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#251 *Appletree*

Posted 31 October 2008 - 11:39 PM

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and don't shove your expectations on me.


Dont answer the bloody door then! Or here's a crazy idea, answer it and say 'No!'

It's an opportunity for kids to have some fun. Provided its done safely, then why not? DD wanted to go this year for the first time, so I took her. Went to every door with her and got dressed up too (and it was fun!). I told her before hand that not everyone would want to give treats, and she smiled and said thanks even to those who didnt wish to participate. Those who did were a bonus  wink.gif

I cannot believe how melodramatic some people are.

#252 ampersand

Posted 01 November 2008 - 12:15 AM

We went out trick or treating tonight, as did almost all of the neighbourhood kids from the number of people on the street. We always go to town on costumes and I had an alien, a zombie and a black cat trooping around with me (plus their friends).

We only knock at houses that have put some kind of decoration out showing they're taking part and what makes it fun is that every street has several.

Some houses had signs on the door saying don't knock, sleeping baby or the like, and I didn't see anyone knock at those houses.

Some of the best houses to stop at were either older couples who obviously loved seeing all the kids dressed up and asking them what they were or to do a trick (several said they hadn't done it before) or households with little ones too young to head out trick or treating - they'd be all dressed up and really excited about handing out treats.

It was lovely, friendly and had a real sense of community about it.

#253 mumof3b1g

Posted 01 November 2008 - 01:42 AM

One of the mums from my daughters class mentioned her dd asked to go so we decided to go together from my house and the kids all had a ball  biggrin.gif

One elderly lady answered the door and said to the kids she had forgotten so they all got a madarine and my little 2 who have just turned 3 were so excited it was like they had won lotto, all over a piece of fruit  grin.gif  grin.gif

I really enjoyed it aswell as the other mum and I chatted the whole way and even met up with a few other mums (well after the kids had knocked on their doors  blush.gif  ) so it was a nice way to get to know each other...

Only whinge I have isf people who pull back the curtains and walk off, I understand some people arent into it but at least say so the kids dont stand there waiting....bit rude really.

#254 picobmum

Posted 01 November 2008 - 01:51 AM

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Look at the origins of Halloween, I did provide a bit in my pp, did you read it or are there too many big words? Anyway it goes against our beliefs so therefore we don't celebrate it. If you want to do it then go right ahead *shrug*


hahahah big words..hahahaha!!! I didnt read your post because i didnt have time. BTW i know the origins of Halloween, doesnt mean i practice the darn thing, i just take my kids trick or treating. No harm done except for stingy people not wanting to give out candy.  laughing2.gif

And trust me, im not getting uptight about anything, im going have FUN tonight trick or treating with my DS and DD.  grin.gif You can sit at home and watch some old fuddy duddy TV show.  laughing2.gif

Colleen

Edited by ♥Colleen♥, 01 November 2008 - 02:01 AM.


#255 FloraN

Posted 01 November 2008 - 07:23 AM

Another miserable scrote mother here. This is Australia, if you're that desperate to run around scabbing lollies off strangers with extortion then go ahead, but you won't get any off me.

#256 ~Bliss~

Posted 01 November 2008 - 07:59 AM

I went mums last night and she had quite a few kids/teens trick or treating. Mum had no treats in the house but ended up giving away all of her muesli bars and fruit cups.  laugh.gif

#257 logansmummie

Posted 01 November 2008 - 08:00 AM

I took my kids and they had so much fun.We only knocked on doors that had halloween decorations out the front or who were sitting out the front...I think that would be a great idea for next year,for people to indicate by way of decoration if they are in to it or not...

We did have the odd person who told the kids to **** off and i think those people are beyond DISGUSTING.... rant.gif

#258 simplelife

Posted 01 November 2008 - 08:53 AM

I still had kids knocking at 8.30pm.

i didn't answer the door and did hear one yound male kids say to his mates something about the awful person not openning the door  ph34r.gif .  They then tried to push the door open! ohmy.gif   Thank god I had the latch locked or I would have had a house full of kids  tongue.gif .

#259 cookie*jar

Posted 01 November 2008 - 08:58 AM

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Edited by newphayze@hotmail.com, 15 December 2008 - 05:23 PM.


#260 ~Flick~

Posted 01 November 2008 - 09:01 AM

Do I approve? Absolutely not! Not after having a group knock on our door last night at 10.15pm!!  mad.gif  And they were about 12 years old! No adults with them either.

#261 twistedmama

Posted 01 November 2008 - 09:11 AM

Well, we ended up with zilch door-knockers, and two teens, in normal clothes, riding around blowing some kind of horn as they rode past rolleyes.gif   I turned on the light to see what was going on, and I heard them say, let's go to that place and then I closed the door and turned off the light ph34r.gif  dev (6).gif

I had to take something across the road, so dressed DD in her RSPCA puppy ear headband and tail.  The neighbours were chuffed as they'd bought some little packets of lollies in case any kids came to the door biggrin.gif   DD looked so cute and was soooooooooooooooo excited about her lollies wub.gif   I ended up drinking a bottle of champers and going next door and chatting until late.  

It was a success for me, as we moved here not long ago, and I've not talked to my neighbours that much before.  It was a great excuse to get to know them better wink.gif

#262 ~kylie~

Posted 01 November 2008 - 11:34 AM

We had no trick or treaters! We live in a fairly older area though, so didn't really expect any. My girls had a ball though!

#263 Grumplestiltskin

Posted 01 November 2008 - 11:40 AM

Not one knock this year! This surprised me, as we had lots of kids around last year.

Had to eat all the Freddos myself. sad.gif

#264 Melidia

Posted 01 November 2008 - 11:42 AM

Thank goodness we had none either.

I'm firmly in the 'miserable scrote' camp.

Don't believe it it, don't care where it came from, don't care what the purpose is.  I don't think it is appropriate to let little children wander around and knock on strangers' doors and beg for lollies, and I don't think it should be celebrated here at all.

#265 PurpleWitch

Posted 01 November 2008 - 11:43 AM

My children don't do it.(Well, my 13 year old did it last year for the first only time) But I don't care if others do.

I bought lollies. A packet of freddos and a packet of chupas.

They're just lollies.

Everyone who got something dressed up brilliantly. They looked to be having a ball.

#266 logansmummie

Posted 01 November 2008 - 01:11 PM

Phayze that is a fantastic idea with the letter box drop.I might steal that idea for next year wub.gif

#267 Duane Dibley

Posted 01 November 2008 - 01:36 PM

Scabbing for lollies?  No.

#268 JoeyJojoJr

Posted 01 November 2008 - 02:27 PM

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Also, I hate that they're perpetuating the myth of witches looking old, crabby and nasty.


Part of the witches 'look' actually has it's origins in witch persecution - the torture and imprisonment in unsanitary conditions caused all manner of sickness and skin lesions.



We had a great time at our place! We had a party where the kids did apple-bobbing, doughnut on a string, hide-and-spook... the costumes, the chaos - my kids think Halloween is the best time of the year! SO much fun!

Trick or treaters are always welcome here  biggrin.gif  It's not begging, it's neighbourly, it's voluntary and awesome fun.
My children are also being taught the REAL pagan origins of celebrations  cool.gif

Sorry to those who suffered at the hands of jerks. They ruin it for everybody  sad.gif

#269 simplelife

Posted 01 November 2008 - 02:37 PM

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We started taking our kids trick or treating last year. We dropped lovely letters and streamers into 50 letter boxes asking them to put the streamer out if they wanted to participate.


This is an excellent idea! cclap.gif

#270 Electro

Posted 01 November 2008 - 02:37 PM

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Last year we got some 16/17 year old girls knocking on our door. Granted they were dressed up, but no one in our area does it, I don't know what they were expecting really.


We got this last night.  Im not into it at all but I made a big bowl of (microwave  dev (6).gif ) popcorn and kept it by the door as last year I had no idea about Halloween and as much as I felt like saying 'not really something alot of Aussies do', I felt bad telling little 5 year olds who knocked  that I didnt have anything.

The little ones who knocked this year were suprisingly receptive to popcorn..but I felt a bit weirded out with 15-17 y.o girls in scanty costumes digging their hands in the bowl of popcorn I held out.  

We live in a 'good' area, but I wouldnt like my daughter of that age and dressed up knocking on strangers doors...

#271 Guest_Cali~_*

Posted 01 November 2008 - 02:40 PM

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Part of the witches 'look' actually has it's origins in witch persecution - the torture and imprisonment in unsanitary conditions caused all manner of sickness and skin lesions.


That's interesting, but then probably anyone over 30 300 years ago would have looked pretty rough, if they even lived that long.

#272 Grumplestiltskin

Posted 01 November 2008 - 02:53 PM

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Part of the witches 'look' actually has it's origins in witch persecution


I think it's also mostly because just being an older woman meant they were often suspected of witchcraft - especially if they lived alone.

Old women = witch (centuries ago) so now, for us, witch = old woman.

#273 LucyDiamond

Posted 01 November 2008 - 03:14 PM

I think it's a load of horse sh*t.

#274 ebmember

Posted 01 November 2008 - 04:21 PM

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#275 RillyBilly

Posted 01 November 2008 - 04:25 PM

Actually, I just remembered, normally if someone knocks on our door, unless I can identify the caller as being a friend or family member, I don't open it anyway.  So any trick or treaters around here would have gotten the short shift.  They'd have been told we don't acknowledge it through a closed door.

No one came around anyway, I don't think there are many children in this area.




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