Halloween. Love or loathe?

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  • Halloween. Love or loathe?
  • Miss the old style stuff, it’s all too American now.

    Love the smell of burnt turnip from the “old school” Halloween lanterns. None of those posh pumpkin things when I was a lad.

    nicko74
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    Like it in general: nice looking lasses dressed up in costumes that are basically “sexy something something”. Like “sexy undertaker”, “sexy plumber” and so on. Clearly enjoying themselves, having fun.

    Dislike this year because some **** stole a 15kg pumpkin I’d left on my doorstep. Hadn’t carved it yet, it’s a nice neighbourhood, but some **** came up the path, up the steps and nicked it, then stumbled down the road carrying it. Boooooo

    project
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    Just what is the point of fully grown adults dressing up like zombies

    Some people like to enjoy themselves and have fun.

    Weird way to enjoy yourself, says the zombie

    Premier Icon muddydwarf
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    For those saying its an American tradition, its actually an old British/Irish tradition that we exported to the colonies. It fell out of favour when we found out it was much more fun playing with gunpowder and burning Catholics! (effigies of!)

    I like it, love seeing the kids dressed up and am always surprises how few sweets they actually take when faced with a bowlful!

    CountZero
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    Meh. Demanding money with menaces; there ought to be a law against it!

    PrinceJohn
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    3 Reasons to like Halloween –

    I do remember going round as a kid and having to do a wee turn in neighbours houses. My kids love it, their mother might like it more though. Not that I see the benefit of that anymore.

    I do it but actully hope they’ll grow out of it soon, I’m always a bit embarassed taking them roudn the houses.

    ninfan
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    Love the smell of burnt turnip from the “old school” Halloween lanterns

    This!

    loathe with a passion. doorbell will be off and if i had some the hounds of hell would be lying in wait

    Premier Icon Caher
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    Like the pre-commercial version that i remember as a kid.

    agree with Deadly – it was certainly a tradition in Ireland but more about telling stories (ghostly) and peeling apples in front of a mirror than trick or treat.

    hammyuk
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    It’s become yet another American blight – the only chance of seeing any of those lovelies is in a nightclub at the weekend.
    It should be for the kids to have honest fun – not commercialised beyond belief as it and every other festival has

    johndoh
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    I hate that almost everyone calls it Halloween.

    It’s Hallowe’en.

    Premier Icon Rusty Mac
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    I can’t say I am a big fan, however my fiancΓ©e has always done something for it and so far our daughter is enjoying her first Halloween.

    I hate that almost everyone calls it Halloween.

    It’s Hallowe’en.

    Not being pedantic or anything are you?

    I hate everyone who doesn’t call it by the correct name of “All Hallows’ Evening”. The lazy abbreviation gets my goat.

    johndoh
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    There is that.

    gordimhor
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    Surely as a celtic tradition the correct name would be sabhain. πŸ™‚ I like it so Sabhain mhath dhuibh a huile duine… Have a good Halloween/hallowe’en everyone

    sputnik
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    Load of bollocks

    redthunder
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    I hope it rains and very heavy at that πŸ™‚

    Mackem
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    It was never a big deal round our way, Bonfire night was always good though and doing “penny for the guy”. No problem with the kids enjoying it, but adults getting into it is odd to me, but as I said it was never a big deal when I was a kid.

    toxicsoks
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    Not today, thank you. πŸ™„

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    My lad was standing outside the bathroom in full devil mask and jack-o-lantern regalia this morning waiting for me to stagger out half asleep. The little git is getting his comeuppance later (swaps copy of The Exorcist into his favourite DVD case).

    Markie
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    Turnips? Jeezus! Surely, a holesaw-drillbit would be easier with those

    Coming from the US I’d never heard of using anything but pumpkins, called my wife to ask what to do after not being able to find any to buy on Halloween eve, she said get a turnip, I bought a parsnip instead 😳

    Was a bit surprised about how much of a faff was to carve, given that everything online suggested it was the traditional thing to do…

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    wrightyson – Member
    Piss off and roll on bonfire night

    Oh can barely contain my excitement of getting fireworks, stones, bottles and last years new missile jaffa cakes πŸ˜• thrown at me.

    When did the tradition of burning wheelie bins creep in to celebrate a failed terrorist?

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    I love it, but then it’s my (and my brother’s) birthday so I have good reason to enjoy it πŸ™‚

    I have some large bags of goodies waiting for the trick or treaters, though they largely don’t bother as we have a good few steps to get up to the house. More for me then πŸ™‚

    wysiwyg
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    Unfortunately the whole thing has been hijacked by U.S style trick or treating plus our Supermarkets over commercialisation of everything associated with it (Pumpkins, costumes etc)

    I have fond memories of it as a kid – cost the family nothing more than the price of a Turnip and a candle. All the costumes were home made at zero cost and I cant even remember any of the houses giving us money, it was tangerines, monkey nuts, sweets and toffee apples (home made.) Also, there was none of this pitching up with a sh1t joke and trousering ££ – we had to sing, or tell a story or play an instrument. Dooking for apples that’s gone too. Sighs…

    AdamW
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    If I knew it was going to be under-tens with their parents/guardians coming round for sweets then no problem. I’d get a tub of sweets and say hello.

    Unfortunately it tends to be the 14-15 year olds that just want money.

    Premier Icon woody2000
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    theblackmount – there’ll be apple bobbing and other games at our house this weekend, along with home made toffee & cakes etc, so it’s not gone altogether πŸ™‚

    Good man πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Wysiwyg that’s a great costume a nice tribute to one of the greatest films of the 80’s too.

    When we were kids you got money and the occasional sweet, now all kids get is sweets. We never had to do any singing or tell jokes the idea was they give you a treat or get a trick.

    Pumpkins we’re carved last night before I went to work in preparation for tonight and their costumes are ready. I’m off to work so kids can knock as much as they want they’ll only get a terrier trying to make them look like Wysiwyg (no not really).

    Premier Icon Flaperon
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    Loathe. I have a 3am start tomorrow but no doubt the doorbell will be ringing up until 11pm like it was last year. Wouldn’t be so bad if it was just young kids with their parents, but round my neck of the woods it’s basically teenage gangs out to stock up on junk food.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    round my neck of the woods it’s basically teenage gangs out to stock up on junk food.

    Tough ‘hood.

    wysiwyg
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    Drac> thanks. All made from scratch, modeled, cast moulds and then slip cast with latex. Took about 3 evenings

    yunki
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    has anyone seen that pic that’s doing the rounds on Facebook, of the mature lady getting into the spirit of Hallowe’en..?

    I’d quite like to post it to give this thread some balance but I fear that I will be spirited away by the mods..

    Dave
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    Halloween Mini Movies Special :o)

    Ha,
    What a bunch of moaners πŸ™‚

    All the kids we have had at the door have been remarkably polite.
    Calcot in Readings not the best of places. Our boy is nearly 3 and he is an ace time

    Guisin , turnip lanterns and dookin for Apples. Great memories from my youth in East Lothian.
    Although we did used to always go to an auld bloke who lived on his own every year. He used to have a big tub full of water and apples and tons of sweets.

    He would probably have has his house torched now a days. He was a big fan of sport as he was always watching us playing football and swimming in the river.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Well, the wife and kids are out trick or treating, leaving me to man the fort and deal with the group of inappropriately dressed zombie schoolgirls that turned up just after they left……

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