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    (Original post by shadowdweller)
    I don't think we've ever been egged for ignoring trick or treaters/leaving a sign saying the same
    My friend once had an egg thrown at her as she left the house because her mum hadn't been answering to trick or treaters.
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    (Original post by Viva Emptiness)
    What costume/role is that?
    Scary old witch that lives up the street in the creepy house that terrifies all the kids.You dress in black after all. You're all Gothic like, which is basically a form of horror

    Which at the rip old age of 26 is pretty impressive :yy:
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    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    Scary old witch that lives up the street in the creepy house that terrifies all the kids.You dress in black after all. You're all Gothic like, which is basically a form of horror

    Which at the rip old age of 26 is pretty impressive :yy:
    I'm not gothic at all and to be labelled as such in my twenties is kind of insulting.
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    Hallowe'en is not just a made-up commercialised event - it has roots in the festival of Allhallowtide, which was traditionally the time dedicated to remembering the dead. You have All Saints' Day on 1 November, and All Souls' Day on 2 November, and Halloween is the 'eve' or vigil of those feast days, with roots in both Christian and pagan practices apparently. It was traditionally thought of as a time when the dead were especially close to us, the living, and hence the tradition of ghosts etc. that are associated with Halloween. The lighting of bonfires, which is very common in Ireland for example, harks back to when people used to leave lights on graves for All Souls' Day. It has actually been very widely celebrated in Ireland for a long time, though without things like trick-or-treating obviously, which are a more modern idea.

    Is it beneficial to society? Maybe, maybe not, as with many festivals and holidays. Personally I prefer it to Bonfire Night, with its sectarian overtones.
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    One issue I have is some of the horrendous things people do to cats on halloween. This may be more (or only) common in USA, but there's plenty of stories every single year about poor black cats. It's an old tale or symbol about them bringing bad luck and people take it way too far on this holiday, with all sorts of tortures and murders of black cats... I read a while ago that some pet adoption centres have stopped allowing the adoption of black cats on/around halloween to help prevent this.
    I'm not sure of the frequency of these cases in the UK, however with the horrible stories of cat abuse in Manchester this year I wouldn't be surprised if people follow here also.
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    (Original post by minimarshmallow)
    Do people live in areas where youths don't go around egging buildings, cars, people etc.? Is it a sign that I come from a really rough area that I just assumed that was normal, and also that it was low level compared to some of the stuff that goes on here.

    Oh dear.
    Yeah they do it here and I thought it was normal, I guess people on TSR just live in perfect neighbourhoods :yy:
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    It's not beneficial for society just an excuse for children to guilt trip their neighbours in to giving them sweets and for uni students to dress up like ***** and get even more drunk than usual but it's also not harmful either.


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    That came across as though I'm one of those people who has an issue with the going out culture at uni, I really don't at all


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    it is very beneficial: the spirits of the dead are placated and will not cause trouble in the year ahead.
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    I quite enjoy Halloween. The trick or treaters we get are usually young families with small children who are adorable. Never hear of any trouble too near to where I live. We usually buy sweets to hand out and have a scary film to watch.


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    I disagree with Halloween for the following reasons:

    Spending too much money on sweets
    Children out in the dark
    Children knocking on strangers homes
    Children receiving sweets from strangers
    Celebration of the devil
    Vandalism if people don't give the children sweets
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    (Original post by Kalail)
    I disagree with Halloween for the following reasons:

    Spending too much money on sweets
    Children out in the dark
    Children knocking on strangers homes
    Children receiving sweets from strangers
    Celebration of the devil
    Vandalism if people don't give the children sweets
    If your child is scummy enough to vandalise someone's house if they don't get sweets then they're probably scummy enough to do it for the fun of it on any day of the year


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    It's my favourite holiday. I love fancy dress parties
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    I love Halloween. Of course it's beneficial to society as it's been for thousands of years, but not all people celebrate it, that's fair enough. You don't have to enjoy ii or be interested. My friend thinks Halloween is commercial rubbish. I love the season and all the spooky stuff with pumpkins.
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    (Original post by Onde)
    It is inefficient for our economy. Not logical.
    In what way is it inefficient?
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    I don't think something has to be 'beneficial' to not be a negative thing. The only problem is the offensive and stigmatising stereotypes that some people dress up as. Some people think it's funny to dress up as a culture and that it's a good idea to imply that people who have a mental illness are scary and dangerous.
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    (Original post by Onde)
    At the very least, there are more efficient ways of having fun.
    You could apply that logic to most things though :holmes:
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    (Original post by shadowdweller)
    I don't think it's beneficial to society, but I also don't think it's bad for it, at least not inherently. It's good fun if people take it in that spirit, though not everyone will enjoy.
    spirit.... gettit?!? :awesome:
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    (Original post by Smilin’ Knight)
    spirit.... gettit?!? :awesome:
    :lol:

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    As a parent, I hope that Halloween would stop being a thing. I don't want my toddlers high on sugar and my teenagers dressing like sluts.
 
 
 
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