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Halloween

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How do you feel about Halloween?  Will you be standing at your door handing out sweets?  Hiding from the horde of children knocking at your door?  Or perhaps donning a costume and going out to a party.

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By SteveHa
31st Oct 2019 15:51

I live in a 3rd floor flat with a secure entrance at the ground. I won't be entertaining anyone at my door.

Assuming I get home from the pub before the little brats are in bed.

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By Cloudcounter
31st Oct 2019 16:10

I shall be going to the pub for dinner, specifically to avoid trick or treaters. I can read the paper in comfort instead of being up and down every five minutes to offer a bowl of sweeties to visiting urchins.

Mind you, they probably have me down as a grumpy old git and wouldn't bother to knock anyway! :-)

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By CptCave
31st Oct 2019 16:11

Heading to the pub and avoiding it all!

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By Moonbeam
31st Oct 2019 16:35

I've just been out for a walk and spotted some skulls in someone's front garden. It gave me a shock until I realised it's Halloween. I shall not be answering the door tonight as in past years I've been pelted with eggs and rotten apples when I did.

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By The Dullard
31st Oct 2019 16:39

Are you Nigel Farage?

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By Justin Bryant
31st Oct 2019 17:04

Where I live sweets aren't good enough. Neither is a bit of loose change. They want notes!

At least as Awebers we are all used to a bit of abuse from nutters like that, so can take it in our stride hopefully!

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By Bob Loblaw
31st Oct 2019 16:41

I haven't yet allowed the crushing weight of the world shape me into a joyless miser. If any trick or treaters do knock at my front door, I'll answer and let them have their pick between 1 (ONE) box of Smart Price sun dried raisins, a single after dinner mint which I stockpile from restaurants (oldest is a vintage 2006 - lovely green wrapper) or a glass of prune juice. No longer allowed to tell them about the benefits of drinking it. The local parents thought it was "a bit weird" last year.

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By The Dullard
31st Oct 2019 16:48

Bob Loblaw wrote:

The local parents thought it was "a bit weird" last year.

They're not going to be knocking again this year!. I imagine they have a "pet" name for you!

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By lesley.barnes
31st Oct 2019 16:47

No sweets at our house. My grandchildren will be going out in a group dressed in Halloween Costumes and supervised by parents. No trickery allowed all nice and civilised and 12 miles away from me. They had a Halloween party last Saturday but this granny didn't dress up but no one noticed so all was good.

The big brats that roam my area don't bother with dressing up and they only want cash. The streets will be littered tomorrow with sweets and smashed up cupcakes. The dog will think all its Halloweens' have come at once as he tries to hoover them up without being noticed.

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By DJKL
31st Oct 2019 17:22

We tend to only get the local kids accompanied by the loitering parent at the end of the path (know how they feel as had that role myself many years ago)

We have in the office a figure , about three foot high, that talks and then removes its face to be a skull, I used to bring it home for Halloween and get it to answer the door but these days frankly do not have the energy.

I know my other half has bought sweets, and know my daughter will be in, so if I cook the meal then head upstairs to my study all door opening ought to devolve to them.

My wife, working in a school, tends to be more in touch with these sorts of things, ,my own children now being old, both over halfway through their twenties, I am really pretty out of touch from understanding smaller children and am at that point where grandchildren have not started popping out, though as my two older sisters now have some and my son is getting married next year maybe I only have a few more years before babysitting etc beckons.

For the avoidance of doubt no money ever paid out, sweets or nothing.

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By Tax Dragon
31st Oct 2019 17:29

DJKL wrote:

I know my other half has bought sweets, and know my daughter will be in, so if I cook the meal then head upstairs to my study all door opening ought to devolve to them.

Missed a trick there.... under devo max they ought to be doing the cooking as well!

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By DJKL
31st Oct 2019 20:52

Not on a Thursday or Friday, I am now just a Mon-Wed part timer with no practice anymore to occupy Thursdays or Fridays, cooking is fine, quite relaxing with R4 burbling in the background.

We share the cooking- I cannot really bake (cakes/bread are not my strong points) and for some reason nor can I make good soup, my other half can do both (her soups are excellent) but I am likely the slightly better cook re other cooking like casseroles, mac/cheese,stir frys, roasts, steak, fish , souffles etc (my mother was seriously ill from the time I was ten so I have been cooking now for a very long time)

Re my daughter cooking, that does not happen, with her we are down at the level of mastery of pouring water into a Pot Noodle-when she came back to Edinburgh from St Andrews Greggs profit up there must have plummeted.

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By memyself-eye
31st Oct 2019 17:31

Elderly gent hands out 'sweets' to children....
Hmmm..the words Rolf and Harris spring to mind.

Pub for me.

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By mrme89
31st Oct 2019 18:56

I've thrown eggs at my own window and spray painted 'nonce' and 'peado' all over the garden fence.
I'll be having some wine in peace tonight.

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By Wilson Philips
31st Oct 2019 19:16

The usual for me - a pair of silver spray painted wellies at the door and a sign saying “Gary Glitter lives here”

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By Roland195
31st Oct 2019 20:46

Is no-one concerned that some of these apple cheeked urchins may be over 16 and therefore if they supply said trick in exchange for such treat they are essentially entering into a contract with the little rascals having no intention to return this to Her Majesty's Revenue? Usually on Aweb we'd all be wringing our hands about the AML aspect - if they are wearing masks, do we still have to report?

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By DJKL
31st Oct 2019 20:56

Up here we can have a contract without consideration, unilateral gratuitous promise I seem to remember from the law lectures.

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By Mr_awol
01st Nov 2019 09:15

Cant believe the miserly responses so far.

I welcome them with a pumpkin at the gate. Of course they don't have a fob to get through - and even if they do ring the bell and I open it they can't normally be bothered to walk 2/3 of a mile to the house. Any that do, however, are always given a penny chew and a ten second head start before I let the Alsatians out...…….

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By Constantly Confused
01st Nov 2019 09:59

I, for my part, bought some random sweets then watched a horror film with all the lights off. I don't know if my house was passed by or not in that time, but when I turned the lights on at half 6 I had a knock at the door a few minutes later.

I always find the whole thing awkward (I mean, what do you say to the child? "Oooh I like your costume, very scary"... I feel like a member of the Royals awkwardly trying to converse with a commoner), but the two children who came left with more chocolate than they came with and I felt I did my part, so all's well.

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By bernard michael
01st Nov 2019 10:13

It's just another load of US B*****ks like Mothers day, Father's Day and Black Friday
Why do we import them ??

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By DJKL
01st Nov 2019 23:35

Sorry, we have had guising here for years, I suspect the US version is the export of the Scottish , Irish and Northern English version, so far from it being US it probably arises from up here- a UK export.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trick-or-treating

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By cathygrimmer
01st Nov 2019 10:38

I've never liked the idea of kids knocking on doors asking for stuff so mine didn't do it. I avoided it this year by taking my son to see Joker at our local Curzon. Brilliant film!

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By Counting numbers
06th Nov 2019 13:36

Living on a street known locally as 'Halloween Avenue' has meant we now embrace Halloween wholeheartedly. We ran out of sweets in thirty minutes last year so we had to up our game this year. If you can't beat them join them!

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