That's how I feel, too, especially being in a country without Christian/American/Pagan (lol) holidays. If/when I have kids, I want them to experience each holiday in MI at least once.
I dunno how you can do that, Witchy. D:I grew up a military brat but I don't remember ever being out of the country. We were, but I was only 2. My husband has been talking about joining the Navy which makes me nervous because I don't want to go out of the country. As much as I hate a lot of things about America(such as the view on beauty, healthcare, and the hypocrisy of some people)but I'm very much attached to being able to understand people when they are talking and the customs of some other countries scares the heck out of me. My fear mainly comes from when my family WAS out of the country though. My little brother was born in Greece and apparently they didn't want my parents leaving the country with him. D:
My parents don't even let me celebrate Halloween so at least you could even go trick or treating =
I'm glad it's not just me. It was fun dressing up my nephews and niece and myself - don't get me wrong - but I had the same problem of hardly any houses dishing out the sweets and chocolates for the kids!!
And the majority of sweets that were handed out were hard sweets and lollipops, which my sister doesn't like them to have!! One of two of them even gave out money instead of sweets. I get the people run out and stuff, but it kinda loses the spark of Hallowe'en.
My nephew was dissapointed but I managed to convince him that the penny's can be fun because he could go to the shops the next day and choose his own sweeties!!
I was slightly dissapointed that I didn't have as much fun as I antitpated. Although on the other hand, if I was at home instead, I'd have been having to hand out the sweets and stuff... meh
I hate to be a Halloween nazi but I just hate Halloween!
Don't like what it stands for, don't like the dressing up, don't like pumpkins, really hate it.
I'm not sure why. Perhaps its cos when I was a kid it wasn't really a big deal. It seems to have got bigger and bigger as the years have gone by. I mean I used to carve a pumpkin but that was it. Never got to go trick or treating or anything.
I get the impression it's treated as a proper holiday in the states but in the UK alot of people don't really like it or celebrate it.
Rant over! You can stone me for being a big old grumpy Halloween hater now!
Minnie it's not just you, I know plenty of people that dislike Halloween. I think we make a bigger deal out of it then it is... I don't know. Halloween has definatly grown in the UK, we never made a big deal out of it when I was a kid, rarely went trick or treating, never carved a pumpkin in my life before and stuff.
I made a big deal out of it this year because I wanted to take my nephews and niece soooo badly!! And I did and was left slightly dissapointed.
I do like the dressing up, I might try pumpkin carving next year. I think the IDEA of Halloween is better then the actual holiday since so many people have commented on this thread stating thir dissapointment.
I don't know... excuse my crazy rant.
WOW, Abbyka! If Shlomi and I have kids, we will have to fight tooth-and-nail to get them citizenship, because I am not Jewish! Even then, they will always be second-class citizens unable to marry Jews because they are not Jewish.
Trust me, I have made it clear that I don't think I actually want kids. >.<
really? thats crazy. That means you would have to convert is you wanted to get married in Isreal?
We got in loads of sweets cause we know there are kids around, but none came knocking =(
Me and a bunch of friends went out to a gig and dressed up, which was pretty fun, but it wasn't as good as it usually is. Last year I had three Halloween celebrations!
I just love Halloween, it's so fun. I love carving pumpkins and dressing up and that. I hope when I have kids they can go trick-or-treating
Michelle, even if I converted, I wouldn't be "good enough," because he is a Cohen (aka, of the priestly class), and even though he is agnostic, they still consider him to be "of the priestly class." It's b.s. because, quite honestly, I come from king lines all the way back to biblical times when I actually came from a priest line as well--they can't do better than that!!! They are really prejudiced, though. I hate to say it, but I can see why the rest of the world has always been antisemitic. x.x
Anyway, I didn't want to get married in Israel, anyway. Their celebrations are overpriced, the couple doesn't get to pick the colors of their own wedding (it's the colors of the overpriced hall they choose), and there isn't even wedding cake!!!
Who on Earth wants to get married like THAT? -.-
I like Hallowe'en but I'm not overly keen on the practice of trick or treating because you always get some *&^%$^&* who thinks it's funny to egg your house if you have your lights off or are obviously not answering the door. Mischief night is even worse though.
Where we used to live we organised Hallowe'en parties with the other mums at nursery/school so every year everyone went to a different house, we all dressed up and played game etc which was great and didn't involve freezing your bum off on the streets.
Bryony I think that is a much better idea and at least you are guaranteed more fun...
My daughter was 18 on Samhain (halloween) and had a house party with lots of decorations. The large pentagram, alter with candles, athames, chalice and bowl and two real bezzams (witches brooms) are normal fixtures. She had lots of sweets for the local kids who came in to look at the hanging cobwebs and spiders....Lol
I had a wonderful Samhain (pronounced sow-wain) with my partner in Whitby.
We dressed for dinner every day in Victorian clothing. People were polite and respectful of our beliefs and attire. It was great just to be myself. We even got asked if photo's could be taken of us because of our outfits.
Samhain is a time when we meet up with old friends, make new ones and remember those who are no longer with us. We light candles to welcome their spirits to our celebrations.
We don't dress as witches or warlocks.....that's more for Beltane celebrations ;)
It's maybe because us Pagans have a alternative view of 31st October that is means so much to us.
Blessed be x
Damn it Sheila you were at the Goth weekend weren't you? xx
lol, and Sheila seems to be the only mellow one here. Well, my Halloween was okay, I guess. It was kind of short for me. By the time I got to the 3rd block there was hardly any trick or treaters. So really it was just 1 hour of getting candy from strangers. Either they were watching the Rangers game or they were at that boring block party. We didn't do anything the first time I went there, glad I didn't go this year. Then when I was walking home these little kids said "Not even scary" and they were dressed up as Alice in Wonderland and Luke Sky Walker, lol.
Halloween didn't seem that fun this year. Usually there would be kids trick or treating at 6:30 but this time no one went until 7:00. Then it all just stopped at 8:00. It used to be so fun, of coarse that was when I was little and I didn't really know what was going on... but oh well, you can't live in the past.
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