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Old 10-31-2013, 07:15 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Never heard of it.
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:53 PM
 
Location: On the Edge of the Fringe
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Well, we had a good turnout in our neighborhood. I ran out of stuffed animals, a Big hit with the girls, and also the glow in the dark insects (the boys LOVED those)
I do not know what happened across town at the trunk or treat, nor care, we made a lot of kids really happy tonight, and that is all that matters. ALL that matters
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Rational World Park
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Who cares? It's about kids and candy.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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Turns out not one trick or treater came down our street. Possibly because there are only 4 occupied homes on a street where 29 families will eventually live. If I were herding kids around in the dark, it would be a street I'd skip. Our street lights aren't even working yet. Plus it was pouring rain anyway.

It occurs to me that people might have decided that Friday night is more logical for going house to house, I'll have to check that out ... it would relieve people from dealing with getting sugar-crazed children to bed on a school night -- and out the door the next morning.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Florida
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No, it really isn't.

It's about Christianity elbowing in on something they have no claim to, so that they can turn it into something they want it to be - just like Christmas.

Christians tried to squash Halloween as 'satanic' or 'idolatry', but they failed. So instead, they are working on claiming it for themselves so they can change it to what they want. The fact that it's fairly recent and not widespread doesn't make it any less invasive.

Imagine what the early days of 'christmas' was like - as Christians took over the pagan holiday rituals.

What will Halloween be like in 200 years?
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Florida
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mordant - they moved T or T here because of the storms last night. They are doing it tonight instead. Check your local paper.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Middle of nowhere
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Our town has a big trunk or treat on main street, because it is a huge rural area. There are very few neighborhoods here, mostly farm and ranch land. Last year we had about 100 cars set up on main street to give out candy. We also had bands, a parade, and a carnival.

In areas where houses are really spread out, it makes sense to have something like this.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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No, it really isn't.

It's about Christianity elbowing in on something they have no claim to, so that they can turn it into something they want it to be - just like Christmas.

Christians tried to squash Halloween as 'satanic' or 'idolatry', but they failed. So instead, they are working on claiming it for themselves so they can change it to what they want. The fact that it's fairly recent and not widespread doesn't make it any less invasive.

Imagine what the early days of 'christmas' was like - as Christians took over the pagan holiday rituals.

What will Halloween be like in 200 years?
Customs always change, and I have no problems with Christians participating by pushing their own ideas for ways to celebrate so long as they play fair. Halloween will be different in 200 years with or without their involvement.

In all honesty I've never liked it as a holiday and if it dies out I will shed no tears. And don't get me started on Christmas. It's a do-or-die retail blowout that starts in some ways in September; I mostly ignore it. There's plenty of blame to go around on that one, too, I think Christians lost control of it more or less since WW2.
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Florida
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In all honesty I've never liked it as a holiday and if it dies out I will shed no tears. And don't get me started on Christmas. It's a do-or-die retail blowout that starts in some ways in September; I mostly ignore it. There's plenty of blame to go around on that one, too, I think Christians lost control of it more or less since WW2.
That's where we differ. I always enjoyed Halloween because it was a great activity for both kids and adults that engaged the public on a large scale that *wasn't* religious in origin.

Like the 4th of July in the U.S. people get excited about the day, plan BBQ's and stay up late for fireworks. The theme is patriotic, not religious. I love the 4th, too.

Christmas has gone downhill for years. I'm appalled that businesses are now going to be open on Thanksgiving Day. I will refuse to shop on that day and never go out on Black Friday, either. In fact, since our child is no longer young (and we NEVER did the Santa thing), we hardly exchange gifts anyway. I expect once it's just husband and I, we'll drop it totally.
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Old 11-01-2013, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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That's where we differ. I always enjoyed Halloween because it was a great activity for both kids and adults that engaged the public on a large scale that *wasn't* religious in origin.
Halloween is a mongrel as to its religious underpinnings. All Hallow's Eve or All Saints Eve is the origin of the word, so it has some Christian background, before which it was Samhain which is Druid. Still religious. And most of what's left is superstition even if not outright religion.

I don't mind Halloween as a safety valve for people's fears. It serves a purpose similar to horror movies, HP Lovecraft, etc. As Stephen King said, "It's my job to put my characters through the wringer so you don't think your problems are all that bad, after all."

As a child, I never cared much for costume events. Both the most and least fun I had as a kid was when I got a cool full-head rubber Frankenstein mask for Halloween. When I actually got to wear it on The Night, though, it was so stifling I couldn't keep it on. My head was soaked in sweat. There was no honor in this, only shame ;-)
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