Re: Halloween protocol?
- From: cjra <cjrohr31@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2008 21:09:44 -0800 (PST)
On Oct 28, 4:27 pm, Penny Gaines <pe...@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Anne Rogers wrote:
Depends on where you live, in the UK the average interpretation of Trick
or Treat is rather different, it's certainly not the case that you will
get a trick if you don't treat and I wouldn't say it's considered ok to
trick, but it is very common, usually eggs thrown at windows, or flour
through letter boxes (we have flaps in doors, rather than separate mail
boxes). In general Trick or Treat is only done by children without their
parents, so it's an older child thing, costumes are only scary costumes,
witch, ghost, skeleton etc. and a reasonable proportion of people frown
on the whole thing and the whole thing is only done by a minority. I've
never known anyone to purposefully have candy in the house.
I think it is changing in the UK, but nobody is sure of the rules.
There has been a limited amount of Halloween stuff in the UK for as long
as I can remember, but it used to be that some people had dressing-up
parties at Halloween, almost as an adjunct to Guy Fawkes on 5th November.
Some years, we have a few children trick-or-treating, other years we
have none. The supermarkets tend to have a selection of pumpkin shaped
baskets for sale, along with scary customs, next to cunningly placed
expensive sweet selections.
About 10 years ago I saw a hilarious comedy sketch in the UK - I wish
I could remember the show but can only picture the two guys - about
Halloween. It loses a lot in my vague retelling, but the gist of it
was two kids go up to a door in costume and say "trick or treat" and
the response was "Where do you think you are? Bloody America? This in
England! We don't trick or treat!" Ok....there was more to it and the
way they did it it was funny, not obnoxious. Point was clear, trick or
treating is a US thing :)
However, we did have a Guy Fawkes party in combination with our
Halloween party one year in the US. We even burned Guy in effigy
(which was somewhat ironic given that we are all grad students/post
docs/faculty at a very catholic university at the time)....
I'm all for mixing cultural traditions!
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