Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13711 posts, RR: 21 Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1602 times:
This will be in two parts...
Halloween is here. I do not look forward to the evening. In fact, one despises it.
Firstly, one gets children or teenagers accompanied by adults who are dressed up in Halloween costumes knocking at your door. "Trick or treat" followed by an aura of expectation that one would give them some money or a sweetie.
As institutions go - this isn't a good one and it's damned well annoying. The evening is disrupted. One could be watching television, a DVD or studying hard for maths exams on the 4th November and be intruded by a knock on the door - the tradition being giving those young humans something. How silly and immature. Take young teenagers for example who are more gung-ho about getting something. Why should one be put under pressure and intimidated into giving them something just for dressing up in some weird little costume or else they would egg the house or the family car? Ridiculous. Not only is it a stupid ideology that is ingrained into the minds of young people that such yobbish behaviour might not be acceptable on any other night, but you can probably get away with it on Halloween. How ignorant and cowardice! I do not think much of such people who participate in this act of childishness, theft and terrorisation.
Part two to follow...Bowel movements need to be executed.
Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13711 posts, RR: 21 Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1566 times:
"Easy solution, pal-leave your lights off at night, and don't buy any candy. Problem solved. Then you can hate it by yourself." - I was coming to that.
Now, threatened by acts of terrorism, I will indeed be leaving all the lights off, making sure the TV is on a low volume setting and that my mother will have to put off her food processing for another night.
It's a sad time when people who do not want to squander their money and synergies have to live under a veil of darkness once a year to avoid wastage. Why should the many suffer inconvenience and creature-comfort-discomfort because of the few.
In conclusion, it's all very nice to have Halloween parties, let them go ahead. But the idea that hard-earned currency should be given away because of some foolhardy tradition in my opinion should be outlawed. In a style true to myself....
Qb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4 Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1544 times:
Your lack of culture is what's really shameful here.
All societies have such traditions and celebrations. Halloween comes from the Celtic culture, but others have similar rites as well (Ancient Greeks and Romans, European societies throughout the Middle Ages, etc). It will not go away because you don't like it.
You don't want to give candies to young children? Fine. Wonder who's the real little monster then...
Never let the facts get in the way of a good theory.
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 19 Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1504 times:
Hmmm. I accompany my disgusting little 10 year old on her annual rounds. We go with a large group in the neighborhood. I don't know where you live, but here in America's heartland, if the porch light isn't on, or a jack-o-lantern isn't on the porch, we simply skip the house. Even if there are tons of lights on inside and Chef Boyardee is preparing a feast - we simply skip the house. And in 10 years, I've not seen any terroristic acts directed at anyone who chose not to participate in the holiday. Indeed, when I bring my daughter in at about 8:00 p.m., our porch light goes off and we aren't bothered by the teenagers who tend to wait until the little kids are done. I haven't had my home damaged by them either.
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3371 posts, RR: 10 Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1481 times:
Just do what i do
Put a tv in the living room there, and sit on a rolling chair, and have a bowl of candy by door, so when the doorbell goes off just roll over a foot or 2 open a door throw out a few candys shut the door and roll back to where you are.... The way this house is designed i dont even have to take me eyes off the tv... works fine
AA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13975 posts, RR: 59 Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1460 times:
SQ- Man if buying a buck $5 bag of candy breaks the bank, then you might want to look into your personal spendings. I spent a few bucks on candy for some inner city kids who cam trick or treating here, 5 bucks to make a lot of kids happy is well worth it. Too bad a bitter person like you can't see that.
An-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 45 Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1450 times:
I don't understand what the big deal is here. Singapore_Air expressed his opinion. Let's not start jumping on him for something he said. For some reason, he is flamed worse than some other people who deserve that. I personally do not enjoy Halloween, never went trick or treating, and don't intend to, and I'll be at work anyway. As for being a shitty parent - not everything should revolve around family and kids, that's for sure.
Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
IHadAPheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6026 posts, RR: 59 Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1424 times:
If Halloween with it's alllowing children to have an enjoyable time with their families is so horrid to SA I sure hope he never finds out about the Day of the Dead, can you imagine the horror of honoring the memoy of dead relatives and friends.
In fact this Halloween I am quite upset, for the reason that I have to work 1500-2300 and will be unable to go with my 2 year old daughter this year. Instead I'll be in the ER having watching people suffer and deal with illness and death. Trust me on this one I would love to spend an hour or two with my daughter enjoying Halloween than being at work being reminded of my own mortality and the very real possibilty that I may not have the amount of time to see my daughter grow that I enjoy any chance to enjoy a fun night out with her.
So Halloween is "disgusting" but testing airline tampons, the quality of toilet flushing and the number of employee smiles isn't. I for one would rather enjoy watching the kids on Halloween than poop spin in a toilet any day.
Pray hard but pray with care For the tears that you are crying now Are just your answered prayers
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12706 posts, RR: 80 Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1396 times:
It's harmless, however trick or treat is relatively new in the UK, I'd not heard of it until a news programme showed American kids doing it in the late 1970's.
I suppose you'd have reason to complain if the kids put a 'UK Spin' on this activity, which has been known to happen, like emptying your dustbin outside your door, or putting dogshit through your letterbox, if you refuse them their treat.
What might piss some off though is that Halloween is very close to Guy Fawkes night on November 5th, where kids make a dummy representing the man who tried to blow up Parliament and ask for a 'penny for the Guy', the dummy will be for burning on bonfires as part of the firework displays.
Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13711 posts, RR: 21 Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1389 times:
"I suppose you'd have reason to complain if the kids put a 'UK Spin' on this activity, which has been known to happen, like emptying your dustbin outside your door, or putting dogshit through your letterbox, if you refuse them their treat."
Tis true. I'd also have reason if there was a virtual obligation to give them some sort of capital to appease them and make them go away.
As for the Guy Fawkes thing, I've never had that done to me....and hopefully never will.
Airplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1382 times:
This opinion of Halloween, exposes more than a lack of tolerance. Using words like "disgust" is pretty strong to describe something that is no more than an "annoyance".
Describing Halloween as sponsored stated terrorism is pretty extreme too. This is beyond someone demonstrating reasonable disdain for a tradition. This is just bitter ranting from an extremest point of view.
So...like others have said, you need to get over this and deal with it in your own way, be it by succumbing to the tradition and passing candy, or just putting a sign out front asking people not to bother you. You'll feel much better for it.
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12426 posts, RR: 40 Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1377 times:
I don't mind kids trick or treating at all, its when people take advantage of it it starts to tick me off. All of the children in the council estates get together, no matter how old (15 or 16, some of them), all group up in 10's and then they come round to our housing estates with black binbags asking for stuff. If they don't get it, the usual will occur. Either, they'll throw eggs at your house, or break in at a later date, or throw eggs or flour at a later date, key your car, destroy your garden, etc etc.
Same with carol singing. Some of them do many 3 lines of a song then ask for ££££'s.
I don't like it.
25 Airplanepics: Singapore_Air; Have a heart, its just some kids having a good time. Now, threatened by acts of terrorism How can you say something like that? How is h
26 LHMark: Singapore, you could always take a page out of the Jim Rome playbook and give the kiddies cough drops.
27 Lehpron: " "Trick Or Treat!" - A Disgusting Institution" Are you one of those scrooges that puts razor blades in apples?
28 Cancidas: Singapore_Air, dude, you have problems. if you don't like something then simply don't partake in it. lock yourself in your house and don't answer the
29 ProSimTec: Based on SQ's fan's comments, I would have guessed that it was a 74 year old man ranting (I apologize to all you 74 year olds who still love Halloween
30 UPSfueler: Get a life dude. I for one enjoy Halloween and look forward to having a fun night. You need to quit bitching about nothing and crawl back in to your h
31 Aaron747: I've never been too crazy about Halloween but I follow the institution anyway. Why? Because KIDS LOVE IT. Depriving children of something they enjoy i
32 Aloha717200: I dont enjoy halloween as much as I used to, and a good reason for that is that all of the trick-or-treaters who once used to come to the door, now go
33 ElectraBob: How would you like to have to tell a small child who lives, or once lived in an area affected by the California wildfires that there can be no Hallowe
34 Singapore_Air: Oh please! Bring out the sickbags. At its best form the notion of "trick or treat" is giving away ones money and getting no benefit in return. Oh hell
35 ScarletHarlot: Singapore_Air, aren't you too busy posting sexually suggestive word associations to bother with Halloween or this post?
36 Singapore_Air: Maybe it got disrupted by two children who knocked on the door despite no lights fully visible from the outside except for the faint light that comes
37 JBirdAV8r: Oh God. Someone call the police....there's no telling what he did to those kids. Just because other kids made fun of you on Halloween when you were li
38 Singapore_Air: I've never participated... I was enlightened from almost the beginning.
39 N766UA: One could be watching television... God forbid they interrupt your Matlock marathon!
40 Aloha717200: Singapore Air: At its best form the notion of "trick or treat" is giving away ones money and getting no benefit in return. I find quite a bit of benef
41 USAFHummer: Admittedly I was (and am) never one to participate in Halloween or associatedactivities past the age of 6 or 7 for a variety of reasons, however, this
42 Alpha 1: I've never participated... I was enlightened from almost the beginning. Amazing, for someone who's never seen the light of an intelligent thought his
43 IHadAPheo: The more I read his post he more I am convinced that our favorite Halloween Hater is not a 16-20- year old young man but is in fact a bitter 40 someth
44 Singapore_Air: "Where's your sense of giving? Does it always have to be about you and you alone?" I give to charity regularly on the street. Difference is I'm not th
45 Dragon-wings: I give to charity regularly on the street. Difference is I'm not threatened and not inconvenienced. Your threatened by little kids coming to your hous
46 Singapore_Air: I'm threatened by the fact that if I do not give away my money for no reason, as in the pure form of capital itself or as a product such as sweets, th
47 Rindt: He's afraid that that little 8 year old kid dressed up in his ninja-turtles costume is going to pistol-whip him and steal the massive $2.09 he has as
48 Alpha 1: Singapore Air, do you not realize what a blathering fool you've made yourself into with this thread? I feel sorry for you, because you obviously don't
49 JetService: I just read over this thread and I'm trying to figure out if its a joke or not.
50 Yyz717: Alpha 1's comments to Singapore_Air because Singapore_Air dared to venture a personal opinion about Halloween: 1. Maybe you're the one that needs to g
51 Alpha 1: Yyz717, now you're just out for personal vendetta, because I've called your bluff on other threads. Is that the best you can do with your time. You're
52 Yyz717: Alpha, the issue is your method of discussion, as witnessed above. Hurl insults and labels with abandon. No tables unturned. It's over the top and unn
53 Alpha 1: Alpha, the issue is your method of discussion, as witnessed above. No, that's not the issue. The issue is that somehow I've hurt your little feelings,
54 Singapore_Air: "I feel sorry for you, because you obviously don't understand what people are saying to you on this one." Funny how you would like that wouldn't you.
55 IHadAPheo: So you will give someone the "prize" (not a surprise since the prize IS someone else's idea) but to make a child happy and SMILE (we know you like to
56 Singapore_Air: Correct, giving something the prize did not inconvenience me I did not have to spend capital that I would not otherwise spend doing so (the electricit
57 777236ER: Oh man, I bet people love you at school.
58 Singapore_Air: Even if I said I was quite popular, I think there's an already headstrong opinion on that anyway, so what's the point?
59 IHadAPheo: The point would be .... standing up for yourself and not proving the other person's opinion by your answer. But then when the best reply a person can
60 Shawn Patrick: Singapore, Never had such problems here. Sorry if 1) British kids are bastards 2) You live in a shitty neighborhood (ghetto) with messed up, violent k
61 Singapore_Air: Such a reply implies that I would actually have participated in such an extortionate scheme. I resent that disparity.
62 777236ER: Even if I said I was quite popular, I think there's an already headstrong opinion on that anyway, so what's the point? It wasn't a question.
63 Singapore_Air: But it was a statement of falsity designed to instigate a response from the subject and you got one.
64 IHadAPheo: Wow someone sure turned up the verbosity control to 11, I see a career in politics ... answer a question with an unrelated reply designed to distract
65 IndustrialPate: Wow someone sure turned up the verbosity control to 11, I see a career in politics ... answer a question with an unrelated reply designed to distract