Here in the US you can put on a mask go door to door on october 31 and get free candy. Do any other countries do this wonderful practice!?! If so which one is the best! If not are they jealous of us!?!?
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 23, 2007, at 2:45 PM by watchdog33 ]
No such practice here in this part of the world. I'm not sure about the expat community here though.
Speaking of ghosts, for the Chinese community, the 7th month of the lunisolar calendar (usually falls between August and September) is regarded as the ghost month and the Ghost Festival is held. This is the time when the netherworld gates are open and the ghosts wander into the human world. In the festival, the living will pay homage to the dead. Rituals are performed by both the Buddhists and Daoists to set free the sufferrings of the ghosts. Joss sticks, joss paper and hell money are burned as an offerring for the deceased. During this month, weddings, opening ceremonies, and other auspicious celebrations are usually postponed until the festival is over.
I think, in many countries, they might slam the door in your face.
That is what happened to my Canadian friend, who moved to England with her kid a couple of years ago.
1 person gave them candy, and the others slammed their doors. I think they may resent that the American commercialization of every holiday is creeping into Europe.
U could try Canada, if want to go trick or treating.
In England Guy Fawkes or in some parts of Ireland(not all) there is wren day. Then u can acceptably knock on peoples doors asking for treats. Although, I think if u are more than 10 years old, the door slamming will also apply here and on Wren day u will be expected to sing a song or dance, for the treat.
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 24, 2007, at 2:47 AM by Mel. ]
Halloween is getting bigger over here - there usually are fireworks and the kids should be starting to knock the doors anytime about know "begging" as l like to call it - being the nasty old spinster that l am l tell them to F off and go do something constructive with their time!
In Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland there is a Halloween Festival where the entire city (so it seems) dresses up and there is somewhat of a street party!
This year - l will be on a flight to Vietnam on 31st Oct so the kids can knock my door all they like cos l wont be there!!
being the nasty old spinster that l am l tell them to F off and go do something constructive with their time!
I am amazed that they dont put dog poo, in your letterbox, for not giving them sweeties.
I always give them something, to prevent this.
The lot around my way dont want sweets Mel - its hard cash they are after!!!
I wonder if my neighbours would give cash, if I send my daughter round to them, at Halloween.
Here in Iceland, kids dress up and go out to the shops and sing for sweets on Ash Wednesday. They usually get the day off from school, or at least half a day and the streets and shopping malls are crowded with frozen little kids singing the same songs over and over again.
we won't do that like you as said above,but maybe it's a good idea to have a try wearing ghost masks!
i have to say that it's great as a halloween gifts from here
Nice to read through the thread knowing how Halloween is like, and what queer things people can be up to - since I haven't been experiencing one before ....