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no no no it''s flippin'' Hallowe''en again!

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Post Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:06 am

no no no it''s flippin'' Hallowe''en again!

bah, once again Festung Tawakalna will have to be sealed against the depradations of teeny trick-or-treaters as the annual "lets-annoy-the-residents-and-stuff-our- faces-with-cr*p" fest begins again.

Trick or treating is fine - in Amerika! it has no place whatsoever in in Britannia and downtrodden Islamic enclaves contained therein. Please take your trick or treating nonsense back to Pughkeepsie or Milwaukee or wherever. Any trick or treaters who dare to approach the battlements of Taw Towers will dealt with summarily by fierce kitten attacks and a tirade of miserableness from myself - unless they're really small and I don't want to upset their mams n dads. In which case I'll p-p-push a Penguin throught eh letter box while muttering "b*gger off back to America!" from behind the door.

Teeenage hoodies on the scrounge for alcopop money however will feel the full force of Tawakalnic defence technology, including hosepipes, buckets of cold water and being chased down the road with a stick.

Post Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:03 am

... well it isn't called "trick" or treat for nothing oh tasselled one.

Post Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:17 am

mock all you want - you should be the one going out knocking on doors with your daughter, it's your "pastime" after all this trick-or-treating; keep it on your own side of the water. Have a lovely time tonight in the cold, don't forget to wrap up warm!

Post Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:49 am

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. It sucks in my neigborhood because it isn't that big, and there's even less kids here, but a few of the places I lived Halloween was the greatest night ever. I could put on a camo suit, hide in the bushes and jump out and scare the living crap outta the little kids. (And don't criticize me for doing that, it's Halloween, and the kids love it.)

Besides, your blood becomes 98% sugar on the days leading up to, on and for several days after Halloween, what's not to love about that?

Post Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:12 am

what's wrong with civilised pastimes like apple-bobbing? when I were a lad, all we had at Hallowe'en was apple-bobbing (if we could afford the apples) and games involving treacle toffee and parkin; which is a sort of traditional Northern cake for you southerners and foreigners, and games involving sixpences, pies, and socks.

bah! modern rubbish. I blame ET - no-one in Albion had even heard of trick-or-flippin' -treating until ET blew the gaffe.

Post Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:43 pm

Modern-day Halloween sucks. It's too commercialized. Talk about an exploited holiday that isn't even Christian at all. The only thing that people seem to get right about All Hallows Eve is the fact they get to dress up, but few people seem to understand WHY we dress up. I know what you guys are going to say, dressing up as ghouls and goblins is to protect yourself from evil spirits. That part is correct, but there's more to the holiday than that. MUCH more. People just don't seem to care anymore. It's pathetic really.

Post Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:15 pm

Some bodys been on the internet too long

Taw, you telling us you don't have a sweet tooth?

Post Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:51 pm

Scotland, having a shared Gaelic culture and language with Ireland, has celebrated the festival of Samhain robustly for centuries. Robert Burns portrayed the varied customs in his poem "Hallowe'en" (1785).

Halloween, known in Scottish Gaelic as "Oidhche Shamhna", consists chiefly of children going door to door "guising", i.e., dressed in a disguise (often as a witch or ghost) and offering entertainment of various sorts. If the entertainment is enjoyed, the children are rewarded with gifts of sweets, fruits or money. There is no Scottish 'trick or treat' tradition; on the contrary, 'trick or treat' has its origins in the guising customs.

In Scotland a lot of folklore, including that of Halloween, revolves around the belief in faeries. Children used to dress up in costumes and carry around a "Neepy Candle," a devil face carved into a hollowed out Neep, lit from inside, to frighten away the evil faeries usually nowadays, however, they are more likely to use a pumpkin, as American children do. This is possibly because it is easier to carve a face in a pumpkin than in a "neep", because "Neeps" are harder and more tough than pumpkins. Some believe that the practice of hollowing out pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns has roots here.

Popular games played on the holiday include "dooking" for apples (i.e., retrieving an apple from a bucket of water using only one's mouth). In places, the game has been replaced (because of fears of contracting saliva-borne illnesses in the water) by standing over the bowl holding a fork in one's mouth, and releasing it in an attempt to skewer an apple using only gravity. Another popular game is attempting to eat, while blindfolded, a treacle or jam coated scone on a piece of string hanging from the ceiling. Sometimes the blindfold is left out, because it is already difficult to eat the scone. In all versions, however, the participants cannot use their hands.
Now that's what I call Halloween, you can take the americanized version and "cram it with walnuts".

**shuffles off with a new headache**

Post Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:55 pm

Parkin? Mhmmm my Gran used to make that, lovely stuff

One thing about halloween i always forget to do... buy a bloody Pumpkin and find out the reciepe for Pumpkin pie!

A Canadian lady (teacher at my old school) brought us some in once, was fricken delicious... been yearning for it ever since.

*edit* How I managed to type pike instead of pie i have no idea!!!

Edited by - Chips on 10/31/2007 4:55:31 PM

Post Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:12 pm

I do have a sweet tooth, as you well know; however I don't associate Hallowe'en with "candy" (as you call sweets) being given away to small children at doorsteps, and neither all the paraphernalia as well. It's too alien and commercialised, not like the simple apple-bobbing japes and musical chairs fun that I had when I was young.

Having said that, it was quite nice giving the tinies some pocket money when they came round all dressed up with their mums; even I can't be quite that horrible as to turn away small children out for a night of simple fun, no matter how polluted by crass commercialism. Unlike Esquilezer Scrooge McHare, who probably chased them down the road throwing mouldy carrots after them.

Post Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:14 pm

Well, the candy gorging did not begin because .... the old man was pretty clever this year and filled the Munchkin's costumed celebrations with activities that did not emphasize candy.

Trick or treating yielded a lot of cheap toy thingies ex-Cathay, of course but that's just about impossible to avoid now days.

The old man and wifey also let it be known amongst the outlaws that while the sweet tooth may be appealed to by them, parcels weighing more than a few ounces would be rejected.

And a good time was had by all. Plus, no Anglicized Halloween hooliganism to speak of.

Post Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:24 pm

Bah, humbug! I have never "Tricked or Treated", nor have I ever provided any free confectionery to any uninvited guests. This year, The Burrow was secured by a bolt-locked gate and a large vociferous canine, which effectively deterred any would-be confectionery moochers. The original plan was to provide free samples of GB, but unfortunately the samples mysteriously vanished over the course of the week.

Post Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:11 pm

Miss Mustang is a stern proponent of the benfits of halloween. I'm sure if it were socially acceptible she'd have me out dressed as cliched monstor knocking on peoples doors for assorted razor blade laced sweeties. Regardless she dragged me along to a mandatory viewing of a 'horror' movie, my most hated genre of movies, unless it's 'comedy horror' which I can't get enough of.
Thankfully my stern refusal to sit through another bloody Saw movie held up. My superior negotiating skills managed to talk her down to 30 Days of Night, which was equally as gruesome but at least it had vampires, though I would've preferred zombies. Even a bad movie about zombies is still pretty good.

Post Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:35 pm

None came to our door, the big wall, steps from the road up, the huge imposing looking house and distinct lack of light about probably makes it look quite forboding

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