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AIBU to be completely pissed off with Halloween?

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inabizzlefam Fri 28-Oct-16 22:05:04

Since when did we (the UK) start "celebrating Halloween?
Isn't it some weird american tradition?
I get Bonfire Night, fireworks, Penny for the Guy, etc, but all this Halloween shit everywhere (TV, supermarkets,etc) is seriously pissing me off. As if we don't have enough on with christmas decorations in the October, FFS.
To cap it all I now find myself being nagged senseless by my DCs to take them Trick or Treating, which I loathe. The joy in traipsing round the neighbourhood in the dark, freezing cold, bored shitless, knocking on peoples doors, "begging" sweets off them is ludicrous......I could buy a huge tub of sweets for my own DCs and get to sit in my nice warm house, not pissing off my neigbours....everyone's a winner. Neighbours get left in peace and DCs get to stuff themselves full of crap.
Apparantly, I am being a killjoy and "not entering into the spirit of the celebration".
What celebration? It's a bloody american celebration. What next, Thanksgiving? (TBH I have no idea what thats all about either....2 christmas dinners?

JustCallMeKate Fri 28-Oct-16 22:13:20

Since when did we (the UK) start "celebrating Halloween?

I'm actually getting really fucking irritated with these threads now. I have always celebrated Halloween/Samhain.

For us, we have friends round, each person brings a dish of food as we celebrate the end of the harvest and the beginning of the darker nights. It's not hard to understand FFS.

iloveredwine Fri 28-Oct-16 22:14:07

I am the same as you until the children were able to have a voice of their own I hid in lounge with door shut and in darkness and ignored any doorbells. Now its all about the trick or treating and costumes! I am glad when it's all over!

JustCallMeKate Fri 28-Oct-16 22:14:33

Furthermore, it's not always been an American tradition. 🙄

JenLindleyShitMom Fri 28-Oct-16 22:14:50

I'm 30 and it was always celebrated in my house as a child. Halloween was always a thing for us. (We are in NI)

leccybill Fri 28-Oct-16 22:16:30

I'm all a bit over every shop, cafe, pub and library being decorated for Halloween- just more stuff to buy and have hanging around the house isn't it?!
Bored of it and it's not until bloody Monday.

gunting Fri 28-Oct-16 22:16:31

Pretty sure Halloween has been celebrated for my entire lifetime and long before that.

Stop being so miserable! It's loads of fun.

WindInThePussyWillows Fri 28-Oct-16 22:18:10

How is a holiday which originates from the Celts and their celebration of Samhain an American thing?hmm

DoesAnyoneReadTheseThings Fri 28-Oct-16 22:18:16

Didn't Halloween originate in Ireland? I live in England and have always celebrated it regardless.

Why is it a problem to 'adopt' celebrations anyway? If America celebrate something and we can also celebrate it, why not? Same goes for any country. Surely anything joyful/fun/happy we can incorporate into our lives and community the better...

soundsystem Fri 28-Oct-16 22:18:16


And a bit ignorant.

Hallowe'en has been celebrated in parts of the UK for a long time.

As justcallmeKate says it's not that hard to understand.

If you're not a fan fair enough, but it's not a new/American thing.

Mollymoo78 Fri 28-Oct-16 22:18:31

It actually originates from British end of samhain harvest celebrations - our immigrants brought it to America.

autumnintheair Fri 28-Oct-16 22:19:05

I think it depends where you live, if your neighbor all decorated and entered into the spirit of it - its really lovely much nicer way to spend an evening than stuck in doors. but if your area is not into it - and there is no where to knock really its a bit flat.

Lionking1981 Fri 28-Oct-16 22:19:10

Yes YABU. I remember celebrating in the 80's so it's hardly a new thing. If you don't want to go trick or treating, don't go. If you don't want trick or treaters, don't put a pumpkin out and don't answer the door. It's just a fun thing others enjoy - don't get het up about it.

StormyLovesOdd Fri 28-Oct-16 22:20:36

I agree with you. I'm getting the same nagging from my DD.

Halloween isn't the same as samhaim surely? The OP is talking about how hallower has been comercialised the same way Christmas has, it's just another excuse to get us all to buy endless decorations and tat that we don't need.

HirplesWithHaggis Fri 28-Oct-16 22:20:48

Hallowe'en and guising have been celebrated for generations in Scotland and Ireland, it's not some weird American thing. Emigrants took it there, it's crossed back with some variants. Meh.

PigletWasPoohsFriend Fri 28-Oct-16 22:21:04

Stop being so miserable! It's loads of fun.

Just because someone doesn't like something it doesn't make them miserable!

Cluesue Fri 28-Oct-16 22:25:40

I've done it all my life and I'm 40 so hardly new,decorating the house is,which I could do without but I do it for my dds as they enjoy it

MaryField Fri 28-Oct-16 22:25:46

I'm 60 and my mum used to put two carved swedes on the mantelpiece every Halloween, this would have been early 1960s. Pumpkins have only been easy to come by in the last couple of decades, hence the swedes I suppose. I married in 1979 and decorated our flat that year with cardboard skeletons etc that were obviously for sale back then. Our children, mid-twenties now, lived for Halloween! They also used to white up to go 'souling' with the local church. Is this the same day as Halloween? I can't remember now, it was all part of the same celebration as far as the children were concerned.

inabizzlefam Fri 28-Oct-16 22:26:25

Yes, it's the comercialisation and endless nagging from DCs to buy into this crap that I abhor.
It's bad enough that christmas has been turned into a 3 month long fest, but Halloween is catching up.

Mindtrope Fri 28-Oct-16 22:28:15

My gran was born in 1890, and celebrated Halloween in the UK, including dressing up as something scary and going round doors for sweets with a turnip lantern.

jelliebelly Fri 28-Oct-16 22:29:36

YABU it's fun to carve pumpkins and kids love dressing up - trick or treat in our village is a real family affair and most enter into the spirit of it.

JustCallMeKate Fri 28-Oct-16 22:30:33

It's bad enough that christmas has been turned into a 3 month long fest, but Halloween is catching up.

You do know some religions celebrate it for a reason don't you? probably not

RebootYourEngine Fri 28-Oct-16 22:33:29

What i dont like about halloween is that people think that its ok to knock on my door and ask for sweets when my house is not decorated for halloween and my lights are switched off.

KathArtic Fri 28-Oct-16 22:33:54

Nearly all kids love dressing up and pretending to frighten everyone, and getting few tonne of sweets. But if you hate it so much and can't make a little effort then it' a shame for your children.

ThatStewie Fri 28-Oct-16 22:34:25

Ah, October on Mumsnet: when huge numbers of Little Englanders display their complete ignorance of the history and customs of the rest of the isles. Then backtrack when their lack of historical knowledge is pointed out with some good old fashioned prejudice to bolster their whining about the whole world not being English. August with its 'you must be forrin if your kids are back at school now' is almost as tedious.

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