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Halloween? WTF?

By Leinna 1 November 2010 144

I’m sitting at home studying when I get a knock at the door.

Creepy kids in costume, aged about 6 or 7.  “Trick or Treat?”

I reply:  “Sorry kids, I don’t do that.”

They sigh, groan and mutter and head off.

I feel like telling them “Maybe you should try the United States.”

Is this getting more common nowadays?  Is it bad form not having anything?

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ex-vectis 8:52 pm 28 Oct 11

steveu said :

I think you will find that Australians wish to de-deatch … …I see the similarities, and reasons why.

Yes, think that is actually a really good summing up.

Mysteryman said :

You seem to really be drawing a long bow with that list.

Straight over my head, that one…:-)

Pandy 9:32 pm 27 Oct 11

Kiron2222 said :

I love the “Halloween is seppo crap”

Trick or Treating first appeared in the British isles in the late 1800s and was first recorded in Australia in the 1920s (Queensland it was common I believe). Trick or Treating did not appear in the US until the 1950s.

Bzzzzzt!!!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

Pandy 9:14 pm 27 Oct 11

The cat did it said :

For those concerned about the threat of US cultural takeover, you may be pleased to know that Krispy Kreme (Australia) has gone into voluntary liquidation.

LIKE!!

Henry82 5:28 pm 27 Oct 11

Just sit on your front verandah with a rifle “get off my lawn”

poetix 4:46 pm 27 Oct 11

Stevian said :

So called “trick or treat” amounts to “cough up or else”. That’s extortion, which is a crime. Since giving them a clip around the ear myself would expose me to the full force of the legal system for assault, how else am I supposed to protect myself from these pint-sized mafioso

Here’s a suggestion: just put a little addressed note in each letterbox stating ‘I am required by law to inform you of my presence in this neighbourhood.’ There’s no need to say why, but I bet that the kiddies will be kept away. You may find yourself resurrecting the tradition of the Guy on the bonfire, but at least there will be no egregious demands for your sweeties.

Mysteryman 3:54 pm 27 Oct 11

ex-vectis said :

Chuckle, as a ‘newish’ Aussie I’m always suprised that we (if I can say that) constantly deny being Americanised. My father-in-law put it in his usual succinct way – ‘Australia is just another state of America’. I did take umbrage to that remark but, while a bit abrupt, he is right. Australian’s dont realise just how American-like it is here.

IE.
Lack of foot-paths in suburban streets.
A medical system that, while it tries to have a ‘free at point of service’ is certainly not (as we have found with my wife being pregnant) and so complicated to use we often quip ‘hope we dont get sick’.
A fundamental ‘car culture’.
The building architecture.
Street and estate layout.
Commercialisation of old stuff like halloween (and Christmas – cant believe we’ve seen a ‘Santa’ groto already! Its October!!!).
Our currency is dollar & cents.
Police carry guns as normal.
Parliament has a House of Representatives and a Senate.
We have a history of oppressing the native occupants of the Country (albeit that we are trying to make amends now!)
Etc..

I’m not having a whinge, far from it; we left the UK because we couldn’t stand it there any longer. But lets not kid ourselves, we have more in common with the US of A than Grand Britannia…

You seem to really be drawing a long bow with that list.

Stevian 3:37 pm 27 Oct 11

Kerryhemsley said :

Can the Riot Act nominate this person for Australian of the Year?

What a fantatstic contribution to our community.

As Jack Gibson said about the Lang Park crowd at a State of Origin Match a long time ago, “They’d boo Santa Claus this mob”

In this case it’s the Great Pumpkin

What’s so wrong about wanting to be left in peace?

Onceler 2:45 pm 27 Oct 11

Kerryhemsley said :

Stevian said :

Watson said :

Stevian said :

If any begging vandals come snooping around my door trying to extort confectionary, police will be called.

Wow, do you always call the police when someone asks you for someone?

You sound like a great role model for the neighbourhood kids.

So called “trick or treat” amounts to “cough up or else”. That’s extortion, which is a crime. Since giving them a clip around the ear myself would expose me to the full force of the legal system for assault, how else am I supposed to protect myself from these pint-sized mafioso

Can the Riot Act nominate this person for Australian of the Year?

What a fantatstic contribution to our community.

As Jack Gibson said about the Lang Park crowd at a State of Origin Match a long time ago, “They’d boo Santa Claus this mob”

To be fair to Stevian, I think he is providing a vital function that enhances the whole trick-or-treat experience. If I understand correctly what I’ve seen in American movies, each street has its cantankerous curmudgeon who is likely to holler “Get offa my lawn you no-good kids!” and come at you brandishing a garden tool, or maybe even a shotgun. Without this element of danger, trick-or-treating would be a dull affair indeed. And of course, after the curmudgeon has gone to bed, the kids will come back and decorate his house with toilet paper, thereby fulfilling the “trick” requirement of the custom.

Watson 2:25 pm 27 Oct 11

Stevian said :

Watson said :

Stevian said :

If any begging vandals come snooping around my door trying to extort confectionary, police will be called.

Wow, do you always call the police when someone asks you for someone?

You sound like a great role model for the neighbourhood kids.

So called “trick or treat” amounts to “cough up or else”. That’s extortion, which is a crime. Since giving them a clip around the ear myself would expose me to the full force of the legal system for assault, how else am I supposed to protect myself from these pint-sized mafioso

Yeah ok. I don’t really agree with the trick part, though I’m sure it can be fun if everyone cooperates. Wikipedia taught me that the kind of activity that I participated in as a child is called “guising”. “There is a significant difference from the way the practice has developed in North America with the jocular threat. In Scotland and Ireland, the children are only supposed to receive treats if they perform for the households they go to.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trick-or-treating#Guising)

Kerryhemsley 2:21 pm 27 Oct 11

Stevian said :

Watson said :

Stevian said :

If any begging vandals come snooping around my door trying to extort confectionary, police will be called.

Wow, do you always call the police when someone asks you for someone?

You sound like a great role model for the neighbourhood kids.

So called “trick or treat” amounts to “cough up or else”. That’s extortion, which is a crime. Since giving them a clip around the ear myself would expose me to the full force of the legal system for assault, how else am I supposed to protect myself from these pint-sized mafioso

Can the Riot Act nominate this person for Australian of the Year?

What a fantatstic contribution to our community.

As Jack Gibson said about the Lang Park crowd at a State of Origin Match a long time ago, “They’d boo Santa Claus this mob”

Stevian 2:06 pm 27 Oct 11

Watson said :

Stevian said :

If any begging vandals come snooping around my door trying to extort confectionary, police will be called.

Wow, do you always call the police when someone asks you for someone?

You sound like a great role model for the neighbourhood kids.

So called “trick or treat” amounts to “cough up or else”. That’s extortion, which is a crime. Since giving them a clip around the ear myself would expose me to the full force of the legal system for assault, how else am I supposed to protect myself from these pint-sized mafioso

Watson 1:34 pm 27 Oct 11

Watson said :

Stevian said :

If any begging vandals come snooping around my door trying to extort confectionary, police will be called.

Wow, do you always call the police when someone asks you for someone?

You sound like a great role model for the neighbourhood kids.

Or something even. I’d be a bit concerned if I was asked for “someone” too.

Watson 1:30 pm 27 Oct 11

Stevian said :

If any begging vandals come snooping around my door trying to extort confectionary, police will be called.

Wow, do you always call the police when someone asks you for someone?

You sound like a great role model for the neighbourhood kids.

Jungle Jim 1:14 pm 27 Oct 11

Stevian said :

If any begging vandals come snooping around my door trying to extort confectionary, police will be called.

The fun police, I assume.

Stevian 12:56 pm 27 Oct 11

Kiron2222 said :

I love the “Halloween is seppo crap”

Trick or Treating first appeared in the British isles in the late 1800s and was first recorded in Australia in the 1920s (Queensland it was common I believe). Trick or Treating did not appear in the US until the 1950s.

So this “seppo” holiday is actually a British/Irish holiday that appeared in Australia before it did in America.

The more you know.

Also as said before, you are being hypocritical, most of the holidays/celebrations you practice have nothing to do with Australia or Australian culture, but you do so anyway. Let the kids have their fun.

If any begging vandals come snooping around my door trying to extort confectionary, police will be called.

Deref 12:54 pm 27 Oct 11

Rusalka said :

I’m a fan of Neil Gaiman’s proposal of All Hallow’s Read as an alternative, where you give kids and adults alike a scary book instead http://www.allhallowsread.com/

😀 +1

Kiron2222 12:51 pm 27 Oct 11

I love the “Halloween is seppo crap”

Trick or Treating first appeared in the British isles in the late 1800s and was first recorded in Australia in the 1920s (Queensland it was common I believe). Trick or Treating did not appear in the US until the 1950s.

So this “seppo” holiday is actually a British/Irish holiday that appeared in Australia before it did in America.

The more you know.

Also as said before, you are being hypocritical, most of the holidays/celebrations you practice have nothing to do with Australia or Australian culture, but you do so anyway. Let the kids have their fun.

Rusalka 12:24 pm 27 Oct 11

qbngeek said :

Your Kids may not hate you so much if you adopt Winter-een-mas. My family loves it but we are all geeks.

+1

I’m a fan of Neil Gaiman’s proposal of All Hallow’s Read as an alternative, where you give kids and adults alike a scary book instead http://www.allhallowsread.com/

Holden Caulfield 12:11 pm 27 Oct 11

Onceler said :

…I’m gonna go all neo-pagan and instigate my own seasonally specific festivals, even if they’re restricted to just my immediate household…

Happy Festivus!

In you honour I’m going to make a donation to the Human Fund.

qbngeek 10:29 am 27 Oct 11

Onceler said :

Yep, I agree with you. It’s not just our southern hemisphere location, but the modern lifestyle of the developed world that sucks the soul out of these things. (Don’t get me wrong – modern life is not completely rubbish! For instance, I enjoy electricity, modern plumbing and the medical system, to name just a few.)

I know it’s futile and ridiculous, but I intend to salvage some of the original spirit and meaning out of the ancient festivals. I’m gonna go all neo-pagan and instigate my own seasonally specific festivals, even if they’re restricted to just my immediate household. Don’t worry; I won’t take up wicca or build a model of Stonehenge in my front yard. Christmas in July will do for starters I guess. And ther’ll be Hallowe’en style thingy in, say May or thereabouts. I’ll have to think of a name for it.

My kid(s) will hate me so much.

Your Kids may not hate you so much if you adopt Winter-een-mas. My family loves it but we are all geeks.

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