth in me happy..its the only time of year I look normal and celebrating the spirits of our ancestors is far more groovey than some jumped up ambush of mithras’ s birthday by that jeesus geezer.
And trick or treat is fab..we should encourage our kids to get creative with costume and be part of the neighbourhood…besides which how else do the funny old men in dirty macs selected their victims…it’s like dual a pizza for perviesPosted 4 years agomarcus7Member
I’ll be decorating the house and garage tonight ready for the onslaught, its a big tradition round here and im expecting at least 100 people round (including parents), everyone dresses up and has a good time. No nastyness and not scary for the younger ones. hopefully the weather will hold up but we normally have a couple of fire bowls going to keep warm!. Oh and i did trick or treating in the late 70’s so im not sure how new it is….Posted 4 years ago
Pumpkins carved with the kids early much easier then a freaking Turnip, youngest has popped up to her friends for an early party and then tomorrow it’s Halloween but more importantly my youngest will turn 7 so we will always celebrate Halloween.
Oh and i did trick or treating in the late 70’s so im not sure how new it is….
It’s not just the grumps who always had a white xmas and long hot summers where kids were never naughty think it’s new.Posted 4 years agoPeterPoddyMember
We put a pumpkin outside and everything. It’s really sweet when the little kids dress up I think.
At our last house our neighbors hated it, and being a terrace, they’d see us, then automatically knock on the next door 10 feet away! That used to make me chuckle….Posted 4 years ago
We had some kids once who looked so happy to get a few sweets: Mum explained that they’d knocked on so many doors and been ignored they were getting quite upset, and thanked us for being so nice.
God, there’s some miserable grouches about…. 🙂kcalSubscriber
Child of the 70s here, was guising for us, hadn’t heard of trick or treat to be honest. Yes, probably a miserable sod right enough, I just happen to think it’s just a bit more fun when there’s an attempt made at a costume, doing a turn, apples, scones, and so on..
Smell of neeps in the fields is always a bit nostalgic 🙂Posted 4 years agothestabiliserMember
Saying ‘BwwwwAAAAIIIIINSSS’ or ‘One [insert halloweeny word here] Ah Ah AHHH, two [insert halloweeny word here] Ah Ah AAHH’ repeatedly
You can make a pumpkin like the death star! what’s not to like?
If any of you grumpy bastids would care to swap and sit in a corporate hotel on your tod and attend my meetings the following day so I can stay at home and scare toddlers then I’m happy to swap.Posted 4 years agoprojectMember
Liverpool today , fancy dress shop a big queue down the road all students wanting to rent costumes, buy tat etc, then Poundland full of hallowen tat.
Just what is the point of fully grown adults dressing up like zombies, one stret collector even has a knife through his head.It was only a pretend one 😯
And tonight the police are on a raised risk due to it being called mischief night,round here.Posted 4 years agodeadlydarcyMember
Turnips? Jeezus! Surely, a holesaw-drillbit would be easier with those 😆
We did it every year as kids growing up in Ireland. Being a Celtic festival, the end of October, beginning of November (appropriated by the church into All-souls-day (Halloween – all hallows’ eve), then All Saints Day (1st November, and used to be a holy day of obligation) – it was always an “important” time. We dressed up as soon as we were old enough to be let loose on your own – that would be around 4 years of age. You’d never dream of not dressing up 😯 Nearly every house would have treats. A lot of the families would make us go in and bob for apples, sing a song, etc. It was great fun, mainly because the whole neighbourhood joined. We’d come home with carrier bags so full of goodies, we’d be kept going till Christmas.
Happy memories for me. I don’t ever see my son enjoying Halloween the way we did.Posted 4 years ago
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