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There are a lot of mixed opinions about Halloween. Some people say it's a lot of good fun for all ages, and others may say it's anti-religious, Americanised, and not good for society. What do you think about Halloween? Do you celebrate or take part in it?
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Do you celebrate or take part in it?
Absolutely, love all of the candy...
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There are a lot of mixed opinions about Halloween. Some people say it's a lot of good fun for all ages, and others may say it's anti-religious, Americanised, and not good for society. What do you think about Halloween? Do you celebrate or take part in it?
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.
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I dress up as a 28 year old Barista with a Masters degree. Scary, huh?

Actually, I live in a residential area so there's going to be kids knocking on doors. I'll prepare some sweets but otherwise I'll be indoors studying. :erm:
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I dress up as a 28 year old Barista with a Masters degree. Scary, huh?

Actually, I live in a residential area so there's going to be kids knocking on doors. I'll prepare some sweets but otherwise I'll be indoors studying. :erm:
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Another thing, do people feel pressured to receive trick or treaters and give out sweets even when they don't want to?
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:lol:

Another thing, do people feel pressured to receive trick or treaters and give out sweets even when they don't want to?
I know I feel some pressure. Their faces will be like :puppyeyes::puppyeyes::puppyeyes: and I'd feel guilty about turning them away.
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Imo it brings some sort of togetherness to the society. Usually it would feel like breaking a socially unwritten rule to knock on one's door and have a chat or bump into a stranger on the road and hint at their pack of Maoam, but you could shamelessly do those things in Halloween.

However it does go against some religious beliefs as it's a Pagan celebration and a lot of religious old heads are typically fundamentally minded and narrow thinkers. Personally I don't go out trick or treating because only heaven knows if the content of those lemon sweets are actually Sherbet or flavored Ricin.
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I really don't care about it. Don't get trick or treaters either so its good
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thanks for changing the title
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i don't think it is beneficial to society in some ways as it genuinly frightens me when later on all the thugs come out and start yelling and shouting in the stree (not talking about the little toddler trick or treaters here). I just stay inside and don't answer the door. I also think it is rude to knock at people's houses who clearly don't celebrate it (no orange stickers or pumpkins). However i suppose it could be beneficial to the economy as people buy more stuff at halloween
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I was acc going to make a thread like this today but oh well.

The reason I dislike it is (totally not because its hard to shop for things for my birthday when all I can see is Halloween things) that it seems to be able to be connected to many things.

With other holidays (Christmas, Easter, e.g), behind the it there is a certain message or idea. Is there actually a widespread positive message behind Halloween? I would like to hear it if you think so.

Because of this lack of direction, companies can slap Haloween onto anything in order to get money. Of course its not only the companies that will do this. Many people will attend Halloween parties in order to get sweets/food/drunk/laid.

Trick or treating is another issue. In my neighbourhood even though we have a no trick or treating sign on our door, people still come up asking for sweets. Is this a day where common courtesy goes out the window? This is as bad as people asking for no junk mail but people still post it (not that this is such a important example or anything).

My final point is that people just accept sweets from anyone. If this was any other day, people would be suspicious but in Halloween this is common practice. Whilst I think these kind of people would still try to drug others, the idea that this holiday gives a perfect excuse for it is worrying.

TL;DR- Lack of respectable central concept allows holiday to be twisted for anybodys needs
People feel self entitled to ask for sweets even when people aren't offering
The lack of safety about sweet distribution is concerning.

I would like to see conversation about the points I brought up. Thanks for reading this essay even though its probably trash.
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(Original post by BurstingBubbles)
:lol:

Another thing, do people feel pressured to receive trick or treaters and give out sweets even when they don't want to?
I mean, they don't have to answer the door
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I mean, they don't have to answer the door
But what if it's someone else? We usually write a note for no trick or treaters
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Its fun. Fun is beneficial.

However bonfire night is 100 times better.
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But what if it's someone else? We usually write a note for no trick or treaters
You can generally tell, in my experience
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Absolutely. Society needs variety or else it will stagnate. Christmas, Easter, and Halloween all provide this. It's a shame they've been so heavily commercialised, but it hasn't gotten to the point where it has a negative effect.

Besides, it means all the ugly kids can win competitions for best costumes without having to dress up.
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But what if it's someone else? We usually write a note for no trick or treaters
Do you want to get egged? Because that is how you get egged.
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I think if it was that beneficial to society we'd all get a day off work/school. Lol

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Just a money making scheme at the end of the day.
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Do you want to get egged? Because that is how you get egged.
What kind of neighbourhood do you live in? :lolwut:
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Do you want to get egged? Because that is how you get egged.
It's worked for the last 18 or more years.
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