Monday, 31 October 2016

This is Halloween

So October 31st is upon us once again. That means that it's time for Halloween. As a Brit I've oft heard people comment that they are tired of the Americanisation of the UK and that Halloween represents a prime example of this. Apparently Halloween is a relatively new thing to the UK. I always found that kind of reasoning odd because I'm in my mid-20s and I remember trick or treating and dressing up as a kid. So I know that, at the very least, Halloween has been a thing in the UK for 20 years now. So it's probably about time that people got over it and accepted that it's become a thing here now.
Still no Thanksgiving though.
As much as I enjoy some aspects of Halloween I fully accept I'm too lazy and antisocial to actually hand out candy. So I don't mind too much that there aren't that many kids around here trick or treating. So I guess there is a case to the idea that it isn't that popular here. Everyone in this house lives upstairs anyway so the house sometimes looks empty from the outside. Maybe kids just walk past our house thinking that no one is inside?

All I know for sure is that I'll be ignoring the doorbell all day. Well, a little more than usual.


  1. "I'm too lazy and antisocial to actually hand out candy"
    Hand out vegetables instead. Become *that* house. The problem will solve itself.

  2. We always get into the spirit, I love Halloween. Unfortunately I was at work yesterday but still got to see a few of the trick or treaters out and about. Halloween has changed a lot since I was a kid but it's not a bad thing (after all the pagan tradition came from these isles originally anyway). Shame you couldn't but together a bowl of sweets for the local kids though, it's great fun!

  3. "Grrr, how dare we adopt a fun holiday that celebrates dressing up and gorging yourself on candy! This is unacceptable!"

    Who the f*** thinks like this?

  4. That first paragraph is so me as well Mark. I keep hearing that Halloween is a relatively new thing for us but as far back as my memory goes it's always been a big deal here. Apparently in France nobody bothers with it though, so there is some evidence to suggest it's the truth and we just have started to celebrate it more over the last 25 years.

    I'm a bit like you in that I tend to hide away and hope nobody calls trick or treating on the night itself, I hope you had a good one though man.

  5. As American as Halloween is, I'm thinking it's pretty benign. It could be much, much worse. For instance, you could adopt a "Dress Like Donald Trump Day" at work.

  6. Hello Mark,

    Halloween is a time for people to enjoy and have fun. It is a great time for kids. Holidays are necessary for us to relax and recuperate.

    In India Halloween is not popular. Just a few days back we celebrated Diwali, a festival of lights.

    Best wishes

  7. Halloween is not a thing I am interested in as until 20 years ago more or less it wasn't a thing here in Aus


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