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Topic # 154445 28-Oct-2014 15:15
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Its that time of year again where retailers love pushing American holidays on us just to make some more money. Personally I don't think it will be long before waiting day is dropped and we are celebrating independence day and we are all driving cars with hoods and trunks.

What I am actually getting at is do you celebrate halloween? 

I personally don't. I usually put a padlock through the latch on the gate and close the curtains.

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  Reply # 1163637 28-Oct-2014 15:29
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No, we don't 'celebrate' Hallowe'en, but each to his own. I have some "No Halloween" signs that I made a few years ago, they go on the two entrances to our property and we never get bothered by Trick-or-Treaters.

At least Halloween doesn't involve fireworks being let off for a month after its celebration.
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  Reply # 1163647 28-Oct-2014 15:37
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My kids (9 & 6) love dressing up. We have a circuit of pre-arranged families who know we are coming and in turn visit us. Kids complain if we call it off when it rains the love it (and the lollies) so much.

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  Reply # 1163677 28-Oct-2014 15:59
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Never celebrated it when I was little and have turned away people at the house some years because we had nothing to give
Most years we don't see anyone which is good

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  Reply # 1163737 28-Oct-2014 16:46
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Our church runs a 'Pumpkin Party' instead (Circus theme this year) and the only dress rules are no witches/blood/gore etc. works wonderfully for ages 3-11, and usually get 800-1000 kids from the community for $3ea.

This gets them a Sosage Sizzle, candy floss, hock fishing, plus heaps of other games and a whole lot of laughs in a safe environment.

Google Franklin Baptist Pumpkin Party and if you're in the area, drop by?

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  Reply # 1163744 28-Oct-2014 16:55
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It seems that the last couple of years the number of people we having calling has dropped quite a bit, now it seems to be teenagers that are trying to scam stuff. They get a short shift.




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  Reply # 1163775 28-Oct-2014 17:04
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nzkiwiman: Never celebrated it when I was little and have turned away people at the house some years because we had nothing to give
Most years we don't see anyone which is good


If you want to guarantee no one knocks on your door put an empty bowl outside with a sign that says "please take one"







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  Reply # 1163845 28-Oct-2014 18:22
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BTR: Its that time of year again where retailers love pushing American holidays on us just to make some more money. Personally I don't think it will be long before waiting day is dropped and we are celebrating independence day and we are all driving cars with hoods and trunks.

What I am actually getting at is do you celebrate halloween? 

I personally don't. I usually put a padlock through the latch on the gate and close the curtains.


No. Fortunately we are way out in the bundu so no one comes knocking here - strange knocking in the dark here is likely to get the hounds released!!

Don't take sweets from strangers children - except on 31 October when Pedobear and his chums stay out of your way....

Talk about mixed messages.





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  Reply # 1163850 28-Oct-2014 18:23
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solaybro:
nzkiwiman: Never celebrated it when I was little and have turned away people at the house some years because we had nothing to give
Most years we don't see anyone which is good


If you want to guarantee no one knocks on your door put an empty bowl outside with a sign that says "please take one"


A friend in the UK buys laxative chocolate and breaks it into squares...!





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  Reply # 1163857 28-Oct-2014 18:35
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I would love not to have anything to do with Halloween, but the growing number of kids participating is making it harder and harder to say no.  Only saving grace we have is that my littlest one scares really easily, so poor thing locks herself in her bedroom in absolute terror for fear the monsters will come into the house.   




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  Reply # 1163900 28-Oct-2014 19:29
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scuwp: I would love not to have anything to do with Halloween, but the growing number of kids participating is making it harder and harder to say no.  Only saving grace we have is that my littlest one scares really easily, so poor thing locks herself in her bedroom in absolute terror for fear the monsters will come into the house.   

 

That's what I hate about Halloween. My dogs used to get very distressed. I put out signs saying, "no trick or treating here, thank you" and this stops the younger children (and parents) but not the teens. 
Halloween, Valentine's Day, Guy Fawkes - no relevance to NZ and should be discouraged IMO. 

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Geektastic: Don't take sweets from strangers children - except on 31 October when Pedobear and his chums stay out of your way....

Talk about mixed messages.


This. As well as agreeing with the OP on following the US celebrations.

My kids have never been trick-or-treating and we put out signs every year that pretty much match exactly what Elpie said above. Two of our kids are adults now and they seem none the worse for not following the pack or the overseas trends.

Commercialism .. Bah humbug indeed!




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  Reply # 1163956 28-Oct-2014 20:52
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I usually just go out with a few like minded friends to a film and/or the pub that night. No one home when they come round, so not an issue.

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  Reply # 1163969 28-Oct-2014 21:16
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solaybro:
nzkiwiman: Never celebrated it when I was little and have turned away people at the house some years because we had nothing to give
Most years we don't see anyone which is good


If you want to guarantee no one knocks on your door put an empty bowl outside with a sign that says "please take one"


in our neighborhood, the bowl would be the first thing gone.




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  Reply # 1163985 28-Oct-2014 21:30
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Geektastic:
solaybro:
nzkiwiman: Never celebrated it when I was little and have turned away people at the house some years because we had nothing to give
Most years we don't see anyone which is good


If you want to guarantee no one knocks on your door put an empty bowl outside with a sign that says "please take one"


A friend in the UK buys laxative chocolate and breaks it into squares...!


Geektastic that made my evening, thanks

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  Reply # 1164064 29-Oct-2014 04:14
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