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Lucydogz Mon 31-Oct-16 13:56:05

I went into town today, and there was so much crap merchandise on the Halloween theme, all of which will be in the bin tomorrow. Plus loads of shop assistants wearing related costumes and makeup. I'm so old that my children were brought up pre-trick or treat - I remember watching ET and not knowing what they were doing . I probably come across as a grumpy old woman, but it just seems such a waste.

Murphysgirl Mon 31-Oct-16 13:58:05

I completely agree but I also admit I am a grumpy (not that old) woman!

NightWanderer Mon 31-Oct-16 14:02:25

I bought up a load of stuff cheap for next year. Cant wait! Just wondering what to do with myself during November until i can put up the christmas decorations. thlgrin

Giratina Mon 31-Oct-16 14:05:01

I'm with you on the tat decorations that end up in landfill, but what's the issue with shop assistants dressing up? It's just a bit of fun. Unless the costumes are inappropriate or overly gory I don't see a problem with that.

Laiste Mon 31-Oct-16 14:09:58

Firstly you're not allowed to hate Halloween on here, because it's so much FUN apparently, so not many will stick their head over the parapet and agree with you.

My thoughts are yep it's a bit of fun for young kids to dress up, help do a pumpkin, maybe do a bit of trick or treating and eat sweets for a couple of hours before bedtime and that's about it. So many people go waaaaay OTT now though. I blame social media. It's quite obviously a big competition to be the one who made the most effort.

I'm not hugely fussed on it but I wouldn't say I hate it. All of my friends are getting dressed up and going out and posting on Facebook constantly about how amazing it is, but I just can't get excited about it. DD is dressed as Thor today though, trying to get into the spirit of it all.

PigletWasPoohsFriend Mon 31-Oct-16 14:12:41

I agree OP.

However expect to be told to stop being miserable as it's all 'just a bit of fun'

Mymothersdaughter Mon 31-Oct-16 14:13:18

I can't wait to turn all the lights off and hide in my house tonight as though Halloween didn't exist. No candy from me!

MrsJayy Mon 31-Oct-16 14:15:13

Ive always hated it its such a hooha the Dds call me miserable they are probably right grin

FlopIsMyParentingGuru Mon 31-Oct-16 14:15:32

I don't particularly like it.
I don't like children standing on old people's doorsteps demanding sweets. I don't like scary teenagers at my door giving my children fear each time the doorbell goes for a week later.
It could be a great community time but it just stinks of greed and fear right now.

KondosSecretJunkRoom Mon 31-Oct-16 14:15:57

I love Halloween.

My tat doesn't end up in a landfill, I keep it under the stairs for the next year.

mammybops Mon 31-Oct-16 14:22:09

I hate Guy Fawkes celebrations more but will join you in the hate Halloween club.

FlyingElbows Mon 31-Oct-16 14:25:51

You're so old your children were brought up pre trick or treat? You must be hundreds of years old! Our halloween stuff lives in an enormous box and just grows every year.

Mumofttwins Mon 31-Oct-16 14:26:51


I can't think of anything worse than knocking on strangers doors, asking for sweets. I'm not old either.

I have a couple of buckets full of sweets for those that do come round.

I'm such a joy grin

BarInSpace Mon 31-Oct-16 14:30:26

YANBU. Glad someone else feels the same! There are always loads of threads about Christmas being "wasteful" so it should be possible for some of us to be grumpy about Halloween too thlgrin (What's the Halloween equivalent of Scrooge?)

The doorbell will ring repeatedly later, and while it's fun to see people I know with children enjoying the Trick or Treating and costumes, it's not so enjoyable to have to plaster on a grin and proffer sweets to the surly teenagers I've never seen before, with their unsmiling parents. So although I wouldn't tell people IRL, I'll be relieved when it's done for another year.

badtasteflump Mon 31-Oct-16 14:30:31

Flying I am not hundreds of years old and when I was a kid hardly anybody bothered with Halloween - there definitely wasn't all the 'stuff' in the shops you get now - Halloween was just a (little) warm up to Guy Fawkes then. I think it's a shame that Halloween has taken over now, and Guy Fawkes night is forgotten in it all, but there you go, times change etc...

If I were young now though, I know I would love all the Halloween hype, so I go along with it for the sake of the DC. If you don't want to join in you don't have to - just don't answer the door to anybody you're not expecting tonight, simple as that...

hazeyjane Mon 31-Oct-16 14:31:01

We keep our decorations year after year. The kids love getting their costumes together and put loads of thought into it. We only trick or treat people with pumpkins out, usually houses we know. I love seeing what costumes kids are wearing who come round, little ones and big ones.

Eolian Mon 31-Oct-16 14:31:31

YANBU to hate Halloween - everyone's entitled to their own opinion. YABU about the tat. Shops are full of umpteen kinds of disposable tat every day of the year. Sometimes it's season-specific, themed tat. The rest of the year it's just... tat. You can buy tat or not buy tat at Halloween , just like you can the rest of the year.

My dc will be wearing home-made costumes which they thoroughly enjoyed creating with dh's help, have carved pumpkins whose insides have been made into lovely soup. No tat, no waste. They will be going on a torchlit walk through the woods, apple bobbing, and going to a few houses of people they know who will happily give them some sweets.

Halloween, like any festival, is what you make it.

AnneTwacky Mon 31-Oct-16 14:32:00

We don't do Halloween because of our religion, so are off out to a light party instead.
Have nothing against giving sweeties away but hate the whole trick or treat thing. It would be great if people could respect that and not repeatedly knock on the door when we don't answer it. There are plenty of people who do want to participate.
We shouldn't have to feel like we have to hide in our own house.

OracleofDelphi Mon 31-Oct-16 14:35:04

I grew up abroad where my dad worked for an American company. As such, Halloween was Massive! Everybody had parties, everyone dressed up, houses were all decorated to the max, and it was brilliant. However I never went to a Bonfire night until an early teen, and I hated it.

Still do, I am pertrified of fireworks and cant take my children. DH loves fireworks so it works out well. I think its loud, and noisy and scary and totally unnecessary..... So if you want to hate Halloween thats fine, but others do like it - and thats fine too.

thingsthatgoflumpinthenight Mon 31-Oct-16 14:35:21

But you don't have to hide, just don't answer the door!

soupmaker Mon 31-Oct-16 14:36:08

I'd like Halloween if it wasn't so bloody commercialised. When I was a kid in the 1970's it was all homemade dressing up, dooking for apples, taking bites out of treacle covered rolls suspended on a broomstick and one night of it at most. I'm Scottish so there was no trick or treating, guising only. For some reason I also really object to pumpkins, it's turnips that lanterns should be made from FFS.

I can't bear it basically but do my best for the kids.

5th of November however I bloody love.

BarInSpace Mon 31-Oct-16 14:37:16

If you don't answer the door but are clearly in, I expect some visitors may assume you want a "trick". Same with refusing sweets to hard-faced people I've never met. I'll be honest, it can be intimidating.

MrsJayy Mon 31-Oct-16 14:40:37

Not that keen on guy fawkes night either im clearly a miserable fecker

KondosSecretJunkRoom Mon 31-Oct-16 14:40:48

As a parent, I'm so glad to be around for the turnip-pumpkin changeover. When I remember my grandma going at that turnip with the knife like a woman possessed -well, I think I'd do myself an injury.

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