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Trick or Treat!

  • Oct 10, 2009
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Admittedly, Halloween is not my favorite holiday.  However, I do like the festivities and the energy and joy it brings out in some people.  Trick or Treating was never my thing, though.  Even as a kid.  That's not to say I never went Trick or Treating (what kid doesn't like getting lots and lots of candies?).  Trick or Treating has given me some of my best introduction to some of the best candies that I never eat anymore.  If I had to be honest, I just don't like going door to door anymore.  The older I got the less impressed I got with it.  Yet ironically when I was younger it was the dressing up part that I hated so very much.  Now I don't mind dressing up at all... now it's going door to door trick or treating I can't stand, but the older you get the less you probably care to go door to door asking for candy anyway.

But I digress.  For me the best part about Halloween is the horror movie marathons that come on TV, the blood and the gore and the crazy stuff people will do to try to scare me.  I enjoy going to haunted houses.  Some of the decorations people put up are astonishing.  The houses that have the weird lights and the places that get into so much that they'll put coffins in their front yard or other scary props outside.  There's nothing better than watching as people try to scare you, and then the relief that washes over when you realize... "Oh good, someone isn't trying to kill me."

Trick or treating isn't my thing.  Neither is the candy.  I'm too old for that sort of stuff, anyway.  I may not put up many decorations but that's mostly because come Halloween... I'm usually not at home.  I'm usually at a party or going off to the movies to see a horror film or going around the neighborhood checking out other halloween decorations.  Likewise, there just aren't that many kids in my neighborhood (and all the kids there used to be I grew up with).  Usually I am home at some point, though.  There may not be many kids but you might be surprised at how many people come to your house.  I'm a nice guy who isn't stingy stingy with the candy.  I recall one year when a little girl didn't appear to have enough candy so I dumped the rest of current bowl in her bag (the mother was, uh, mad but the smile and the big "Thank You!" was worth it).  I'm not one of those people who leaves a bowl on the front stoop with a note that says, "Take ONE Piece..."  It's Halloween, it's supposed to be fun.  So if I'm at home, I'll definitely be into the spirit of giving out candy.

If there's one thing that does anger me a bit, it would be the teenagers who come to my door demanding candy but not wearing a costume.  It's halloween, if you're not going to dress up I'm not sure why the hell you expect to get candy for it!  I may be nice, but I have no time for those who aren't going to get into the spirit.  You come to my door for candy you better be wearing a costume! 

In the end, Halloween is usually just a fun time.  The horror movies and haunted sights are but a few reasons to enjoy the holiday.  But mostly it's the spirit and the fun that people have with it that I enjoy the most.

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October 19, 2011
When I was a kid, trick or treating was quite an ordeal. There was no "walking" to the neigbors except for my aunt who lived across the field. Everywhere else we went meant that our parents had to drive us there. I wasn't real big on it as a kid, but as I got older (specifically after college), I started enjoying it a whole lot more. With kids of my own now, we usually hit local churches for candy since they are the safest places to go, but I usually try to squeeze in at least one adults only party for All Hallow's Eve.
 
October 11, 2009
I'm so glad that you reviewed Halloween, Sean!  Definitely one of my favorite holidays since I love dressing up so much and I love my sweets :D  I'm with you on the awesomeness of haunted houses and though I've been going to parties for the last few Halloweens, I still dig the idea of handing out candy to kids.  And I, too, am not a supporter of the "Take ONE piece" of candy people.  One, that's no fun, and two, you can't trust kids with the honor system.  Especially when it involves candy :P  Great review as always!
 
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Quick Tip by . October 16, 2009
Quite possibly, my favorite holiday of the year to pay our respects to the departed or eat candy & then pump insulin into your veins.
Quick Tip by . October 11, 2009
Almost treated like a holiday, Halloween has become more fun for adults than the children....really brings out the kid in some folks.
Quick Tip by . October 05, 2009
I love having an excuse to dress up with all my friends! :)
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Halloween has origins in the ancient Celticfestival known as Samhain [pronounced: sow- wen] (Irish pronunciation: from the Old Irish samhain, possibly derived from Gaulish samonios). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year".Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient Celtic Pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Celts believed that on October 31st, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the living and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which the bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks being worn at Halloween goes back to the Celtic traditions of attempting to copy the evil spirits or placate them, in Scotland for instance where the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, dressed in white.

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The term Halloween, originally spelled Hallowe’en, is shortened from All Hallows’ Even ("All Hallows' Eve") [eve is an abbreviation of even, an older word for evening. Halloween gets -een as a contraction of even to e'en], from the Old English term eallra hālgena ǣfen meaning "All Hallow' Evening", as it is the eve of "All Hallows’ Day", which...

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Candy, Holidays, Vampire, Monster, Mummy, Zombie, Costume, Spooky, Jack O Lantern, Paganism, Samhain, Trick Or Treat, All Hallows Evening, Pomona

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