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Trick or treat,Halloween

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    First Halloween in Adelaide really good night, ...

     

    We bought a load of lollies, chocolate bars etc.. We were lucky only had one visit from two kids wearing real costumes, not just a hoodie, or a bin bag. They were polite and had their parents with them also. No mischief at all. can't wait till the next one.

    We can now enjoy all the left overs with a good glass of wine, happy halloween lol

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    Guest guest3462

    lol you are in Seaford,and there is a girl on FB who is grumbling cos she didnt get any lollies trick or treating in Seaford tonight!! Wonder if thats cos you scoffed them all??? Happy Halloween guys x

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    Guest teamV

    I saw this picture this morning and liked it,drunken pumpkin

     

     

     

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    lol you are in Seaford,and there is a girl on FB who is grumbling cos she didnt get any lollies trick or treating in Seaford tonight!! Wonder if thats cos you scoffed them all??? Happy Halloween guys x

     

    Probably so, we did wait till it had got really dark though,well inside the house,lol

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    Just wondering when Halloween became a big thing in the UK. It certainly wasn't when I was 10 and left the UK about 30 years ago and it wasn't when we left again nearly 20 years ago, but some photos sent of my niece in full halloween trick or treat regalia about 10 years ago was the first sign. We very rarely get any T O Ts around our streets and although the supermarkets seem to stock up, not much of it seems to be moved and is usually on sale. Here the Halloween paraphernalia started to creep into shops about 10 years ago, but never really did well. Most people I know regard it as an American custom and aren't happy with their kids knocking on doors. So did it sneak up quietly over the years and everyone got conned by the kids or was it a heavy marketing thing?

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    We've been here four years now and last night was the first time we've ever had trick or treaters. There were four or five pairs of them, all littlies but beautifully dressed up and so polite. Our kids are ticked off at us becuase we wouldn't let them go out but I've been telling them for the last few years that Halloween just isn't a big thing here. Looks like I might have to eat my words and take them out next year.

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    Halloween is an ancient pre-Christian festival (Samhain) which celebrates the end of summer and the harvest and the start of the long dark winter. I can remember celebrating Halloween in England when I was a child a long long time ago (well over 30 years!), but it wasn't trick or treating, which is an American import. I remember that in ET and other American movies etc, but when I was a kid we hadn't heard of it. We used to have Halloween parties and play bob apple, and put candles in hollowed out swedes or turnips in the window, and wander around the streets dressed up as ghosts and witches, but these were always home-made costumes. We used to knock on people's doors and make scary noises then run away when they opened the door. I even remember writing lots of scary notes on cards using lipstick and red nail varnish (to look like drips of blood) saying things like 'you will die!' and leaving these under random car windscreen wipers so the people would see them when they drove to work in the morning. (what lovely kids we were!).

     

    In England before we left Halloween was pretty big, most of the kids in the village would dress up and go round with their parents (also dressed up) trick or treating. If a house had a pumpkin in the window then it was OK to knock. Our neighbours always had elaborate window displays with tombstones, skeletons, pumpkins and even giant spiders hanging from the trees. Some houses you visited, the teenage kids would dress up and hide in the bushes and scare you as you walked up the drive. It was always great fun and a large proportion of the villagers entered into the spirit of things. My daughter now moans that we've moved to Australia where hardly any people celebrate Halloween.

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    Ah well, give it a few years and communities will do the same here. Commercialism always trumps. I know it was an old festival, but it wasn't big in my Suffolk town and like you I had done the hollowed out turnip thing, but it was just for us. There were certainly no pumpkins grown in Suffolk, lots of sugar beet though LOL.

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    I lived in the UK until last year, and it was certainly Not big where I lived, although the retail industry push it to extraordinary lengths it just hadn’t caught on. Some do the traditional bob the apple stuff and older kids might have a disco arranged but I only saw 1 trick/treater in all my time there.

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    it was very big when we were in the UK over 3 years ago, my boys school always had a halloween disco. We have never had anyone knock even tho we leave a pumpkin outside so sadly and it was hard i had to eat the sweeties myself :( I just take my boy to friends houses as when we have done trick or treating in the passed no one had any treats for him lol its costs me more in costume and petrol should just buy him a bag of sweets lol.

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    Guest Seraphon

    I must say, i can't believe i forgot how much fun could be had at halloween! Just moved to Adelaide and had a great party the other night, following morning was horrific which was to be expected lol. But yeah, we had tonnes of trick or treaters come round, and i must say it really has brightened my week.

    I know it's late, but happy halloween :D

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    Guest Adelaide_bound

    Its big our way commercially (ie all the supermarkets have a massive aisle of stuff and banners everywhere etc) but we didn't get a single T or T er knock on our door here, didn't last year either. In London I used to get older kids on their own demanding money, but that was it as well (nice SE suburb), then we moved to a live/work unit in N London which looked deserted so didn't get any there.

     

    I've heard if you put decorations up people will knock at your door in Oz, and if you don't they leave you alone, which sounds really lovely to me - you can join in if you want, but aren't menaced if you don't want to join in things. (Don't know how true that is, and is from more East Coast places).

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