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Old Oct 31, 2006, 10:02 PM
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Halloween pet peeves...

Just curious what it is about halloween and all that goes on that just bugs people. I was out with my kids tonight and saw one that bugged me to no end. The lazy parents taking their kids out, by letting the kids walk around, as the parent drove in their car, slowly moving from house to house... lazy, down right lazy.
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Old Oct 31, 2006, 10:05 PM
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How about a parent coming to your door with a sleeping baby in their arms... and I mean baby ... begging for candy 'for the kid'. Like a 10 month old can eat a tootsie roll.
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Old Nov 01, 2006, 01:22 AM
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What bugs me is Aussie kids trying to cash in on a mainly American....oops, sorry, ancient Celtic....festival when it's virtually unknown here
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Old Nov 01, 2006, 01:33 AM
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Just curious what it is about halloween and all that goes on that just bugs people. I was out with my kids tonight and saw one that bugged me to no end. The lazy parents taking their kids out, by letting the kids walk around, as the parent drove in their car, slowly moving from house to house... lazy, down right lazy.
Maybe the parent is disabled?

At least they are taking the time to be with the kids.

I think there are bigger things to get bugged about.
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Old Nov 01, 2006, 06:22 AM
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What bugs me is Aussie kids trying to cash in on a mainly American....oops, sorry, ancient Celtic....festival when it's virtually unknown here
As festivals and traditions go, I think Halloween is a pretty cool one. People here start to celebrate it too, though it's not yet as big a thing as it is in the 'states.
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Old Nov 01, 2006, 06:34 AM
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Kids too old to participate, yet continuing to do so. Last night, on several occasions, teenagers sporting High School sweatshirts as their only costume brushed past much younger children to great me with a mumbled and surly "trick or treat". If you are old enough to drive yourself, you are too old for trick or treat.
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Old Nov 01, 2006, 06:39 AM
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Just curious what it is about halloween and all that goes on that just bugs people. I was out with my kids tonight and saw one that bugged me to no end. The lazy parents taking their kids out, by letting the kids walk around, as the parent drove in their car, slowly moving from house to house... lazy, down right lazy.
I gotta second that.

America is getting fatter, and people riding around on Halloween like they are going through the drive-thru at McD's.

I can see that in a country setting, but city blocks?

Get out and walk, it won't kill you.

If you can't walk, get in your wheel chair and ride down the sidewalk with your child.
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Old Nov 01, 2006, 07:00 AM
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Sick of the way that it's been globalised and commercialised and had all that Trick or Treat nonsense grafted onto it over here.

All Hallow's Eve used to be the night before All Saints Day, when you went to Mass. The eve of that day you did duck apple and suchlike. None of this going door to door and demanding money with menaces.

The big event was a few days later - Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes night, which actually celebrated a Catholic terrorist. That was the biggie for us. Penny for the Guy, fireworks and bonfires. Not trick or treat.
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Old Nov 01, 2006, 07:32 AM
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Sick of the way that it's been globalised and commercialised and had all that Trick or Treat nonsense grafted onto it over here.

All Hallow's Eve used to be the night before All Saints Day, when you went to Mass. The eve of that day you did duck apple and suchlike. None of this going door to door and demanding money with menaces.

The big event was a few days later - Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes night, which actually celebrated a Catholic terrorist. That was the biggie for us. Penny for the Guy, fireworks and bonfires. Not trick or treat.
The trick or treat aspect of Halloween was starting to take hold in Berlin while I was there. Mostly, it was the locals living around the cluster of US housing areas joining in, but it was starting to spread. First time I ever thought the US paying reperations might be in order. On behalf of all Americans, I appologize to the German people if this infection spread.
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We were at Kaiserlautern in the late 80's. Yes, it has spread. The German kids came to the US housing, looking for American chocolate. They didn't want any Gummi-crap, and they definitely turned their noses up over the European hazel-nut flavored pseudo-chocolate!

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Old Nov 01, 2006, 07:53 AM
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Maybe the parent is disabled?
No, they are not, they are lazy. Does it bother you that it bothers me that due to some lazy slob, there are more cars on the road, with drivers watching their kids, but causing more of a danager to all kids as they creep down the road, blocking half of it? How strange.

Does the constitution say I can't be bugged by it or something?
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Old Nov 01, 2006, 08:10 AM
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Purchased a neat looking foam pumkin with flickering light and other decorations for the front porch. Got plenty of candy. Dug out a mask (scary) I still had left over from a college class. Turned on the proch light.

No trick or treaters. Many drove past headed elsewhere.

Seems most in my area (just moved here) take the children to malls and WallMart to avoid the walking around and ringing doorbells.

Next year I will take in a movie.
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Old Nov 01, 2006, 08:11 AM
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Sick of the way that it's been globalised and commercialised and had all that Trick or Treat nonsense grafted onto it over here.
It's utter lunacy, same with everything though, you can even buy Easter cards these days. Not that I blame America exclusively, in fact this year I have probably been more annoyed by the ten year old 'penny for the guy' racketeers round at the local shops. Their 'guy' consisted of nothing more than some tracksuit bottoms and a jumper laid flat on the floor. I gave them a penny, they weren't happy.
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Old Nov 01, 2006, 08:12 AM
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Not the cheapie chocolate, the better stuff, like Hershey's, etc. The Eurostuff tasted too much like filbert nuts. The kids wanted stuff with peanuts and almonds.

We still can buy German stuff at the Comissary, especially at this time of year. The Ritter bars aren't bad, provided you stick to the dark chocolate. The light stuff tastes like milk chocolate. YUCK! Even as a kid, I couldn't stand it.

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