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old topic/ new poll [message #724307] Mon, 31 October 2011 20:20 Go to next message
Dina  is currently offline Dina
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Participation in Trick or Treat[ 45 vote(s) ]
1.We have never participated in Trick or Treat 17 / 38%
2.We have always participated in trick or treat. 7 / 16%
3.we used to , but we dont anymore. 3 / 7%
4.We hadnt done it, but now we do. 2 / 4%
5.we've done various things re: trick or treat over years. 10 / 22%
6.obligatory other 6 / 13%

I havent seen the yearly Halloween postings.... and maybe ive missed them, maybe it isnt as big a deal as it used to be to us, or maybe we've outgrown the discussion. Very Happy But tonight , i thought i would ask specifically about trick or treat.... not beliefs or harvest parties.


Dina ....... HE has made me glad!
Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724308 is a reply to message #724307 ] Mon, 31 October 2011 20:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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This family is a never Smile


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Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724314 is a reply to message #724307 ] Mon, 31 October 2011 20:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724321 is a reply to message #724307 ] Mon, 31 October 2011 21:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Honestly, I used to get really worked up about the whole issue when my kids were younger. And I regret it. Too much energy expended. There are a lot bigger issues IMO.

Robin H.
Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724324 is a reply to message #724307 ] Mon, 31 October 2011 21:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Until this year (ds is 16) we've always done trick or treating. In PA we lived out in the country and drove to homes of people we knew. Out here we've done the neighborhood thing.


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Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724325 is a reply to message #724324 ] Mon, 31 October 2011 21:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We did when the kids were teeny.

Then we didn't, mostly because I had a friend who grew up in a cult and was abused and the worst part of the year was around Halloween -- she was *appalled* that any Christians celebrated it, so for her sake, we didn't. Now, the kids make their own costumes and go with their cousins.

The grown kids were going to a party that got canceled this year when we got 15 inches of snow in the Nor'Easter =-0, so we had a costume party/dinner at home.

It was fun Smile


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724329 is a reply to message #724307 ] Mon, 31 October 2011 22:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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We don't.

I went shopping today and the clerks were dressed up. That was fun as some were really imaginative.

There was no Halloween here in our city until about four years ago when two big chain grocery stores opened. They sold pumpkins--including classes that showed you what to do with a pumpkin, candy and costumes. Then it started catching on.

This afternoon, starting at about 4pm, we had to discounnect the doorbell. I was walking home from the gym and there were tons of people, not from our neighborhood, making the trek through looking for candy. And there were a bunch of pre-teens with half hearted attempts with masks.

Tomorrow is a huge holiday here and none of the kids will have school, so lots of people are out late tonight. It is not safe to be opening your door, in my opinion.


In Him--Tracy
Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724330 is a reply to message #724307 ] Mon, 31 October 2011 22:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Mixture of things. Kids usually went, but we also did other things. We do hand out candy, keeps activities down. This year is really sparce though! (I am sitting outside...it's 80 out Wink)


Teri in AZ

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Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724331 is a reply to message #724307 ] Mon, 31 October 2011 22:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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we dont either. <Edited because i maybe did get into beliefs...>

Tracy, be safe!

all theology aside, the safety issues are purely another issue for me. What other day do i let kids take treats from strangers. It just is so odd to me.

[Updated on: Mon, 31 October 2011 23:58]


Dina ....... HE has made me glad!
Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724334 is a reply to message #724331 ] Mon, 31 October 2011 23:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Dina wrote on Mon, 31 October 2011 22:25

all theology aside, the safety issues are purely another issue for me. What other day do i let kids take treats from strangers. It just is so odd to me.



For us, our "town" is so tiny, you almost know everyone anyway. In a sense, for a small village like ours, it builds a sense of community and is something fun for the kids to experience together.

My safety issues are- always being dark for trick/treating and for us, there are no sidewalks, so walking along the roads makes me nervous. The kids are so excited to get to the next house for more candy they someitmes don't think about the vehicles.

We never did t/t when my girls were small. We lived on farms in the middle of nowhere, and no one came to your house and my girls didn't even know about it till they went to school. I think the first year we did t/t my oldest would have been 7. Then we were sporadic off and on about it.

This year my boys did it and I said it was OK, mainly because it's the very first year they've ever had friends live close by us and had friends who they could t/t with.

There- I tried to say that all without getting into beliefs. Wink


Michele
Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724342 is a reply to message #724307 ] Tue, 01 November 2011 00:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Kate Megill  is currently offline Kate Megill
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I posted other because we have never trick-or-treated, but we do have a family outreach where we DO give out candy, but it is more than giving out candy.


In His Joy and Grace,

Kate

Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724353 is a reply to message #724307 ] Tue, 01 November 2011 07:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We've never trick or treated, but we have given out candy and shared the gospel as a family. Smile

On a side note: the two boys that live next door came by last night and gave our kids 2 candy bars attached to a large sheet of paper, and on the paper they had typed, "Just because you are our friends."

They know we don't trick or treat, and my kids were so touched by that.


Grace & Peace,
Diana

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Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724355 is a reply to message #724307 ] Tue, 01 November 2011 07:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Did growing up, and participated in giving out candy back home.

Cousin did the handing out last night, as I was at my church's fall festival.
Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724359 is a reply to message #724307 ] Tue, 01 November 2011 08:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa L. in Pa.  is currently offline Lisa L. in Pa.
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I allowed dd to do it for a few years before I began, as a Christian, to feel very uncomfortable with it (and I really don't encourage my kids to eat all candy!). Ds (who is five) lamented a few times the past few weeks about us not doing Halloween.


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Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724376 is a reply to message #724307 ] Tue, 01 November 2011 09:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We do. We go to my hometown where my parents live (there are no trick-or-treaters around here, so no one bothers to buy candy) and walk from my mom's house to my Grandma's house, going the long way so we pass by all our friends and family (and getting candy from whoever is on the way). Until last year it was during the day on a Sunday. But, they had so many kids from other towns that they moved it to match up with everyone else. It is better for the residents in the evening because there aren't as many kids (my mom always bought enough for 300 kids and normally ran out half-way through when it was during the day Shocked ), but it is better for the kids during the day.


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Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724389 is a reply to message #724307 ] Tue, 01 November 2011 10:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We never did much when the kids were little. We avoided it for many years, then decided to attend our churches fall festival and spend the evening at Chic fil a with another family. Then we began to hand out candy and bookmarks etc.

The past 4 years we have done a "block" party. We carve our pumpkins with a cross and sign of the fish in them. We have a campfire and fire up the grill, invited folks from church over for hotdogs and marshmallows, we serve hot coffee, cider and water bottles to those who are trick or treating, last year we had a popcorn machine. Some years we have books to give away to the adults. It has become a great way to connect with our neighbors and turn a dark scary night into a wonderful one.

This year due to finances (and the weather) we just bought a bag of candy and handed it out, we had about 20 t0 25 kids come by.

We used to hide, but as the kids got older we have decided to redeem the day/night. God made all the days, Satan just hijacked Oct 31st. We intend to take it back every year that we are able! Very Happy


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Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724390 is a reply to message #724307 ] Tue, 01 November 2011 10:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Sorry, just re read your post. My kids did NOT trick or treat when they were little. In fact my daughter did not until she was 16 and took the little girls in our neighborhood around.


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Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724410 is a reply to message #724307 ] Tue, 01 November 2011 12:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I voted other. Dh and I were raised trick or treating..when we married 19 years ago, we researched Halloween and were convicted to stop celebrating it. Our children have never done trick or treating.


Lisa

Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724490 is a reply to message #724410 ] Tue, 01 November 2011 18:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We've never done it - but it isn't a big tradition around here anyway. We didn't get anyone coming to our door at all, and I actually forgot about it - DH's birthday is the day before, so we're always taken up celebrating that, so I tend to forget about Halloween.

And I would never let my kids do it, mostly because I disapprove of "begging" and especially of the implied blackmail or "give me a treat or I'll play a nasty trick on you!"

[Updated on: Tue, 01 November 2011 18:55]


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Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724511 is a reply to message #724307 ] Tue, 01 November 2011 20:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We don't celebrate it here in Mexico much either. That is why it has never been an issue.
Just recently a few people I know started celebrating Halloween.

Santa is another thing they do no do not do much here! It was just never an issue with my children.

Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724514 is a reply to message #724511 ] Tue, 01 November 2011 20:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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My cousin in Germany wrote on his Facebook wall that he was surprised when some children showed up on his doorstep in costumes. Halloween is something fairly new over there.


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Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724542 is a reply to message #724307 ] Wed, 02 November 2011 01:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I voted other.

We used to take the kids to fall festivals when they were young. And then ds came along... It seemed heartless to take him to something where he'd get bunches of candy (and popcorn and hot dogs) that he couldn't eat. I'd probably let them go t-o-t'ing now, but there's still the allergies.... Different moms do things like "buy" their kid's candy, but not all of my kids would be willing to sell and I could see that as being problematic so we just never tried. We'd give out candy, but I live at the end of a street and no one has ever come down here. I did see a bunch of kids this year. I wonder if new people have moved in around the area. But our neighbors gave out candy one year and told us that no one ever came.

So we've just stayed inside and watched movies together. This year I had to take my older ones to a play rehearsal and dad had to do work so I think they watched a movie, but it wasn't fun like in years past. He did hang out with them while he worked, though.


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Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724564 is a reply to message #724542 ] Wed, 02 November 2011 08:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We try to really go all out for fall here at my house. We have pumpkins and hay bales and scarecrows. We go apple picking. The kids like corn mazes (I get a bit claustrophobic so I pass) and hay rides. We get really happy when it gets cold because that means hot chocolate. The fall also means hunting for my son (he is out hunting now) so he definitely looks forward to fall. We make a big deal about Thanksgiving. When the kids were little, we always did stuff that included Pilgrims and Indians Smile We would cook traditional foods. One of their favorite things is they would eat standing up at the dinner table because in Pilgrim times, only the parents got to sit at the table!


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Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724581 is a reply to message #724564 ] Wed, 02 November 2011 09:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I voted "other." We trick-or-treated when I was really little, up till age 4 or 5, but we knew all our neighbors very well (all older, grandparent-types) and always went with other friends and all our parents, so it was very safe.

Then we quit trick-or-treating and had a few years where we had "fall parties" for me and a few friends at my house - we'd play games and eat "fall" foods and candy. That was a hit till I outgrew the need/desire to participate in Halloween in some way.

We started giving out candy when we moved 4 years ago to get to know more of our neighbors, and it has just "stuck" as our new tradition. We get a LOT of children in our neighborhood, and I just think it's something fun to do for them and for us.


Emily
Re: old topic/ new poll [message #724585 is a reply to message #724307 ] Wed, 02 November 2011 09:28 Go to previous message
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I voted "used to/don't anymore" -

When I was young, we trick-or-treated in our neighborhood (what's with it now where people are cruising other people's neighborhoods?) accompanied by one of our parents. I remember the big scare about people slipping razors into apples, and that ended accepting any apples. In fact, I think that one year we weren't allowed to trick-or-treat at all as a result...though that could be a faulty memory. That was back in the day of primarily home-made costumes or those that were store bought were flammable plastic "jammies" and those horrible hard plastic masks with the eyes and mouth cut out...you'd get all steamy hot in them. For some reason I remember my brother or myself every year getting our tongues caught or cut by trying to be silly and stick them through our masks. We probably stopped trick-or-treating when our parents felt we came to an appropriate age. I don't recall.

My kids trick-or-treated only for a couple of years. I was not lugging babies and toddlers about in the dark...and by then, yes, I came to see trick-or-treating as begging. I then began taking a look at fitting my life into scripture rather than the other way around, and was really convicted to end Halloween. When I approached my husband, he agreed...as he really never had celebrated Halloween, much to my surprise, as his own mother gave way to a similar conviction during his childhood. For a couple of years we substituted Fall Festivals & Noah Nites held at our church. When the children, who were still young at the time, began to reveal that they saw a contradiction in saying "no Halloween" with the church activities (they basically were one in the same...allow the kids to dress up, throw some scripture on Halloween or make it a theme, and it was *still* the same to the kids when they later visited Grandma/pa giving out candy to kids who also were dressed up). The third year in to the festivals, I noticed that it was indeed an outreach, which simplified things too much for my kids (meaning I also felt it was beginning to undermine where they were) and that there were just as many gore-y and inappropriate costumes showing up. All this coincided with their complaint that it was the same, and their demands to go trick-or-treating (and all of this was backed up by grandparents) that I decided not to fight against it at all and just outright banned it all together in our family. Couldn't root it out completely, because of relatives, but it did effectively end anything from our household's perspective.

My eldest - who would have the most memories of any dressing up - threw for the last three (four?) years, costume parties for her birthday in November (and one other party)...that was her favorite part, not the candy, so she's getting her fix that way.


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