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In Poland it is a very solemn day. All graves are turned into veritable hils of flowers, mostly chrysanthemums, white, golden, purple, and innumerable candles and lamps are lit around them... It is a season of golden leaves and white mists, beautiful and melancholy... In the night the cemeteries look like eerie clouds of shimmering little flames, like Dead Marshes "when the candles are lit"... and we are thinking about those who are no more with us...
That's very moving Eryan. I like that thought far more than cardboard skeletons in wondows and fake cobwebs. Big Smile Smilie
I agree, sadness is beautiful, we should not try to be funny and die out of laughter on every possible occasion. Nienna, the Valar Lady eternally mourning for the sorrows of this world, was one of the most important Valar and the teacher of wisdom for Gandalf...
Halloween actually doesn't mean anything to me, cos over here we normally don't celebrate it and I'm not planning to take over the American habit, as much fun as it can be. Sorry. Smoke Smilie
It used to be a case of making elderberry wine and ginger beer, dunking for apples and hanging giant spiders or paper ghosts in the toilet to scare my auntie. Now it's a case of handing out sweets covered in pepper to all the kids who come banging on my door asking for tricks.
Means absolutely nothing to me. It just an excuse for rebel rousers to vandalize private and public property resulting in extra tax revenues going to pay the Mounties overtime.
I live too far from the maddening crowd to have trick or treaters knock on my door.
Loved it when I was a kid, however! All that candy, yummmmm!
Unforutunately our society just isn't safe enough anymore for the tradtional Halloween Trick or Treat. Pumpkin Smilie

Eryan, it sounds like a beautiful day of celebration of the life of those loved ones who have completed this earthly journey. I find Poland's Halloween tradition so much more appealing.
Halloween has meant nothing to me since I was twelve, which was the last time I went Trick or Treating. The neighborhood where my grandmother lives is mobbed by literally hundreds of Trick or Treaters every year and some, as Allyssa said, aren't dressed up and are WAY too old to be Trick or Treating. Not much vandalism as Mischeif Night was banned years ago and police are out in force.

Having said that, the little kids are cute in their little costumes and it's cool how creative some people can be in decorating their homes.

For home decoration, I much prefer Christmas. Some of the houses here are absolutely spectacular! They have to be seen to be believed!
hmm Halloween means to me that I get to scare kids half to death, eat lots of candie, and act like i always do but under the guise of being in costume this time.. :P

and im 23!!!!!

last time i actually went trick or treating i was ummm maybe 15! One guy gave me a beer!
In America we visit the graves on Memorial Day 30 May or there about and some of us remember the saints who have passed-on, on 01 November, "All Saints Day" which sounds more like the Polish Halloween. Our Halloween is the day for the little devils and witches to do their dastardly deeds. Memorial Day was originally set up to honor the fallen in war while Veteran's Day (old Armistice day 11 November) was to honor the living veterans; however, these last two days have become vary confused and I'm not sure if the VFW and American Legion know the difference between them anymore. Elf Confused Smilie
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In Poland it is a very solemn day. All graves are turned into veritable hils of flowers, mostly chrysanthemums, white, golden, purple, and innumerable candles and lamps are lit around them... It is a season of golden leaves and white mists, beautiful and melancholy... In the night the cemeteries look like eerie clouds of shimmering little flames, like Dead Marshes "when the candles are lit"... and we are thinking about those who are no more with us...

We have the same thing in Romania!-here it's called 'Day Of The Deads'and it's really touching.About the halloween stuff9imported from u.s.)-it's just an excuse for me to chop some pumpkins and stare at all those weirdos in the streets all dressed up and prettending to be scary.I have to admit it occured to me to dress as a Nazgul and go wandering town screaming 'Shire!' and 'Baggins!'..... Very Big Grin Smilie
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I have to admit it occured to me to dress as a Nazgul and go wandering town screaming 'Shire!' and 'Baggins!'


Hehe. Not A bad Idea! Unfortunately, I'm fresh outta long black cloaks and taloned boots and my Morgul blade is in the shop for polishing. Sad Smilie
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HELP! PUMPKINS ARE TAKING OVER THE WORLD!
Halloween means to me plastic pumpkins, fluffy pumpkins, carved pumpkins, pumpkin hats... I'm scared to go out of the house! It's madness, I tell you! Paranoid Smilie

In Latvia shops are atempting to persuade people to take up this tradition and buy Halloween stuff. Corny... However those who do celebrate just use it as a excuse to have a party.
But the gloomy October/November season is the time when spirits of the dead are allowed to visit their loved ones. People light candles as a sign of remembering... In more ancient days food was left in special places for them. But that tradition is long gone , except for some folklore-activists.

Halloween used to be a really good tradition in Ireland. I've been told that that's where it all comes from. Families used to celebrate it all together with big bonfires in the streets and stuff like that. No trick-treating or pumpkins or nothing of the sort. It's all commercialized now, and it's definetely lost on me.
Hmmm...I'm not sure what halloween means too me. I mean, first of all, its Samhain...but then agin its also the one time of the year I can get all of my friends together in one spot.
I think halloweens all about fun, cus you can got trick-or-treating and stuff...actualy its usualy just treating, my friends and don't like tricking, it ain't nice.
Closest I ever got to tricking is when some guy slammed the frount door in our faces and I danced around on his driveway yelling "Wooooooooo!" This guys next door neihbor thought it was funny and gave me a mars bar. Big Laugh Smilie
Anilorak, where did you ever get such an idea? Or were you joking? Trick or Treat is all treat here on the east coast. I'm sure there are a few tricks here and there just like anywhere else, though. Very Evil Smilie
hmmmm... wat does Halloween mean 2 me? i think it means eatin as much candy as is hobbitly possible until i can no longer think straight, like now!
I love salads. Especially grilled chicken salad with Catalina dressing...Yummy! I like just plain iceberg lettuce with tomato and zesty italian dressing too, or Russian/thousand island dressing! Oh my...

/me has gone and made himself hungry now....
Here in Norway we don`t celebrate Halloween..but sadly enough, this is a trend that is beginning to sneak up on us too..I don`t like that we get so much influense from the US(nothing wrong with the US ok?!?!), but it seems like we forget our own traditions and that is really sad Shaking Head Smilie Kids want to be a part of this "trend", I can understand that, but I don`t see the point for us to celebrate it..we have our own traditions and holidays as it is...the goverment here in Norway is actually so against this that they are trying to forbid to celebrate Halloween by law! But I must say I`ve always wanted to taste pumpkinpie... Tongue Smilie
And what of Guy Fawkes Night here in Blighty? Did anyone do anything fun with bonfires and fireworks? (And for god's sake don't call it Fireworks Day, that really annoys me) I for one attempted to overthrow the government, in the traditional spirit of the thing, unfortunately, I was unable to to find a Spanish Fall guy to take the flak for me, so the plan was left undone, oh well, maybe next year...
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Fireworks start to get boring after the age of 12
I was of a similar mind until I held a New Years Day bash for 2000. I suddenly found there's nothing quite so stimulating as when you're in the same room as an air bomb that's about to go off. Exploding Head Smilie

Don't try it though folks. It was a stupid thing to do and over the course of the day we were very lucky no one got hurt. Jumping Flame Smilie
/me likes things that go BOOM! Big Smile Smilie Every Fourth of July someone goes out of state and brings back a bunch fireworks and stuff (they're illegal here in NJ). Rockets, Roman Candles, mortars and occasionally a thing or two that no one is sure what it is til we set it off! Great fun!
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Fireworks start to get boring after the age of 12 .


And then when you pass about 21, they start to get really fun again. Well, lets face it, blowing stuff up is always fun.

Be Warned, the Squirrel is a fully trained idiot, do not ever attempt to emulate anything he ever tells you he's done, as it usually results in serious injury
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Be Warned, the Squirrel is a fully trained idiot, do not ever attempt to emulate anything he ever tells you he's done, as it usually results in serious injury
Me and you alike, Squirrel. At the same party I mentioned earlier, I was almost persuaded to gaffer-tape a Roman Candle to my head and run down the street with it. Instead I got locked in a small cupboard with it, where it proceeded to set fire to my Hoover pipe and the varnish on the door.

Funny thing was, the only injury all day (even though there were numerous air bombs and small rockets being let off in the house) was from a rock hard roast potato that I had left in the oven too long, which turned to shrapnel when someone stabbed a knife into it.

Be assured I am now far too sensible to do such stupid things again, though my roast potatoes are just as hard (armour plated and full of boiling grease, just like they should be)
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... rock hard roast potato that I had left in the oven too long, which turned to shrapnel when someone stabbed a knife into it.

Be assured I am now far too sensible to do such stupid things again, though my roast potatoes are just as hard (armour plated and full of boiling grease, just like they should be)
Did you forget to poke a bunch of fork holes into the tater afore placing it in the oven, Val? They should never explode if properly vented. After I poke'em I coat'em with olive oil so the skin gets crusty because the best part of roast taters is the crispy skin eaten with butter after the innards have been devoured with butter, salt, and pepper. The addition of bacon bits, sour cream, grated cheddar, and/or chives seems like overkill to me.

Oooh, I've made myself hungry. Gonna bake an acorn squash and fry up a couple pork chops for my dinner this evening. Maybe a tossed green salad for desert which I will eat first. Will use butter and brown sugar on the squash and just salt and pepper on the chops. Mmmm Good!
Heh, my girlfriend's dad was telling me the other day that he got cautioned by the police for setting fire to a telegraph pole with his catherine wheel once. I just thought it was kinda funny...
I like my baked potatos with margarine (not butter, yuck) and, believe it or not, ketchup. /me puts ketchup on everything Tongue Smilie

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Maybe a tossed green salad for desert which I will eat first.


LOL! Doesn't that make it an appetizer? Wink Smilie
EWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! salad is not a dessert food! it should b considered punishment, not a treat! wat is this world cumin 2 when ppl think that salad is dessert!?Shocked Smilie
srry, i have had bad xperiences w/ salad (and ive had nitemares bout it 2)! i always feel as tho sum1 is gonna make me eat it Paranoid Smilie , and of course my parents usually r tryin 2 make me eat it! Wary Smilie
Guess wat? i like watchin things blow up 2! Exploding Head Smilie altho im never the 1 doin it, i let my crazy friends b pyromaniacs and i just help supply them! i guess my friends r not quite as crazy as u r! wat were u thinkin!? i think ur more insane then i m! (said in the nicest possible way Smile Smilie )
I find salads sort of bland...big fan of ranch dressing though... Tongue Smilie

the only way i will ever eat letuce not in a sandwich is if everypiece has a crouton and is drenched w/ dressing. and i agree w/ u chika, ranch is the best dressing ever made.
Oo, yes, Ranch is good too, and French... actually, it would probably be easier to name the dressings I DON'T like, but I can't think of any right now!

Oh yeah! I tasted this blue cheese dressing one time...made me heave...

I don't know how you people can eat salads, really... I mean, do I look like a rabbit to you? Orc Grinning Smilie
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I don't know how you people can eat salads, really... I mean, do I look like a rabbit to you? Orc Grinning Smilie

Well, more of a donkey really... Wink Smilie
Heh... Very Big Grin Smilie Ok, you made your point. And you're a squirrel with a hat, but you probably already knew that... Animated Wink Smilie
i dont like salads at all. i only eat them 2 make my parents happy.
Heh! And I thought I was the only one... Big Smile Smilie
Well... back to the subject:
Over here in New Zealand its just us being influenced by the US again... and a cheap way for kids to get candy and have excuses for egging your house. It's so pathetic - it has nothing to do with NZ and half the people here don't even know what it is until a horde of kids mobs their houses. And of course it's a way for the shops to cash in on it. Sad.
It's a US holiday and I feel it has totally nothing to do with us and I'm annoyed at the way we are so influenced by the US especially. (though there is nothing wrong with the US) Even over there it was originally a time to farewell the spirits of the dead on their journeys - you would leave food on your doorstep for them. But it's so commercialised there too, which is sad. My dad lived most of his childhood in the US and he reckons it's pretty sad too...
*Sigh*
Agree with you Alfirin! I can`t see why other countries should celebrate something that has nothing to do with their way of living, hope you understand what I mean. I don`t like the way Norway is influenced by US, so I know exactly how you must feel Shaking Head Smilie
I agree too. Kids dress up and go from house to house and gets candy in the days between Christmas and New Year (when everybody has the house full of goodies anyway), and they dress up to join a small parade-like thing midsummer eve and I think that's enough. We don't need a fake tradition, and it's such a waste of good eggs. Wink Smilie
I've already told what halloween really is in lazy bones guild.
Its true meaning is the Celtic new years eve Saim Hann!
As for blowing stuff up with fireworks, fun but techincally illegal in britain on any day but november the 5th. Now now, the queen broke one of her own laws on the Jubilee. (We will just keep the fact I use Pyrotechnics every time I go airgunning quiet)
Halloween is one of my favorite "holidays".
In my school district you can wear your costume to school, and in most places there's parades and pumpkin carving contests. At sundown kids and adults go door to door trick-or-treating. In my dad's religion it's a holiday, Samhain, so after we're done trick-or-treating we have a bonfire until it dies down or the sun comes up.
Of course there are a few kids that go egging or TPing... not that I've ever done that... Wink Smilie
Then I wake up all groggy and go to school grumpy.
I can't wait for Halloween this year, I'm always the same thing, but I can't say what on this site... Big Smile Smilie
Halloween's all about the fights.
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Of course there are a few kids that go egging or TPing... not that I've ever done that...
Thats too. Wink Smilie
Halloween is the night when the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch bearing gifts to all the good little girls and boys.
Did you used to get called Linus once upon a time Grond? Wink Smilie
When I was little, we would go aroung to all of the houses in our neighborhood and go trick-or-treating. We
ALWAYS dressed up and had a lot of fun making our costumes. All of the houses had their lights on or were really decorated. There were a few that were really scary and a couple that I refused to go to. I think I was 14 or 15 when I stopped doing that. I just loved it so much that I did not want to grow up and my sister is 9 years younger than me, so I had an excuse to take her around. Later we had costume parties and prizes for best costumes. Then some of the parties got really wild and we would sooooooo TRASHED!!!! Now, I have 9 year old and I get him dressed up and I he convinces me to dress up with him. We only go to a few places around our house or to the community center in our town. Sometimes the grocery stores have little contests and take pictures. Robbie won, one year for his Froggy costume. He was so happy!!! Not sure what we are going to do this year, but I know he is looking forward to it. He has been talking about Halloween since JUNE. Pumpkin Smilie
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Halloween is the night when the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch bearing gifts to all the good little girls and boys.


Is there such a thing as good boys and girls on Halloween? Big Laugh Smilie

We've never done anything on Halloween. Just made use of the candy sales at the store!

Ahhhh, I feel sorry for the children in your town!!

Watch out!! Here comes Ringy!! Big Laugh Smilie
One time when I was a wee lass I was out tricker treating,and this fella jumps outta tree with a toy chainsaw,screaming in my face,he also had a sports mask on too. I peed in my pants.
Orc most likely, you see more and more of them these days. There must be a rift somewere.

Did you take you frying pan and belt him one Feawen??
Last year we decorated the house like a graveyard and had the fog machine going, the eerie music (actually I think it was Zombie) and if you wanted to get your candy you had to walk throught the graveyard. This meant walking from the front yard, around the house, to the back yard and into the loft in the garage.
I decided to have some fun and I stood behind a tree perfectly still. Some guy was walking through, looking at all our decorations. He was looking at me and I said "boo". He was so scared because he didn't know I was real! He asked me if I would scare his son and wife when they came through. I agreed and continued to stand perfectly still and wait.
The guy came back with his wife and son who had to be about 4 or 5 dressed as Harry Potter. The dad was saying things like "Look how life-life they've made this scarecrow" and such.
When the boy got close enough I grabbed him by the shoulders and yelled. It was the funniest site ever! He grabbed his "wand" and yelled some "curse" from the movie/ book and then wet himself. I was laughing so hard, and the best part is the dad was videotaping the whole thing. Poor kid, I let him take as much candy as he wanted! Big Laugh Smilie Tongue Smilie
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Did you take you frying pan and belt him one Feawen??

If I was the age I am now I woulda punched him so bad. Wink Smilie
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