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Where I live, the city regulates the hours of going house-to-house for candy:  Between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. 

I've actually told my oldest son that he's getting near the end of his 'trick or treating' days---he'll be 11 in nine days.  12 will be about the limit, I think...after that, he'll have to retire, and help his mum pass out candy to the kiddies who come to our house...

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As the originator of the "sourpuss" term in this thread, I apologize to those in the parts of the UK in which Hallowe'en is not such a happy time.  I honestly didn't know.

Loeff, your son may opt out voluntarily, if my experience is any barometer.  My 12-year-old daughter has definitely deemed herself "too cool" for such mundane things as trick-or-treating.8-)  Last night, she preferred to hang out with her friends, flirt with the boys and engage in other rites of passage.  When she came home, she smelled like a Noxcema factory.

It is she who is primarily responsible for me frequenting AJB, as a means to escape thinking about the teenage years just ahead.:s

Hilly...you old devil!

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Sir Hillary Bray wrote:

Loeff, your son may opt out voluntarily, if my experience is any barometer.  My 12-year-old daughter has definitely deemed herself "too cool" for such mundane things as trick-or-treating.8-)

You're probably right about that; I'm already beginning to see the signs...

Sir Hilary Bray wrote:

It is she who is primarily responsible for me frequenting AJB, as a means to escape thinking about the teenage years just ahead.:s

Teenage years  ajb007/amazed

[shudder]

My own were tough enough; I'm not looking forward to experiencing them from a parental perspective  ajb007/insane

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highhopes wrote:


I didn't realize that Halloween (or we'en) vandalism was common, at least in certain areas of England.

Neither did I. I've lived in two major cities in England, grew up in Kent, went to college in Plymouth, stayed with a friend in Nottingham and have never seen any trouble on Halloween night, unless a small group of ten year old girls wearing witches hats constitutes 'trouble'.

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I made it sound like Armageddon didn't I ? ajb007/lol

I didn't mean to. I'm sure there are plenty here in the UK that thoroughly enjoy Halloween. I myself was sitting in a restaurant that was totally decorated for Halloween ( including the staff), had a spooky Karaoke for the kids plus toffee apples etc  As I said, my 9 year old daughter was at a party also. I love seeing the little ones turn up as fairies, witches and ghouls.This is how it should be.

Unfortunately there is an element here though that just use it as an excuse to cause trouble. ( This same element are also causing problems with misusing firework's.) My family are in Liverpool where there were reported problems and I live and work in London which has more than its fair share of issues with unruly youths. Perhaps my view is a little tainted as my own experiences haven't been entirely positive.

I didn't mean to make my US pals all feel bad, thats for sure.The yob culture here is appalling and its just a case of the few ruining it for the majority as per usual.I wish it was like the US when its just a great evening for the kids and more importantly,fun.

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I spent the evening watching It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, followed by Hammer's Scars of Dracula. That double bill definitely put me in the spirit for the night.

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TonyDP wrote:

I spent the evening watching It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, followed by Hammer's Scars of Dracula. That double bill definitely put me in the spirit for the night.

I watched John Carpenter's The Fog and listened to a ghost phone-in on the radio. It was the first day that really felt like winter here and there was a palpable 'halloweeny' feeling in the air...or maybe it was just in my house ajb007/amazed

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arthur pringle wrote:
TonyDP wrote:

I spent the evening watching It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, followed by Hammer's Scars of Dracula. That double bill definitely put me in the spirit for the night.

I watched John Carpenter's The Fog and listened to a ghost phone-in on the radio. It was the first day that really felt like winter here and there was a palpable 'halloweeny' feeling in the air...or maybe it was just in my house ajb007/amazed

That radio phone-in sounds interesting. Back in the 70's there was a weekly radio show called Mystery Theater; it was hosted by E.G. Marshall and most of the episodes had a horror or sci-fi plot. It was a throwback to the classic radio shows of the 30's and 40's and just a hoot to listen to, especially around Halloween. I miss shows like that; the listener's imagination could paint more vivid and frightening images than the best special fx artists.

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I watched the Rankin Bass Claymation classic, Mad Monster Party. ajb007/smile

Anyway, folks, I just learned my sister has had her first born, (a HW baby) -- call me Uncle Alex! ajb007/smile

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Alex wrote:

I watched the Rankin Bass Claymation classic, Mad Monster Party. ajb007/smile

Anyway, folks, I just learned my sister has had her first born, (a HW baby) -- call me Uncle Alex! ajb007/smile

Congrats, Alex ajb007/cheers A Halloween baby? Uncle Alex? And with your avatar? This has got 'Addams Family' written all over it ajb007/wink

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Mr Martini wrote:
taity wrote:

A funny side story is that the local supermarket refused to sell eggs to minors, as a result they were rung up and told that they were going to be egged.  Ahhh, the circle of life.

I work for a grocery store. Our manager tells us not to be afraid to refuse to sell eggs to minors. It usually isn't a problem. Minors don't come through with eggs.

As for the holiday. I don't like Halloween. I agree, kids shouldn't be out begging for candy. If they want to go out trick or treating they should go out with the orange UNICEF boxes and do something good for someone else.

My goodness Martini, someone actually did that when they came to my house! I don't mind Halloween (probably because I'm an American) and I believe it's fun but it's nowhere near my favorite holidays and I've never really gotten into it but I go through the whole process.

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Alex wrote:

I watched the Rankin Bass Claymation classic, Mad Monster Party. ajb007/smile

Anyway, folks, I just learned my sister has had her first born, (a HW baby) -- call me Uncle Alex! ajb007/smile


Alex, congratulations to both you and your sister! This should make for many many fun Halloweens in the years to come. ajb007/cheers

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Lady Rose wrote:

I made it sound like Armageddon didn't I ? ajb007/lol

I didn't mean to. I'm sure there are plenty here in the UK that thoroughly enjoy Halloween. I myself was sitting in a restaurant that was totally decorated for Halloween ( including the staff), had a spooky Karaoke for the kids plus toffee apples etc  As I said, my 9 year old daughter was at a party also. I love seeing the little ones turn up as fairies, witches and ghouls.This is how it should be.

Unfortunately there is an element here though that just use it as an excuse to cause trouble. ( This same element are also causing problems with misusing firework's.) My family are in Liverpool where there were reported problems and I live and work in London which has more than its fair share of issues with unruly youths. Perhaps my view is a little tainted as my own experiences haven't been entirely positive.

I didn't mean to make my US pals all feel bad, thats for sure.The yob culture here is appalling and its just a case of the few ruining it for the majority as per usual.I wish it was like the US when its just a great evening for the kids and more importantly,fun.

Halloween is about the last time American kids are harmless (me included, when I was a kid) ajb007/lol

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Monique wrote:
taity wrote:

Here here!

I dont like the "holiday."  Its so un needed, and so American..

Unneeded and American??? What is that supposed to mean?  Didn't Halloween originate in the United Kingdom with the Celtics and the Druids anyway?

Halloween did yes.  Trick or treating is more of an American concept.

As for it being un-needed, 10 years back NO ONE celebrated Halloween down under.  No one went trick or treating, at least no one that I knew off.  10 years back, I was 10 and went to thee local primary school.  We did nothing for Halloween, not even at the school.  Its something that has sprung up, and yes - I think it is un-needed.  Additionally, little reference is made to the Celtic origins of the holiday.

As has been said alot of pro-Halloween people seem to American.  And alot of the anti - Halloween have been British.  This goes for Dan Same as well, who didnt seem miffed about it being Halloween.

Personanlly, one thing that annoyed me was that we used to celebrate Guy Fawkes night, however this has now been replaced - by Halloween.

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i agree that halloween is more celebrated in America, it is celebraed over here in the uk too but in the UK its mainly students (such as myself) usng it as an excuse to get drunk, kids who genuinly want to have fun and chavs who go around knocking on your door bothering you and asking for cmoney wheras in the us it is usually customary to give candy, and when you refuse the chavs they key your car (well thats what happened to my dad lol)

also on a different matter i hate guy fawkes and it should be banned

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For Halloween this year I was planning on handing out little oatmeal packets to kids who came by while my wife took my son to a kiddie party; to be honest, my wife bought alot of cool little candies that I wanted for myself and didn't want to hand out.

She got onto me and decided to stay home and hand out the candy herself and making me take my son to the party. ajb007/embarrassed

I don't know what all the fuss was about; I was going to hand out a variety of flavors; Apple-Cinnamon, Maple, etc... ajb007/biggrin

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I can just see their faces Rogue.  And they thought Charlie Brown had it bad with his "I got a rock.."

Pretty creative though...maybe next year you can outsmart the wife and sneak some Flintstone's vitamins to them! ajb007/lol ajb007/lol

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Curses! I knew that Rogue had a vile streak but never anything THAT low. ajb007/wink

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JennyFlexFan wrote:

Curses! I knew that Rogue had a vile streak but never anything THAT low. ajb007/wink


Now, JFF...you know you would've taken those packets. C'mon...it's me- tell the truth. ajb007/embarrassed

I will try that next year, 'Nique but I'm sure my wife will expect the unexpected... ajb007/wink

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RogueAgent wrote:

For Halloween this year I was planning on handing out little oatmeal packets to kids who came by while my wife took my son to a kiddie party; to be honest, my wife bought alot of cool little candies that I wanted for myself and didn't want to hand out.

She got onto me and decided to stay home and hand out the candy herself and making me take my son to the party. ajb007/embarrassed

I don't know what all the fuss was about; I was going to hand out a variety of flavors; Apple-Cinnamon, Maple, etc... ajb007/biggrin

The Treater turning the table on the Tricksters. What a wonderfully diabolical idea, Rogue Agent. You could be a Bond villain ajb007/cheers
Why do wives always have to spoil the fun?

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Monique wrote:

ajb007/lol ajb007/lol ajb007/lol

I can just see their faces Rogue.  And they thought Charlie Brown had it bad with his "I got a rock.."

Pretty creative though...maybe next year you can outsmart the wife and sneak some Flintstone's vitamins to them! ajb007/lol ajb007/lol

Mo, those vitamins taste fantastic. Seriously, they do taste like candy. I love them. ajb007/lol

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I know!!! I hated to outgrow them!  I used to eat them like candy too. ajb007/lol

I would have much rather had those than the obligatory apple one or two houses would give us...which of course we could never eat since it could have a razor in it. ajb007/amazed

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It was always upsetting for me to get a gummy worm and be told not to eat it since it has no wrapper.

But... it is a gummy worm... how can I pass that up?

I also didn't like it when people gave out nuts. Come on, nuts? Can't you do better than that?

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Rogue Agent's Oatmeal packs are worse then corn dogs and apples. Heck, then Raisin Brand samples!

Good job ajb007/biggrin

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Yeah, RA is a terrible person, isn't he? ajb007/tongue ajb007/lol

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