It's that halloween time again

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It's that halloween time again

Post  froogs on Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:29 pm

Do you do the whole halloween thing?

I have done, had adults parties, had parties just for family and their children but this year it's just us two and the girls.

I'm going to face paint and hair decorate this year (mainly because they grown out of the costumes) we'll make some decorations, a pumpkin and some autumn fayre for tea that night.

I'll post any pic ideas I come across whilst browsing.
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Post  life_in_termoil on Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:23 pm

I dont bother with Halloween any more. Last year I bought loads of sweets to give to trick or treaters but noone called!

Kids will insist on a pumpkin but thats about it.
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Post  Bitsy Beans on Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:25 pm

I did my first every pumpkin carving last year. Will probably do that again as the kids loved it. I took them trick or treating round to my mums house and a few specified local friends/neighbours. No one I think knocked our door but TBH I am not keen on kids going to strangers, I prefer it to be houses I know.
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Re: It's that halloween time again

Post  Rosie on Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:51 am

Hmm, one stupid tradition that the Americans should have kept to themselves in my opinion.
When my daughter was young we always did a pumpkin but not the dressing up & trick or treat.
I can't buy into this one at all.
I don't answer the door that evening.
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Post  froogs on Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:06 am

I get a bit freaked out if the door goes at night on halloween. You just don't know what divvy will be standing there, how upset they may be if they get sweets not money. i'll answer it till dusk when it's little ones but once it's dark that's it....nada.
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Post  Bitsy Beans on Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:20 am

If it was escorted small children I'd play along BUT it tends to be teenagers wanting money grrrrr
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Post  lollyfin on Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:42 pm

In the craftseller magazine this month they have quite a few halloween ideas and a pattern for a pumpkin out fit.
The outfit pattern is for age3-5 or 6-8 I wont be using it so if anyone wants it just pm me and i can send it to you with the instructions
they have halloween bunting, monster invites,how to ice ready made biscuits to look like witches, making a wizards hat, pencil toppers,a spider, a bag, a bat mask and choc fudge cupcakes thats the stuff in the insert havent had time to look in the actual magazine yet
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Re: It's that halloween time again

Post  flibsey on Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:57 pm

We do halloween, but not as you'd know it Wink
I'm a pagan and as such, it's my new year. jim is atheist and soph is being raised open minded.... it's called Samhain (pronounced Sowen)

we have a big special meal, talk about the last year in detail; what we enjoyed in the last year, what we disliked etc what we can change...write down things we wish to change and bad things on bits of paper.
then we go into the garden, light a fire and burn the bits of paper, thank the sun etc and then go inside fr hot chocolate.

we don't do trick or treating as it's actually based on an ancient pagan tradition. you are given a bag on Samhain night and over the next year you put in things to remind you of stuff you have done, disliked, liked etc then on the next Samhain night you empty your bag and do what I said above!
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Post  appletree on Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:38 am

Rosie wrote:Hmm, one stupid tradition that the Americans should have kept to themselves in my opinion.
When my daughter was young we always did a pumpkin but not the dressing up & trick or treat.
I can't buy into this one at all.
I don't answer the door that evening.

this is what I think too, we do a pumpkin for the kids, but have never gone trick or treating, nor do we answer the door to trick or treaters. When its Halloween we hibernate, close the curtains, turn all the lights off and pretend no-ones in!
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Post  TP on Fri Oct 07, 2011 12:56 am

I dont remember this when growing up? I dont remember doing anything? When did it start to become popular in the uk etc?

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Post  Bitsy Beans on Sat Oct 08, 2011 5:06 am

I remember going to a Halloween party in my cousins village when I was probably about 8, hated it because they only had ribena to drink and I don't like it Embarassed As a child from the mid 70's so that would have made it circa 1983 so whilst trick or treating wasnt popluar some places did have Halloween parties.

flibsey - I didn't know it was pronounced sowen......I always read it in my head as sam-hain Embarassed I am not a Christian by any means (although being a complete hypocrite I do love Christmas Embarassed ) and have always felt more pagan in my "leanings" IYKWIM. Any useful websites you could point me to for futher reading on paganism? Am quite curious Very Happy
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Post  TP on Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:03 am

There are loads of costumes in the shops do children have a different one each year?

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Post  alec eiffel on Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:46 am

I remember going to a Hallowe'en party when I was in the Brownies so I must have been about 10 but that was a one off and I didn't know of anyone doing anything for it until about 9 years ago. There was an article in the paper last year about how many millions more people forked out for it in 2009 than the year before. I saw something today that said a survey from one of the big supermarkets think about £300 million will be spent this year!

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Re: It's that halloween time again

Post  TP on Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:01 am

anyone get any trick or treaters?

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Post  alec eiffel on Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:13 pm

We had one lot but I had eaten all the sweets so I hid Very Happy

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Re: It's that halloween time again

Post  stiltwalker on Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:37 pm

We had loads of them - our village does Halloween big style with anyone who wants to join in putting a pumpkin or other spooky decorations out. I took DD for the first time with a bunch of our friends and she loved it. Lots of the doors were answered by people in costume or at least a witchy hat too including one amazing woman who came out in full witchy costume and kept in character! Mad as a bucket of frogs but rather wonderful. We were a real mixed bunch of ages from DD at 2 1/2 to my friends lad of 17, all in costume. Funny moment when one of the older ones told DD it was her turn to knock so she looked at the door and shouted "knocking" at the top of her not very loud voice! There was a real party atmosphere and all the kids were very polite and in costume and we got our last caller at about 8 so no late ones either, mind you was a good job as we'd nearly run out of goodies. Some of the houses were offering fruit and home baked stuff as well as the usual sweets.

When I was growing up my parents didn't really approve of trick or treating and we were never allowed to go and to be fair if we still lived in town I think I'd be the same with DD but since the village we live in now is such a community (and a very family based one at that - we have a lot of young kids in the village) it's different. Plus with that many people making such a wonderful effort how can you not go out and enjoy it!
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Post  TP on Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:53 am

We didnt get any knock but then you cant get to our front door we are behind a big gate that you cant get in from the outside unless we know your calling. Smile Smile Saw a few walking the streets from the window though.

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