Which Halloween is best Scary or Cartoony?

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Which Halloween is best Scary or Cartoony?

WetJenn WetJenn
Where I live Halloween has become a joke, something churches use to get you to attend. They have these Trunk or Treats(hosted in the parking lot with a bunch of booths around). I understand the easiness of this completely, but feels it takes away the whole experience of Halloween. They have almost knocked out trick or treating.

I Love Halloween. Absolutely love the whole scary, haunted house, Halloween and believe that kids should be scared and trick or treat(while being kept safe of course).

Which one do you think is the way Halloween should be?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Scary Halloween with trick or treating and the whole 9 yards
Peggi , slynch , Wildchild , Mell , Ansley , Stagger13 , darthkitt3n , Ryuson , dv8 , haley730 , Menarae , Sohotdinosaur , The Curious Couple , unfulfilled , The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary , Jon S , zeb , AshMegYo , CS2012
19  (51%)
Trunk or Treat Type events(no real trick or treating, basically going through a line of tables to get candy)
Mix of Both
MaryExy , EJ , A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) , Ghost , Nora , gehuwd , cocomo , ellejay , stars , hjtee , Crystal1 , emilia , Vanille , The Mother of a SiNner , Powder
15  (41%)
I don't celebrate Halloween
Valentinka , DeliciousSurprise , Lummox
3  (8%)
Total votes: 37
Poll is closed
10/01/2011
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Valentinka Valentinka
Where I live we don't normally celebrate Halloween, it's more of a recent fashion among teenagers and youngsters. Though I voted that I don't either, sometimes I do, but our parties are neither scary enough, nor this Trunk or Treat type. We just organize a fairly small costume party with several friends, watch some movies or just have fun in a regular way, like during any other event.
10/01/2011
Peggi Peggi
It's a pretty big deal here, people go all out decorating and setting up really cool yard mazes (we have some bigger yards here) where you have to walk through their decorations to get to the house to get candy if you're trick or treating, or taking your kids to do so, but here a lot of the adults go trick or treating and it's acceptable. I'm 23 and I plan to go this year with most of my same-aged friends.
10/01/2011
WetJenn WetJenn
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Originally posted by Peggi
It's a pretty big deal here, people go all out decorating and setting up really cool yard mazes (we have some bigger yards here) where you have to walk through their decorations to get to the house to get candy if you're trick or treating, or ...
We used to do that here, but we had a baby 3 years ago.
We did the whole thing dress up, decorate the house, and scare the kiddies.

I would don glow in the dark makeup and come out screaming like a banshee, we were actually known as the halloween house, and saw families growing and kids growing up, but we haven't done it cause of our daughter. She's 3 now and totally into zombies, we want to do it again and get her in on it, but we have like 10 trick or treaters that come, and it wouldn't be worth the money.
10/01/2011
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
Aww... you didn't include the "Other" option. I'm Pagan so Halloween, or Samhain, is actually a pretty big celebration here. Somewhat of a mix between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve with a little bit of a spooky element to it as the night wears on and things get more serious.

~M
10/01/2011
Wildchild Wildchild
Quote:
Originally posted by WetJenn
Where I live Halloween has become a joke, something churches use to get you to attend. They have these Trunk or Treats(hosted in the parking lot with a bunch of booths around). I understand the easiness of this completely, but feels it takes away the ...
Haunted houses and hay rides make Halloween the best. I probably didn't feel that way as a kid, but I grew up.
10/01/2011
Ansley Ansley
I think it sucks that we live in a world where we pad playgrounds to keep parents from suing manufacturers and school disctricts, and it's really not a surprise that Halloween has taken a hit below the belt. I mean, there are even arguments against putting up Christmas trees...it's all a bit ridiculous. I started noticing Halloween was taking a dive in the early 90's. And every year it just gets worse and worse.
10/01/2011
Ghost Ghost
Any Halloween is good Halloween.
10/02/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
Trick or treating all the way! It really gives an awesome sense of community
10/02/2011
WetJenn WetJenn
Quote:
Originally posted by Alan & Michele
Aww... you didn't include the "Other" option. I'm Pagan so Halloween, or Samhain, is actually a pretty big celebration here. Somewhat of a mix between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve with a little bit of a spooky element to it ...
I apologize for the mistake. I didn't even think about it. I try to be open about stuff, but can't always catch it all. No offense was intended.
10/02/2011
WetJenn WetJenn
Quote:
Originally posted by Ryuson
Trick or treating all the way! It really gives an awesome sense of community
I get that completely. Everything was fun and you got to see everyone you knew when trick or treating. I think kids are losing out on a lot of stuff, by everything getting super policitcally correct. The stuff was fun and doesnt do any harm.
10/02/2011
Nora Nora
Growing up, the best "loads" for candy were going to the Mall and going through the massive lines for the store fronts, where they were all giving away candy. This is how we did it until I was a teenager (and too cool for all that). We never really got to do the door-to-door kind because everyone was at the Mall(s)!

I like Haunted Houses, but they scare me...I wind up holding on to my other half (who absolutely loves them) and letting him guide me through while I walk with my eyes shut! I blame a bad haunted house experience I had as a kid (they had a real Tasmanian devil in a cage next to where you had to crawl through to enter)!
10/02/2011
cocomo cocomo
i love antique halloween stuff any thing old i love im soo excited its halloween time happy october everyone!
10/02/2011
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
Quote:
Originally posted by WetJenn
I apologize for the mistake. I didn't even think about it. I try to be open about stuff, but can't always catch it all. No offense was intended.
None taken
And even though I don't celebrate it like most people do, we usually *do* take about an hour early in the evening and give out candy just because I love seeing the variety of costumes that people come up with (especially the home made ones).

Our son did go trick or treating a few times with friends when he was younger, but he stopped when people started pushing the mall treats program (we were in an urban area then). He said it wasn't much fun walking around stores and getting candy.
10/03/2011
Menarae Menarae
Trick or treating, definitely! I'm all for the scary Halloween, too. My mom can get cutesy little witches or whatever (we have a lot of witches, as she's Pagan) but they don't go up ON THE DAY. Oh no. I've taken over Halloween as my holiday, and Mom can do whatever she wants with the other holidays. I go all out decorating our front step. If we had a front yard, I'd do even more. I'm just dying to build a full-on haunted house, but our back yard is nearly inaccessible (trick-or-treaters never go back that way) and the condo board gets all persnickety about people setting up decorations on the common grounds. This year, I'm thinking screw them, I just set my stuff up for the one evening, and take it down before I go to bed.

We don't get a lot of kids, either, but then we're four blocks from a major mall and our front door is hidden. But the kids who do come love our door every year. Best reaction ever was a little four-year-old boy, standing on my meowing black cat doormat, holding his candy bag close to his chest, and just shaking like a leaf. He was so cute. His mom was at the bottom of our steps, laughing. She told me that the year before, he was too scared to come up to my door! I gave him extra candy for being so brave.

When I was growing up, we did both the trick-or-treating and the mall thing. We usually went around our neighbourhood first, when it was still a little warmer, and then headed to the mall when it got cold. The best part of the mall trick-or-treating was that we could run around without jackets and mitts and show off our costumes. But the awesome candy hauls always came from the neighbourhood houses.
10/03/2011
WetJenn WetJenn
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Originally posted by Menarae
Trick or treating, definitely! I'm all for the scary Halloween, too. My mom can get cutesy little witches or whatever (we have a lot of witches, as she's Pagan) but they don't go up ON THE DAY. Oh no. I've taken over Halloween as ...
Its a slippery slope doing the stuff for the holidays. Next thing you know its July and your planning how complicated you want the house to be and then u start building stuff. We were building things and planning on making animatronic stuff.

ITs fun but can run you out the butt in cost and time
10/04/2011
hjtee hjtee
I prefer Trick or Treating (as opposed to church events , but I do like when it's cartoony looking and fun for teeny tiny kids too.
10/06/2011
The Curious Couple The Curious Couple
Scary Halloween all the way!
10/06/2011
emilia emilia
Quote:
Originally posted by WetJenn
Where I live Halloween has become a joke, something churches use to get you to attend. They have these Trunk or Treats(hosted in the parking lot with a bunch of booths around). I understand the easiness of this completely, but feels it takes away the ...
I hate the utah church parking lot trick or treating but they do it for the safty of the kids so you can watch your kids and still give out candy too
10/10/2011
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I want scary, scary, and more scary! I like to be scared, but it's hard to get me afraid!
10/10/2011
The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary The-IT-Guy-And-My-Secretary
Quote:
Originally posted by WetJenn
Where I live Halloween has become a joke, something churches use to get you to attend. They have these Trunk or Treats(hosted in the parking lot with a bunch of booths around). I understand the easiness of this completely, but feels it takes away the ...
I am a big fan of scary Halloween. I hate how in the last years its turned to kids wearing things that have nothing to do with Halloween. Thankfully people are starting to bring back actual scary movies and scary costumes. +1 for Rob Zombies new movies (Except Halloween 2)
10/10/2011
The Mother of a SiNner The Mother of a SiNner
Quote:
Originally posted by WetJenn
Where I live Halloween has become a joke, something churches use to get you to attend. They have these Trunk or Treats(hosted in the parking lot with a bunch of booths around). I understand the easiness of this completely, but feels it takes away the ...
ilove decoratuing and scares but i adore seeingm y grand babies in their cute costumes
10/10/2011
Powder Powder
Scary is better, but cartoony can be done right if it's not TOO slutty... >.<
10/30/2011
CS2012 CS2012
I think it is fun to be scared on Halloween and to let kids go trick or treating so long as it is done safely.

I feel sorry for my husband since the country he grew up in does not celebrate Halloween. He didn't get to experience dressing up like I did as a kid.
10/30/2011
Total posts: 24
Unique posters: 19