Halloween Humbug

  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Oct 29, 2011 9:39 PM GMT

    Some friends were rubbing me about not getting into the Halloween spirit. Im going to a couple of parties tonight in a totally half-assed, 'thought of this in 5 seconds' outfit. Dressing up was fun.....when I was ten. I'm not passing judgement on others who go nuts with costumes.....it is just not for me.

    I like the season, enjoy the social side of Halloween and seeing kids and adults in costumes....but I don't consider it some kind of High Holiday like many people.

    Are there any others out there who feel the same way?
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    Oct 29, 2011 11:53 PM GMT
    I don't make a big deal out of it either. But you know.. If it's an excuse to go out and have fun with friends, then why not? Just go to the store and pick up cheezy $10 mask, or something like a devil's horns. No need to go overboard with the costume/make-up/special effects. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 29, 2011 11:54 PM GMT
    Feel the same way. I always feel incredibly self conscious when I put a costume on. It sucks, because it seems Halloween is the state holiday of PA. Everyone here really gets into it, and I just think it's a kid's thing. To each his own, I guess
  • cageym

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    Oct 29, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    I think it is my least favorite holiday. I love having the kids come around in costume, but the six weeks of outdoor decorations and the adults using it as an excuse to be asses, well, not so much....
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    Oct 30, 2011 12:04 AM GMT
    i wish i could participate more but i don't really get invited to parties (never did actually) and the bar parties around here are a no-go for me since there's more smoke pouring through their doors than out the chimney on my parents' house.
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    Oct 30, 2011 12:37 AM GMT
    I've never been into it. Maybe that's because we weren't allowed to celebrate it as kids. I never cared for dressing up either.
  • biggamehunter

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    Oct 30, 2011 12:51 AM GMT
    i'm never into it, i usually go as a cowboy or a hunter or a scarecrow, which is just a cowboy with straw in my pants and sleeves. There is nothing creative and my friends yell at me. But hey it's still fun to go out and have fun adn make fun of people in stupid costumes. However this year I was talked into going as the guy from operation (the game) but with real diseases and disorders.
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    Oct 30, 2011 12:57 AM GMT
    Gets on my tits too.

    What's bizzare is that we gave it to the Yanks, ditched it for a while, then fairly recently and quite merrily took it back in all of its brand-new, commercial packaging.

    What makes me even more bah-humbug is that they're now showing Xmas ads on TV.

    Was "The Nightmare Before Christmas" some social commentary thing upon a trend in the US in the nineties that we also decided to mimick?

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    Oct 30, 2011 1:15 AM GMT
    Watch "The Shining." That's what I'm doing now. Always works.
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    Oct 30, 2011 2:18 AM GMT
    I think it's rather sad if people can't get into the spirit of holidays, because holidays are meant to be a source of happiness and cheerful times compared to the mundane in-and-out of everyday life.
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    Oct 30, 2011 2:22 AM GMT
    Anduru saidI think it's rather sad if people can't get into the spirit of holidays, because holidays are meant to be a source of happiness and cheerful times compared to the mundane in-and-out of everyday life.


    Speaking only for myself, dressing up just doesn't make me happy. I've never been into this particular holiday, except for the mountains of candy, which I'm currently trying to avoid. I've always been more into other holidays, like Christmas. I guess maybe it's a family tradition thing.
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    Oct 30, 2011 7:30 AM GMT
    Anduru saidI think it's rather sad if people can't get into the spirit of holidays, because holidays are meant to be a source of happiness and cheerful times compared to the mundane in-and-out of everyday life.


    Unless holidays remind you that you don't have many friends or family close by icon_razz.gif. Then they kind of suck ;)
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    Oct 30, 2011 7:31 AM GMT
    English_Bloke saidGets on my tits too.

    What's bizzare is that we gave it to the Yanks, ditched it for a while, then fairly recently and quite merrily took it back in all of its brand-new, commercial packaging.

    What makes me even more bah-humbug is that they're now showing Xmas ads on TV.

    Was "The Nightmare Before Christmas" some social commentary thing upon a trend in the US in the nineties that we also decided to mimick?



    Really? Even the Scots and Irish stopped celebrating it for a while? They practically invented it!
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    Oct 30, 2011 7:34 AM GMT
    What I find really rather annoying is the commercialised form thats been imported over here... nobody in the islands celebrated halloween before.. and now people are seeing it on tv and the school kids want to go play dress-up and the adults want to go play dress-up as an excuse to go out and get drunk...

    Im sorry, i need no excuses to get drunk icon_razz.gif

    Just kidding.. anyways, my point is.. they dont actually understand the holiday or the traditions... its not a part of their culture.. their just blindly doing what they see on tv... it doesnt feel authentic to me, and there is no "spirit" involved in what they do

    Incidentally.. even my American family when they moved to Europe stopped celebrating it and adopted local traditions... My french family when they moved also stopped celebrating french holidays .. i dont see the point of celebrating holidays that arent part of local culture or tradition
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    Oct 30, 2011 2:47 PM GMT
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    English_Bloke saidGets on my tits too.

    What's bizzare is that we gave it to the Yanks, ditched it for a while, then fairly recently and quite merrily took it back in all of its brand-new, commercial packaging.

    What makes me even more bah-humbug is that they're now showing Xmas ads on TV.

    Was "The Nightmare Before Christmas" some social commentary thing upon a trend in the US in the nineties that we also decided to mimick?



    Really? Even the Scots and Irish stopped celebrating it for a while? They practically invented it!


    Yeah, true. The Celts did, apparently, "invent" it. Bit superstitious they were.

    But they never stopped celebrating it, as it was never, ever a "celebration" as such. In the north east, as "recently", ahem, as when I was a kid, we made lanterns out of turnips on Halloween. That was about it. That's turnips, not pumpkins. Imagine how touch they were for my poor mother to carve. And certainly not overpriced pumpkins with Scooby Doo stickers on them like Sainsbury's are selling. (Yeah, I succumbed and bought one.) Kids were discouraged from the whole "trick or treat" thing as it was regarded as tantamount to begging.

    The day after is supposed to be of more significance (All Hallows Day; just as Xmas Day trumps Xmas Eve in terms of significance). But I guess it ould have been the Christians who started that bit ... maybe ... maybe not ...

    Jeez, all you have to do is type the word into google or wikipedia ...
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 30, 2011 2:52 PM GMT
    Of course when I was a kid and up until high school, I thought it was awesome and always put up decorations everywhere. I even had some in my barn when I started teaching horsemanship when I was in high school...lol.

    In recent years, I tend to play it down somewhat. Still put up a few decorations, especially a few that my mother had when I was a really small kid, but most of my stuff thats up is just "fall decorations" and have some pretty awesome stuff on the outside of my house. Not much on strings of orange lights like I was when I was younger.

    Always do the trick or treat thing and did dress up for the Halloween party last night in my leather superhero outfit (as in my profile).. that was fun.
    Always look for the kids and trick or treating as well.

    Happy Halloween!
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    Oct 30, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidAlways look for the kids and trick or treating as well.

    Happy Halloween!


    You could get into trouble for saying that over here. Just sayin.

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    Oct 30, 2011 2:59 PM GMT
    Shit, now I feel like an oddball. There's not much of a festive air surrounding Halloween here at all, but I would love an excuse to costume up. Haven't really done it before in my entire life, but seems like something amusing that I could get a kick out of.

    Perhaps I'll change my mind when I actually do it.
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    Oct 30, 2011 3:04 PM GMT
    English_Bloke said
    HndsmKansan saidAlways look for the kids and trick or treating as well.

    Happy Halloween!


    You could get into trouble for saying that over here. Just sayin.

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    Not sure what you mean.... but here, I certainly enjoy the kids coming up and getting candy.... and you do have to look for them, when driving in or out on Halloween night.
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    Oct 30, 2011 4:42 PM GMT
    RoadsterRacer saidi wish i could participate more but i don't really get invited to parties (never did actually) and the bar parties around here are a no-go for me since there's more smoke pouring through their doors than out the chimney on my parents' house.


    OMG.....the still allow smoking indoors?? icon_eek.gif

    Oh, wait...you are in NOLA.....nuff' said icon_surprised.gif
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    Oct 30, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    I've never celebrated Halloween, not even as a child. I grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere and my parents never took us trick r treating in the nearby town...so I've never gotten into it. Now, as an adult, I don't get the adult appeal, beyond "Sissies' Christmas" as my old drag queen neighbor used to call it.
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    Oct 30, 2011 8:22 PM GMT
    I, like most kids really loved Halloween growing up. The trick or treating, all the candy and costumes and parties. However I don't think way back then it was the big to-do it is now for teens and grownups. It's just gotten overblown with plastic schlock from the aisles of Walmart. Orange Halloween "Christmas" lights, those godawful inflatable Halloween lawn decorations. Some of the houses in our neighborhood look like trailer trash city with all that made in China plastic shit strewn around their yards. It's so not tasteful icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 31, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
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    Anduru saidI think it's rather sad if people can't get into the spirit of holidays, because holidays are meant to be a source of happiness and cheerful times compared to the mundane in-and-out of everyday life.
    Speaking only for myself, dressing up just doesn't make me happy. I've never been into this particular holiday, except for the mountains of candy, which I'm currently trying to avoid. I've always been more into other holidays, like Christmas. I guess maybe it's a family tradition thing.
    It sounds like your crazy anti-witchcraft parents ruined halloween for you. Of course you celebrate Christmas, it's the Christian thing to do.
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    Oct 31, 2011 4:44 AM GMT
    RunintheCity saidI've never celebrated Halloween, not even as a child. I grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere and my parents never took us trick r treating in the nearby town...so I've never gotten into it. Now, as an adult, I don't get the adult appeal, beyond "Sissies' Christmas" as my old drag queen neighbor used to call it.
    Another example of fail parents ruining holidays for children.
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    Oct 31, 2011 4:47 AM GMT
    I think Halloween is fun, but it's always been different kind of celebration for my family. My parents met at a Halloween party in 1981. I was born close to Halloween (Nov 4) in 1985. And then my parents got married in 1987.