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Old 09-20-2010, 09:55 PM
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Do you like Halloween?


I don't like dressing up for Halloween. I'm an adult, not a kid. I don't want to dress up for work. I'm glad that other people enjoy it. I don't piss on their fun, I don't demand that no one celebrate the holiday, I just don't want to do it.

Interestingly enough, I enjoy the other aspects of it. I love watching old horror movies during October.

Am I reasonable enough?
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:57 PM
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Of course I like Halloween!

Quick! Someone invite me to a party!
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:45 PM
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I don't like dressing up for Halloween. I'm an adult, not a kid. I don't want to dress up for work. I'm glad that other people enjoy it. I don't piss on their fun, I don't demand that no one celebrate the holiday, I just don't want to do it.

Interestingly enough, I enjoy the other aspects of it. I love watching old horror movies during October.

Am I reasonable enough?
Seems perfectly reasonable to me. We don't have it here, so it's not an issue.
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:48 PM
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I liked it as a kid (free candy!). As an adult, I like the idea of going to a Halloween party more than the practice -- I'm not a big party guy. Although I'm proud that I once won a prize for "worst costume" at a pub.
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:22 PM
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Who would ostracize someone because they didn't dress up for Halloween at work?

That just sounds abnormal.
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:25 PM
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I like Halloween. But I hate Thanksgiving.
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:31 PM
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I love Halloween, but I don't usually dress up myself. (Last time I did, I had lost my voice, so I made a tin-foil dunce cap and was a Cone of Silence.)

I love taking the kids trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, and having all the neighbor kids show up at my door. Also candy and bad monster movies from the 50's.
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:37 AM
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I used to like it, but like all holidays for the past decade, it's just more work. I miss trick or treating.
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:58 AM
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It was my favorite holiday when little. I still love it now, just because its so good to wear a costume when others are.
I always put some Ozzy on the radio.
I was in many fundie churches and they were so against it. But no way will I ever buy that crap.

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Old 09-21-2010, 02:32 AM
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LOVE it! It's my favorite holiday, even though I haven't actually dressed up for several years. What's not to like? You get candy (which is cheap, everyone can afford it) and there's none of that guilt like on other holidays like Christmas ( "what to get great Uncle Joe?")

Whose house do we have Thanksgiving at? If it's My parents, yours are going to be upset and vice versa. It's the one Holiday with almost no (lasting or current) political or religious ties. It's just plain ole fun for fun's sake.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:54 AM
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I do this every Halloween, but I usually refuse to dress up. The time we went as lady pirates was fun, but dressing up is usually more trouble than it's worth.
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Old 09-21-2010, 06:53 AM
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Who would ostracize someone because they didn't dress up for Halloween at work?

That just sounds abnormal.
Not ostracized, just a lot of snarky, "Nice costume..."
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:29 AM
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I LOVE Halloween, far beyond any other holiday, including Christmas. Probably because of so many good memories of fun in the past. And I think it's a hoot getting my deli coldcuts from a zombie at the grocery store! Love the falling leaves, the haunted houses, the hayrides at the pumpkin patch, the decorations (some houses around here decorate to a ludicrous extent), handing out the candy while watching some Creature Feature, or the Rocky Horror Picture Show. A place nearby is screening the RHPS this year, with audience participation, I would like to go just for old times sake. I used to make all my daughter's costumes and it was such fun taking her and the neighbor kids around (while we moms sipped on a little hard cider). What's not to like? (does anyone beside me miss Elvira? She's probably 60 by now.)
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:29 AM
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I like Halloween--why pass up an excuse to dress funny and bum sugary treats off others? The Fourth of July is better, though. You suddenly understand why your ancestors fought for liberty--because now you can get drunk and stoned and play with explosives.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:30 AM
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My mom has never liked Halloween, so she never helped me with costumes as a kid, so I am really bad at costumes. Add in the fact that I've always been big, so it's near impossible to get a costume off the shelf.

They have a big doggy Halloween thing where my dog used to go to obedience school and I could never get a good costume for my dog either. SHE is too big for off-the-shelf as well.

So, I hate Halloween because I suck at it. I'm like Charlie Brown with the sheet and seventeen mis-cut holes. *sigh*
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:32 AM
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I like helping the kids with their costumes and taking them trick-or-treating. Last year, the Classic Tales podcast did a whole series of Poe and other spooky stories - I really enjoyed that and I'm hoping they do it again. I generally like the fall festival atmosphere and I think Halloween is a great bookend for the "holiday season". So, yeah, I like it, but I'm not excited by it. I have friends who plan their costumes and house decorations for months. They have fun - that's great. I do admit that I find adults dressing up for work to be a bit unprofessional, but if I worked somewhere that did that, I wouldn't try to ruin anyone's fun.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:09 AM
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I love Halloween. Unfortunately my town has bastardized it into a Harvest holiday more than anything. Scary costumes and decorations are few and far between. No pranks, no door to door trick or treating. They do store to store trick or treating here, for an hour, and during daylight. I take my nieces and youngest sister to the town I grew up in, where they do Halloween right.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:23 AM
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It is literally the only 'holiday' we acknowledge at all in my house. We really like halloween.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:25 AM
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Hell yeah I like Halloween. Dress up, eat candy, stay out late. Halloween is the shit.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:34 AM
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I like stuff I can share with someone. If I had a girlfriend I would enjoy carving pumpkins, dressing up and being silly with her.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:35 AM
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I like that you get to go out and about on a nice Fall night with your kids. There's always jokes, laughter, people trying to scare each other, and people who come up with the best ideas for costumes.

For me, its not about the candy. Its about the good time.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:41 AM
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I like that you get to go out and about on a nice Fall night with your kids. There's always jokes, laughter, people trying to scare each other, and people who come up with the best ideas for costumes.

For me, its not about the candy. Its about the good time.
We used to live in a neighborhood where the tradition was to give candy to the kids and little mini-cocktails to the adults. I loved that neighborhood.
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:00 AM
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Halloween is the best holiday by far and it can be treated as a season around here rather than just a day or two and that is a great thing. What's not to like? The only reason I ever want to get in any position of power is just so I can abolish Thanksgiving and expand Halloween into that whole calendar period.
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:32 AM
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:39 AM
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I love holidays in general. Halloween is great. I don't care about dressing up myself but I am finally living in an area where I can give out candy to trick or treaters (nobody did it in the apartment complexes I used to live in) and I am looking forward to that. We also plan to carve pumpkins.
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:41 AM
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I like stuff I can share with someone. If I had a girlfriend I would enjoy carving pumpkins, dressing up and being silly with her.
It's not quite the same but you could look into if the Big Brothers Big Sisters in your area is doing any sort of Halloween event and could use a volunteer for that. It might be fun to have the chance to help carve pumpkins with the kids.
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:43 AM
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Seconded! I'll gladly give my vote to anyone who'll make Halloween a month long.

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Old 09-21-2010, 09:50 AM
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I like Halloween well enough, though I don't dress up at work or anything. I mostly like carving pumpkins and seeing the little kids in their costumes.

I kind of wish there weren't quite so many kids, though--we live in one of only two walkable neighborhoods in the county, so Halloween at our house is an event somewhere between an invasion and a Biblical plague. We get over 300 kids in less than 3 hours, so I just sit on the porch steps instead of driving the dogs nuts with the doorbell going every 20 seconds. At points there's such a forest of little plastic buckets in front of me that I don't even get to see what the kids are wearing, which is a bummer. And it gets really cold sitting still on a concrete step at night at the end of October, even with a cushion and bundled up and drinking hard cider.
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:23 AM
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I love Halloween. I usually go to my friend's house and help her with her kids. She has three boys, 5, 8, and 11. We started the tradition the year the baby was born. Someone needed to carry him, dressed up like a skunk, no less. She was worried about keeping an eye on the other two with the baby, so I offered to help. We dress up as well as the kids. Her husband stays home and hands out candy. It's become a nice tradition. Once the kids are all done, the neighborhood adults gather for drinks.
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:46 AM
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I like Halloween. as one of the generation that grew up with Dick Smith's Monster Makeup Manual, I've been doing highly weird makeups using liquid latex, mortician's wax, foam latex appliances, gelatine, crepe hair, and nose putty for ages.

The last job I worked at practically made a religious holiday of Halloween, decorating the front lobby with elaborate settings, having everyone take the day of the Halloween party effectively off, and throwing a big after-hours party with impressive prizes for contest winners. I did elaborate makeup and costumes while there.


Pepper Mill and MilliCal get into it, too. Pepper Mill sets up MilliCal's old playhouse and decorates it as a haunted house. We carve Jack O'Lanterns, and this year Pepper mill wants to put our Dalek out front.
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:53 AM
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My feeling has been: If you tell your kids not to take candy from strangers. . . why would you let them go out and take candy from strangers?

I was not against them eating themselves into a sugar coma. So I made up a candy treasure hunt. I bought them the candy that they like, hid piles of it all over the house and back yard. I wrote up some riddle clues related to each location and placed them by the candy. We turned off all the lights, handed them flashlights and the first clue. We also carved pumpkins.

I'll have to ask them if they felt deprived by not being allowed to Trick or Treat.
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:53 AM
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Why is everyone calling it a "holiday?"
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:55 AM
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Because it's a day that people have decided has significance?
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:58 AM
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Hrummph. Doesn't meet my sole criterion.
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Hrummph. Doesn't meet my sole criterion.
A day off work?
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:03 AM
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It's still a holiday. Plenty of religious holidays don't get people time off work but they're still considered holidays.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:04 AM
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Well, not in my dictionary. Carry on.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:04 PM
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dalej42, if you'd like to avoid the unpleasantness at work there are numerous t-shirts on sale with some sort of Halloween motif on them. Perhaps this would make a compromise for you?

We love Halloween at our house. Every year I make new costumes for us and practically run a costume shop for friends and relatives. When the kids were little we dressed up to walk them around the neighborhood and it was a good opportunity to get to know the neighbors.

Now that the malls, with a little help from promoting fear in the general populace, have co-opted Halloween we scarcely get any trick-or-treaters. The only ones who come are the late evening adolescent boys, uncostumed and toting pillowcases to haul their loot. Misses the, uh, spirit of the whole occasion, greedy little rascals.

But reconsider a costume. Just think of what you can get away with when nobody knows who you are!
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:16 PM
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Not ostracized, just a lot of snarky, "Nice costume..."
I love Halloween - just not the costume thing.
When asked - I just tell people I AM in costume. I go every year as an 'Aging Alcoholic'.!
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I like Halloween.

It's interesting - it was a non event just a few years ago, but the idea seems to have floated (spookily?) across the Atlantic, and now it's everywhere. We have pumpkin carving parties and the works, but as a kid there was pretty much nothing bar the odd scary movie on TV. Now the kids are trick or treating in the streets, and it's great fun. Unless you live where the TorT amounts to an extortion racket, of course.

I don't get dressed up, though. But many do.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:06 PM
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[B] The only ones who come are the late evening adolescent boys, uncostumed and toting pillowcases to haul their loot. Misses the, uh, spirit of the whole occasion, greedy little rascals.

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I asked one, and he said he was a rap star. heh.
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. It's the only one I celebrate with any enthusiasm but I love costumes and go all out. It might be a part of that I'm a nerdy cosplayer but I have awesome wigs and I have costumes for bellydancing (gypsy & pirate) but Halloween is the only day I feel like I can really be myself without getting judged! I wish I could wear a costume everyday of the year!

This year I can't decide if I want to be Harley Quinn or something else. I've already bought two Halloween costumes this August (Pirate & Octoberfest beer wench) and I'll probably buy more costumes if I have the money.

I should note I don't still go trick-or-treating though I do buy massive amounts of candy for myself. I just go to parties now that I'm a 'big kid' (21).

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BL - do the HQ thing. Sounds awesome.
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Old 09-21-2010, 06:36 PM
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I LOVE HALLOWEEN!

October is my favorite month.
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Old 09-21-2010, 06:56 PM
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I love Halloween, but most of all, I love the memories of trick or treating. It was really exciting, going out for what seemed like hours, seeing all the decorations, coming home with huge bags of candy. Oh, and fixing up the house, there were always bragging rights the next day on who had the scariest place.

Living in an apartment complex with no kids around, there's no Halloween vibe at all, which is sort of a drag.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:38 PM
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I LOVE Halloween! My only regret is that I haven't had a chance to dress up in the past few years.

When I was little, I'd go to my cousins' -- they had a HUGE neighborhood. Our cousin Marc would come too, even though he also had a big neighborhood. Our dads would take us around trick or treating, and our moms would stay back at the house and pass out candy. It was the best time. And there was always this one house where this guy would deck out his garage all scary to look like a dungeon or whatever, and he'd be dressed up as Freddie Krueger or someone.

I'd come home with a HUGE bag. But I wasn't allowed to gorge on it -- my mother would hold onto it, and dole it out.


(However, a word of advice -- don't pass out those Little Huggie drinks. The one year I had a lollipop stick pop the seal, it leaked through my entire bag. None of my candy was ruined, but it dripped all over my costume).
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Doesn't do much for me. I used to love it as a kid, getting to walk out there in the dark, with just my friends, and everything all different looking and spooky-like was so much fun. Plus, candy!

But now I smile at people who choose to dress up for work, then I go home and sit on my dark house watching TV hoping no-one comes tom the door. Which they are very unlikely to - it,s all about mall T or T now, or the unbelievably stupid "Trick or Trunk" in the church parking lot.

Yawn.
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Kid used to come home with the pillowcase full of candy and we'd dump it on the kitchen table and 'sort through for safety's sake' - we parents demanded OUR cut, lol, and grabbed a handful of our favorites. I imagine our poor daughter went to school the next day imagining me at home eating all her Halloween candy! NOT TRUE!

No one liked much the lollipops (they were boring and got sharp edges cutting your mouth). I read in some thrifty living book you could smash all of these up and grind them to a fine powder in a blender, and use as sugar to stir into your hot tea. It might work for Smarties, too, though the tea would be cloudy from the cornstarch in them.
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My mom has never liked Halloween, so she never helped me with costumes as a kid, so I am really bad at costumes. <snip>So, I hate Halloween because I suck at it. I'm like Charlie Brown with the sheet and seventeen mis-cut holes. *sigh*
Me too. And I don't like little kids (or big kids for that matter) so I don't do the handing-out-candy part either. I hide in my house with the lights off so no one comes by. It's one of my least favorite holidays.
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:36 PM
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I hate it. Hate. Hate. Hate.

It's a "holiday" about death, for cripes' sake! As someone else says, 364 days a year kids are (or should be) told not to beg for stuff and not to take treats from strangers.

And October is an AWFUL month. Everything is dying. Summer is 100% over. It's getting cold. And dark. Yuk.
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