November 5, 2008 5:22pm CST
I know it is a few days after Halloween, but I am still in trouble with my son. Here in the UK a lot of people do celebrate Halloween, however, since I have a South African background where we don't do anything for Halloween, I am really not big on the whole thing. Between that fact, and the fact that my son goes to a Church of England school where they don't do anything for Halloween either ... well, I kind of ignored the whole thing! Unfortunately for me, the kids had discussed the whole thing at school and I had a 5 year old who didn't say anything, but who was eagerly waiting the whole trick or treat thing, not to mention the fancydress side of things. Come last Saturday night he asked when we were going trick or treating... well, of course, we had to try to explain that we had managed to ignore the whole thing. Since our house is not near other houses and we are kind of isolated we managed to get away with it all since nobody came to our house either. Don't worry, we have made it up to him and have also promised that we will do halloween next year. Do you believe in 'celebrating' Halloween? What do you do for the occasion? Have you ever done anything similar to what we did, with your kids? Thanks Violetdreams
• United States
5 Oct 09
Yes, we celebrate Halloween. It is my favorite holiday of the year! :) What is your son going to be this year? I bet he's looking forward to doing it this year. I'm going as a pirate lady, my oldest is going as some GI character, my middle son is a pirate and my youngest is Thomas the Train. My partner is going as a Gangster and my step daughter is going as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.
6 Nov 08
I an not too bothered about celebrating Halloween as we never did when we were children as my parents did not agree with trick or treating. But my partner who is from Northern Ireland, where Halloween is a big thing every one dresses up and they have fireworks, does. We were planning to take our children out trick or treating this year but we never did in the end due to the fact that we had visited my niece that day and what should have been a two hour drive home turned into a four hour drive. As we were stuck on the motorway for two hours due to an accident. So the last thing we wanted to do was go out when we got home so my children also missed out this year.
• United States
6 Nov 08
Personally, I'm not too big on Tradition. But sometimes I'll be in the mood to put out big ole gravestones I made with cute little epitaphs painted on them. I also have a 7ft styrofoam dummy that I have covered in strips of white sheeting. My own favorite mummy. Sometimes I will put a speaker in my window emitting sounds of howling wolfs, rattling chains, and sinister laughter. But I rarely will open my door to give out candy, I just can't be bothered. When my kids were still kids I made more of an effort, and it's a good way to meet all your neighbors, hehehe. Anyway, it's a lot more fun to go with the flow than to exert a bunch of energy fighting the current. If you have religious beliefs that you are trying to inflict on your children I suggest that you rethink your priorities.