102IAHexpress From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1156 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4329 times:
Just curious as I am of the belief that Halloween is our best holiday here in America. I admit Halloween is meaningless and commercial ridden; as is all our other holidays, but at least it’s an equal opportunity holiday. Pretty much everyone can and does celebrate it.
It’s pretty cool, that no matter how poor you are, you can knock on some strangers’ door and you will be treated to free candy for doing absolutely nothing!
I have my own house now, so I’ll be greeting the neighborhood problem childs with candy in the hopes they won’t TP my house. But I’ll be prepared if they get any ideas. Man, I love it.
But our friends across the pond seem to hate Halloween.
Quote: ...in a Halloween discussion group on Mumsnet, a popular mothers’ Web site here. The tips being traded were not about how to make pumpkin soup, but about how to repel would-be trick-or-treaters. “I’ve thought about removing the cover from my doorbell so they electrocute themselves,” one participant wrote.
Kieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4326 times:
Well, I for one don't mind Halloween at all, and tonight after work shall go to the Northumberland Arms and have some halloween beer.
I think the propblem is that recently it was observed in a poll that many UK residents feel threatened by gangs of youths roaming the streets behaving in an antisocial manner. Halloween is feared to increase such gangs.
For me, the whole evening is a winner, as all of the girls out and about will be dressed up in sexy costumes, and I am off work tomorrow!
Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4324 times:
Quoting 102IAHexpress (Thread starter): Just curious as I am of the belief that Halloween is our best holiday here in America. I admit Halloween is meaningless and commercial ridden; as is all our other holidays, but at least it’s an equal opportunity holiday. Pretty much everyone can and does celebrate it.
and here it isn't even a holiday - just a normal work or school day. That may have much to do with the fact that so many of us just aren't interested in it particularly. Its fun for small kids, but for everyone else its just really another night of TV, the pub or whatever.
Perhaps if it was a public holiday we might be more enthusiastic
Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
Cosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4319 times:
I think Ryan summed it up perfectly in another thread
Quote: Its gone way too far over this side of the pond, when i think of trick or treat i conjure up an image depicted in the film E.T with kids out dressed up and having parties.I guess the american ideal to me.
But, where i am in reality it is an excuse for Robbery, Criminal Damage and Assaults. Even the kids that are more well behaved through the rest of the year seem to see it as an excuse and acceptable behaviour.
To make matters worse the egging has already started 4 or 5 days prior...
Victor is a role model for us all. when I'm retired I want to be just like him..
I always put out signs telling anyone that I don't celebrate halloween, and that anyone who knocks will not be made welcome. It's glorified bribery "give me something or else I'll egg your house" as far as I'm concerned, they're all fat little rich kids that don't need to beg for food at all.
It's nothing a highpressure hose full of water can't fix however.
"More than 1,000 police officers were on duty in Merseyside on Mischief Night to combat anti-social behaviour."
My wife used to teach at a "special school" in London and after one Halloween one of the kids said that some old geezer didn't give him anything for trick-or treat so he got a couple of bricks through his windows.
What!?!?! I thought you would be staying home with your ear to the wall!!!
I fear that some British kid's often go to far with fireworks. Once they get their hands on them...you know that something bad will happen. However if there is a proper fireworks display on, it can be enjoyable. However if staying at home, turn out the lights and pretend you're not home. Avoid the trick or treaters. Save the treats for yourself!
Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4210 times:
Quoting Cornish (Reply 14): While dressed as Dr Frankenfurter in an attempt to look like you tonight
That rich, coming from a man who took advantage of the dismantling of the Grimsby herring fleet to finally get enough netting together to make one pair of stockings - enough for 25,000 kg of herring or one of your thighs
Quoting Myt332 (Reply 16): Is that what me and him will drink tomorrow afternoon then? Urgh.
Probably. Domestos "Ocean Fresh" with ice, lemon and a cherry.
Quoting Myt332 (Reply 16):
No but they do sell bin liners so I Can emulate your attire
Bin liners ? Mr. Balenciaga will scratch your eyes out !