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Old 10-30-2014, 06:27 PM
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Default Halloween. What is all the fuss about?

Well firstly I should clarify that I do not care for Halloween. To me its just a commerical grab at money before we sink all our monies into good cheer and Christmas.

But it seems that soon Halloween will outrank Christmas or any other " holiday" for spending. And what do we spend our money on? Silly costumes and candy and in the case of adults booze.

Yes, this Year Halloween falls on a Friday so yipee big big party night. All the bars are geared up, lots of big events. People calling it a holiday! Well its not a holiday its a pagen celebration of all that is bad and evil in the world.

We encourage our children to dress up and go begging for candy from strangers. Our youth will use tonight to dress up and run around screaming and drinking.

Just cannot see the point to it. Its just a big American commerical ripoff.

This past week I have been greeted with "Happy Halloween". Really, next we wIll be giving gifts for Halloween and family suppers. Oh,wait that is already happening.

Its a puzzle. Ps I will not be participating. No candy, no parties, no dressup.
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Well its not a holiday its a pagen celebration of all that is bad and evil in the world.
Most holidays center around pagan celebrations.

Easter is a celebration of the spring equinox (bunnies and eggs are symbolic for a reason).

The Thanksgiving feast actually centers around commonly celebrated harvest festivals prevalent in many cultures.

Christmas/Winter Celebration has various meanings for different cultures and religions and prior to the Christians renaming it...was the Roman Winter solstice celebration.

I could go on but the point is that holidays or celebrations are relevant for what they mean to you and your family. How on earth could you suggest that Halloween is a celebration of all that's bad and evil in the world? LOL...what a ridiculous statement.

When my children were little, they loved Halloween. They got to dress up, see their friends costumes and got to see all the neighbors. I always liked seeing everyone's kids and getting a chance to say "hi" to their parents. I can't see anything wrong in a holiday that's designed to be very fun for children. Social holidays where communities get to say hello to each other are wonderful.

I also used to have a lot of fun making hand-made, creative costumes for my kids with stuff from the dollar store. I always did it for around $0-10 bucks.

Of course, my kids are older now so its not an important holiday anymore but if adults want to go out and have fun...good for them. What's wrong with someone wishing you Happy Anything? You're under no obligation to celebrate it or to buy anything but why begrudge others for enjoying the day?

I actually work in a company where a lot of people have little kids and many of them are planning to leave early tomorrow to go home and spend time with their kids and have some fun which is something that they don't do everyday. I think its great.

Happy Halloween!
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I actually did not say I begrudge the Halloween celebration for anyone who chooses. I just voiced my opinion, Just as you have voiced yours, that Halloween is a commerical grab.

I took my kids, spent hours making costumes for my kids. But the Halloween of our youth has gone. And I did not have to check all the candy to make sure some crazy has not spiked them with needles or razors.

Its not a " holiday" as that would suggest stat holidays for all. Only those with a hangovwr will meed the day off lol.

Just my opinion.
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I actually did not say I begrudge the Halloween celebration for anyone who chooses. I just voiced my opinion, Just as you have voiced yours, that Halloween is a commerical grab.

I took my kids, spent hours making costumes for my kids. But the Halloween of our youth has gone. And I did not have to check all the candy to make sure some crazy has not spiked them with needles or razors.

Its not a " holiday" as that would suggest stat holidays for all. Only those with a hangovwr will meed the day off lol.

Just my opinion.
I agree with you.
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Do you celebrate your birthday?
What about valentine's day?
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:19 PM
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I live out in the 'boonies' so there's little chance of trick-or-treaters showing up at my door unless they are chaufeured by their parents. When my son was young, we would decorate the house and invite his school friends to party with us ... they ended up having more fun, more junk to eat and the other parents were pleased with the safe environment.

Like my son would say: "easy pickings".

My only complaint about Halloween is that as soon as it's over, the stores clear away the costumes and bring out the X-mas crap and the hells-bells music!!! I avoid the big-box stores until mid January. I can't stand the noise or the swarms of angry shoppers.
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Do you celebrate your birthday?
What about valentine's day?
nope to both of them for me.
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nope to both of them for me.
Me either... my birthday usually falls on a long weekend in the summer and any long weekend from May to October I am swamped at work and work late, thus its just another day. As for V-day... such a waste of a day... all it is (in my opinion) is a bunch of couples who pretend to have perfect lives. My fiance and I share time out together on a regular basis, we don't need a "holiday" for us to do that.
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Valentines day is another big commerical ripoff. So not really except to remember how much I love my husband and remember to tell him.

Birthday yes, but certainly not with the crazy Halloween ripoff. Oh of course cards are sent but I make my own.

Its not the same though as Halloween. halloween has gone from the home grown family fun to a big commercial adult focused ripoff.

Just saying its not my favourite time of year. So will avoid it like the plague.
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So for the 3 of you, none of your spouses get you anything for birthday or valentine's day and never have? Just curious...
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