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Thursday, October 21, 2010
The Return of... "No Need To Fear"
Usually, for many the favorite Halloween color represented is your basic orange and black combination. Additionally, the event is largely associated with the use of symbolic images like, jack-o-lanterns, witches, scary stories etc.
It may sounds like a lot of fun, but it's not necessarily fun for everyone. There are some religious skeptics who have voiced serious concerns over the years, due to their belief that Halloween, is in direct conflict with their specific faith teachings.
They believe that any association with Halloween has become less about fun and celebration, but more about Satan and demon worshipping. Ouch!
I grew up living with a very strict and religious family and can't ever remember going trick or treating. Sometimes I wonder and ask myself, was I really that sheltered? Did I somehow miss out on something?
The next big question or complaint about Halloween is at what age should one stop trick or treating? ummm.
This situation is one that probably is no big deal, but there have been times when I've responded to my front door expecting little cute and adorable youngesters, dressed in angel; spounge bob; batman; whinny the pooh; and spiderman get ups. Each and every one of them, tiny little people, with cute tiny little voices attempting to articlulate, those famous 3 words... TRICK or TREAT. . Wonderful Right?.... Wrong!!
After a few of those incidents, I now never let them reach into the goody tray anymore. Ha,Ha, Ha.....
Thank Goodness, there are lots of other options available to attract those older Halloweener's, who wish to celebrate this event. One of the options is to do what I'm doing and just pass out treats and call it a night.
Happy Halloween or should I say... TRICK or TREAT!
* This is a repost of an original archived item dated, 10/26/09, with minimal photo rearrangements.
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True, Clarence.. When I was a kid, no one over the age of 12 went trick and treating. Now high school seniors practically knock down my door at 9pm, in ghoulish costumes, eager to add another miniature hershey's chocolate bar to their already overflowing bag of treats.ReplyDelete
This whole trick or treat thing is still relativley new in the UK, certainly it wasn't around when my own kids were little, just 10 - 15 years ago. But most things eventually make it over the Atlantic and trick or treating seems here to stay and in our town centres, shop windows are adorned.
Within a few years, it has become a night when crime statistics go up. Youthes, with very big feet, use Halloween as an excuse to intimidate people out of money. Because it is so recent here, most householders without children wouldn't think of getting in trays of sweets for door knockers.
So these youths turn up in gangs, with their latex masks and demand money... insisting if the householder doesn't reat them they will 'trick' them. The trick nearly always involves some wanton vandalism of the householders property.
It's one tradition I so wish you had kept stateside!