What do you think about Halloween?

@dfollin (12496)
United States
October 7, 2012 8:55pm CST
Halloween started as Hallow's Eve,the night before All Saints Day on November 1st that was designated by Pope Gregory III in the 18th century.That holiday was brought to mind by a Celtic festival of Samhain,where people would have bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. There are some churches and people that believe that the day is a celebration of the devil.And I assume mostly to amuse the children they continue to have parties,however renaming the event,Fall Festival.At the celebration they are not permitted to wear scary costumes and have food and games.The children get treated with candy. At one christian church that we attended they did not believe that Halloween was evil,just fun and had a usual Halloween festival with scary costumes,food,games,haunted house and the children did also receive candy. There are pastors that feel the same way from other christian churches,but however leave it open to individuals on their belief. What do you think? Do you attend Halloween celebrations and allow your children to go trick-or-treating? Do you allow them to wear scary costumes?
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@riyauro (6430)
• India
8 Oct 12
I am not from a place where we celebrate halloween and for me it is something i wanna see too. I have seen it in the movies and i like the concept and i believe it is all full of fun,. I want a experience of halloween in a life time. You are lucky to have seen halloween i guess. for me it must be all fun. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
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@dfollin (12496)
• United States
8 Oct 12
That's what I believe too,that it's just for fun.I hope you get to come see it some year.
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
8 Oct 12
My kids never chose the scary stuff to be. Nothing scarier than a pirate. We did not buy commercial costumes. I think there is enough real horror in the world and I am glad they did not want to do that. I have helped with fall carnivals, and even with the town celebration sponsored by our Main Street association. Kids love to dress up, They should be allowed to sometimes. Some places just are not safe for trick or treating any more. I also make sure to lock up my black cat around that time.
@dfollin (12496)
• United States
9 Oct 12
Hi GardenGerty, No,some places are not safe for trick-or-treating.And just houses are not safe.I would only let my children go to peoples houses that we knew or knew of to be safe.And my husband was totally against that.He wanted to go to every house and if the house was decorated nicely I should think it was safe.Well,duh!
@lampar (7597)
• United States
8 Oct 12
It is mind boggling how is that put on scary costumes n wearing ugly mask on your children for them to roam the street or visit haunted houses in the darkness of the night is consider fun by these parent, other than combination of silliness and idiocy. I will not let my children subject to such type of 'fun' no matter what some church leaders think. They can celebrate the Halloween by having their children put on all these crazy costume whenever they feel like doing so; i could afford to care less about their parental decision and role, for all i care is my children is not forced to have one himself, everyything is fine with me.
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@dfollin (12496)
• United States
9 Oct 12
Hi lampar,Each person is entitled to their own opinion and thanks for sharing yours.Have fun this year at whatever you decide to do.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
10 Oct 12
Yes, they do. It is their children and solely their decision to make as parent pertaining to their small one, not me. I agree !
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@dfollin (12496)
• United States
10 Oct 12
Lampar,That is true.My boys are adults now and have kids of their own so that their decision to make.I have one teenage daughter left at home.She says she doesn't like Halloween but she wants to dreas up. TEENAGERS!
• United States
10 Oct 12
I think it all depends on how you look at it. If people want to make something bad out of it, then they will believe its bad. For me, its a fun day for my kids to get to dress up in silly costumes and get too much candy!
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@dfollin (12496)
• United States
10 Oct 12
I totally agree! Let's dress up,be silly and have fun.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
8 Oct 12
i THINK IT'S A TIME FOR SMALL CHILDREN TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. i DO NOT LIKE THE MEANESS THAT GOES ON W/OLDER KIDS.
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@dfollin (12496)
• United States
9 Oct 12
Hi AntiqueLady,How are you? Same here,I have seen older kids steal little kids candy.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
8 Oct 12
I am excited for Halloween this year because my son is now two year old and he can walk on his own now, we can bring him trick or treat! I'm thinking about what he would like to wear, I think he is still small so he doens't have any preferences yet but I am still looking around, looking for something cute but not too silly for him, also for my little baby girl too. Base on where I live, I don't think I'm bringing him to do door to door trick or treat, I am going to bring him to a mall viallage for it.
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@dfollin (12496)
• United States
9 Oct 12
Hi Mermaidivy,Have fun doing what ever you decide that will be best for your family.
@GemmaR (8526)
8 Oct 12
I was never allowed to go trick or treating when I was a child, and that was something that I was very unhappy about because I felt as though I was missing out. I went once with my friend's younger sister when I was 14, and we had a good time, and that was the only time that I ever went. Now that I am an adult I understand completely why my Mum didn't want me to go, and I am going to do everything that I can to make sure that my children will not go either. I would prefer for them to go to a school disco on that night than be on the streets knocking on other people's doors.
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@dfollin (12496)
• United States
9 Oct 12
Hi GemmaR, Maybe you could let you kids have a Halloween party.I remember when I was in the third grade I had a classmate that's birthday was on Halloween.So,she had a combination costume and birthday party in one.It was so much fun!.That was 43 years ago and I still remember that.
• Indonesia
8 Oct 12
Here, only a very few people celebrate Halloween because we're Indonesians don't have it as one of our traditions. I don't really know what the story behind Halloween except something gotta do with scary costumes and horror stories . I don't like those kind of costumes and I don't want my girls wearing them.
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@dfollin (12496)
• United States
9 Oct 12
Hi Loveandpeace,If you would like to know the history of Halloween,go to my website.
@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Oct 12
hi dfollin oh those days are gone but I did m share of handing out trick or treat candy when we were still in an apartment. I am now one of100 some co residents in this tiresome retirement center. we will celebrate Halloween some silly way not anything really fun however .I used to enjoy going to parties now I am stuck here.my child is now 53 so you s ee all that is past.
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@dfollin (12496)
• United States
9 Oct 12
Hi Hatley,A boring Halloween for you now.
@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
10 Oct 12
Witch - Witch brewing a potion in a cauldron.
I knew where the name originated and it was the last chance for witches and warlocks to remain active before All Saints' Day, although I was not aware that it was accredited to Pope Gregory III. I consider Halloween to be a fun occasion and can never resist sending a few appropriate emails to friends. I do not really approve of Trick or Treat because it is too tempting for children to use the excuse for begging, but I do not really object either.