Halloween '18 - anyone else getting excited?

I'm so excited about Halloween this year, that I actually have almost everything planned and bought already :o
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  • suejb2suejb2 Forumite
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    By the lack of replies, it looks like it's a No.
    Life is like a bath, the longer you are in it the more wrinkly you become.
  • suejb2 wrote: »
    By the lack of replies, it looks like it's a No.

    One for the chavs.:rotfl:
  • unforeseenunforeseen Forumite
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    A bunch of kids disturbing your evening expecting handouts? Nope

    Another imported load of rubbish from across the pond.
  • We love Halloween, some people around us go all out, there are some brilliantly decorated houses.

    All the children only knock on houses with something to let them know the house is participating, ie a pumpkin in the window, or outside, or even a picture of a pumpkin. So much so that when we knocked on a neighbours door, they had told us to, they said they had only had one person knock, and had loads of sweets left, but there were loads of people out.

    The children around us are well behaved, we go out and have left a bowl on our doorstep with a note saying 'only take one or two, other children want some too'

    Unfortunately we will miss it this year as we will be travelling.
  • Abbafan1972Abbafan1972 Forumite
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    Totally pointless if you ask me and we just ignore it completely.


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    No, too excited by the Xmas stuff in the shops.:rudolf::rotfl:
  • PollycatPollycat Forumite
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    I used to participate in Halloween when all the neighbour's kids were small.
    Then, it seemed that hoardes of kids descended on our street - we said they must have been busing them in - and it was non-stop knocking on the door from as soon as it got dark until about 9pm.


    We're either out or don't answer the door now.
    So to answer the OP - no, I'm not looking forward to Halloween.
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    jackomdj wrote: »
    We love Halloween, some people around us go all out, there are some brilliantly decorated houses.

    All the children only knock on houses with something to let them know the house is participating, ie a pumpkin in the window, or outside, or even a picture of a pumpkin. So much so that when we knocked on a neighbours door, they had told us to, they said they had only had one person knock, and had loads of sweets left, but there were loads of people out.

    The children around us are well behaved, we go out and have left a bowl on our doorstep with a note saying 'only take one or two, other children want some too'

    Unfortunately we will miss it this year as we will be travelling.

    Glad it's not just me who loves Halloween!

    We've only ever had kids knock on the door when we have Jack-'o-lanterns outside or in the window to make it obvious. My parents aren't into Halloween at all, so we only celebrate it when I'm home to dole out sweets. As far as I know they've only once in our thirty-odd years of living here had problems with any unwanted trick or treaters, despite living in a very urban, densely populated area. Also, I'm very strict about no trick or treaters after 8pm. No kid should be out that late anyway!

    Having said that, I have to admit that after some poorly supervised little charmers started grabbing handfulls of sweets last year, I'm now giveing out treat bags rather than letting them pick their own sweets from a bowl...
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    Glad it's not just me who loves Halloween!

    We've only ever had kids knock on the door when we have Jack-'o-lanterns outside or in the window to make it obvious. My parents aren't into Halloween at all, so we only celebrate it when I'm home to dole out sweets. As far as I know they've only once in our thirty-odd years of living here had problems with any unwanted trick or treaters, despite living in a very urban, densely populated area. Also, I'm very strict about no trick or treaters after 8pm. No kid should be out that late anyway!

    Having said that, I have to admit that after some poorly supervised little charmers started grabbing handfulls of sweets last year, I'm now giveing out treat bags rather than letting them pick their own sweets from a bowl...
    That's the main reason I stopped bothering with Halloween.
    Ungrateful, mannerless, greedy little oiks spoiled it for other kids as far as I'm concerned.

    I agree that kids should only go to houses that are clearly welcoming them.
    That wasn't our experience.
    We had no sign of Halloween inside or outside our house.
    But still they knocked.
    They used to queue up at the end of the drive so as soon as I'd closed the door, the next lot knocked.
    I was OK with that until some brat took a handful of stuff from the bag I was holding - mini mars bars, twix, mini bags of buttons & maltesers, mini boxes of smarties - I used to spend a fortune (and I don't have kids).
    But I left them all in no doubt at all that that was the end of it.

    Lots of elderly people dread it as well as people with dogs.
  • I come down firmly in the 'not excited about Hallowe'en' camp.

    There is a small part of me that sees it as going against my religion (committed Christian...I celebrate the Light, not the dark!).....so this is a personal objection, and I accept that not everyone feels the same...

    However, I have bigger, wider reaching objections....

    The last town I lived in, the youths (14 and over) would go around in October - with hoodies pulled down over their faces, demanding cigarettes and cash - 'for Hallowe'en'...car tyres slashed and lit fireworks through the letterbox were the least of the 'tricks' if you refused them....not much 'fun' for the local community in that!

    There is much more organization where I live now...and it includes a set Hallowe'en 'Trail' for youngsters to follow on the nearest Saturday...if they turn up at the small local shops, wearing a costume, they get sweets.....and this is a minor niggle for me...I have seen some kiddies with plastic buckets FULL of sweets and chocolate...is this healthy?...should we be encouraging such consumption of sugar?...one youngster gets full marks for enterprise...(this was last year...)...he walked up the street wearing a spiderman mask with a blue anorak....collected sweets,....at the end of the street he emptied his collecting bucket into a carrier bag, handed this to his waiting dad, pulled of his anorak and swapped his spiderman mask for a batman one...and walked back down the road into each shop and collected a second lot of sweets!!!
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