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I don't like Halloween Pat.

In my opinion, it has become like Christmas and Easter

meaning its just another way to get us to spend money at certain times of the year

and I particularly object to the way that young people tend to be targetted with clever advertising

and yet it all boils down to just wanting to make money.

Nothing wrong with that

it's just the way its done that I find off-putting.

 

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It's certainly become big, Tomarto.  I used to love it was I was wee and we went round the closes all dressed up in what we had pulled together from the wardrobe of our parents or wrapped up in a sheet.  We were happy with our spoils of monkey nuts and tangerines. It is very commercialised these days and even the supermarkets are full of costumes for sale.   Having said all that, I do know that the weans in our family love it and are getting very excited. Even Patrick aged two and a half who told me yesterday that he was dressing up as a pumpkin.

Now there's another thing – making those lanterns from turnips was some chore. I can smell it yet. 

I think there are as many adults as children involved now.  I must admit that Ghostbusters at Kelvingrove appeals to me. 

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23 hours ago, Pat said:

It's certainly become big, Tomarto.  I used to love it was I was wee and we went round the closes all dressed up in what we had pulled together from the wardrobe of our parents or wrapped up in a sheet.  We were happy with our spoils of monkey nuts and tangerines. It is very commercialised these days and even the supermarkets are full of costumes for sale.   Having said all that, I do know that the weans in our family love it and are getting very excited. Even Patrick aged two and a half who told me yesterday that he was dressing up as a pumpkin.

Now there's another thing – making those lanterns from turnips was some chore. I can smell it yet. 

I think there are as many adults as children involved now.  I must admit that Ghostbusters at Kelvingrove appeals to me. 

Hi Pat,

Thanks for your reply.

I can't remember if I was into Halloween when I was wee

but the chances are I was.

But now I'm older it no longer appeals to me.

I know I may sound like a killjoy but there's something horrible about the way Halloween is marketed   

with less emphasis on the deceased and more on images based on bloodthirsty freaks with blood on their clothes.

 If I was a father of wee kids I wouldn't want that kind of image in front of them.

In fact my hope is that people will start to reject Halloween and see it for what it represents....i.e...anything for money.

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7 hours ago, samscafeamericain said:

If I hear one more wean shout 'trick or treat' I will go Freddy Kruger on them

Strangely enough, I haven't had anyone knocking on my front door saying 'trick or treat'.

Then again Wembley isn't rolling in money.

 

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