Am I the only one who doesn't celebrate Halloween?

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Am I the only one who doesn't celebrate Halloween?

domsub1993 domsub1993
We have never celebrated Halloween with our children. Even in the Christian community we often find ourselves alone in taking this approach. Am I still alone or do you also not celebrate Halloween?
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No, I don't celebrate Halloween either. Please explain why not.
Gunsmoke , kellyg , Tuesday , indiglo , wetone123 , Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama , Errant Venture , Nora , Avant-garde , KrazyKandy , married with children , Illumin8 , bayosgirl
13  (16%)
Yes, I celebrate Halloween.
AngelvMaynard , Chilipepper , P'Gell , padmeamidala , Ms. Spice , Ansley , Jon S , GenderSexplorations , PassionQT , Mr.Red , CoffeeCup , TameTemptress , Peggi , slynch , dude , ellejay , Yaoi Pervette (deleted) , carenautilus , Beck , Vanille , Crystal1 , stars , pinkcupcakes , hjtee , Lucky21 , AMGuidroz , Sammi , ZenaidaMacroura , The Curious Couple , mizzmilla , Trista , SexyTabby , Mr. E , big b , GravyCakes , darthkitt3n , Ghost , LilLostLenore , CreamySweet , Gallowraven , Gone (LD29) , Coralbell , DeliciousSurprise , EJ , Jaimes , Adriana Ravenlust , alliegator , kokopelli , dv8 , Ash1141 , NaughtyButterfly , Dear Ruby , Bignuf , toxie m , Seth912 , LQ , aliceinthehole , eeep , angel142stx
59  (74%)
Other. Really? This answer isn't cut and dry?
wrecklesswords , Linga , Kkay , K101 , Alan & Michele , sktb0007 , Rossie , kinky girlfriend
8  (10%)
Total votes: 80
Poll is closed
10/02/2011
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AngelvMaynard AngelvMaynard
We love Halloween around here. Although I'm thinking we may take off for haunted houses instead of trick or treating this year. My boys are getting a little older.
10/02/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Love it - to me it's the first real party of the holidays. The weather, the decorations, the dressing up. It appeals to my creativity a lot. I had really good memories while growing up in Missouri during the autumn; Halloween was kind of the culmination of everything fun about childhood with dress up, candy, parties, stories, and all that.

It's also helped me a lot in facing childhood fears by being able to look at them in daylight and point and laugh at them. The monster under the bed and the scary clowns are nothing when everyone makes fun of them on purpose, and the monster can't do anything to me because I can 'call them on it'.
10/02/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
I don't really celebrate it, I get excited about it, but I don't plan anything special for it. It's just another day and another reason for people to have fun. I've gotten more indifferent to it the older I've gotten. If I were invited to a party or something, I might go to it, but not necessarily to celebrate it.
10/02/2011
Ansley Ansley
I adore Halloween. It's a ton of fun around here. But, it's a little less fun since the Trunk n' Treat events have taken over and we live in an apartment complex that goes out of its way to do absolutely nothing to get the kids together.

I was considering going down to the main office and asking if they would create something everyone could put on their door if they wanted to participate in handing out treats, but I have a feeling it'll fall on deaf ears.
10/02/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
I love Halloween and since our family has two Halloween babies (My Man and one of my daughters, her B Day is only a few days before the holiday) we celebrate Halloween happily.

I had so much good Halloween days trick or treating and/or partying as a kid, I just love the holiday.

And Blessed Samhain to those who celebrate this ancient holiday!
10/02/2011
padmeamidala padmeamidala
Quote:
Originally posted by domsub1993
We have never celebrated Halloween with our children. Even in the Christian community we often find ourselves alone in taking this approach. Am I still alone or do you also not celebrate Halloween?
I love Halloween. Always been one of my favorite times of the year.
10/02/2011
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I'm too lazy to dress up and the kids who come to the house - well they aren't very creative. They think they're entitled to grab a handful.

I'm terribly out of touch, more money is spent on Halloween these days than any other holiday. I have no axe to grind - if you like it, go for it.
10/02/2011
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
I think Halloween is awesome, it's my favourite holiday! Especially because of the haunted houses! The freakier, the better!
10/02/2011
PassionQT PassionQT
We may not be in town this year for it so I won't miss it that much if it doesn't happen.
10/02/2011
dude dude
Quote:
Originally posted by domsub1993
We have never celebrated Halloween with our children. Even in the Christian community we often find ourselves alone in taking this approach. Am I still alone or do you also not celebrate Halloween?
I'm sure your not alone in not celebrating Halloween.
10/02/2011
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
I love Halloween and since our family has two Halloween babies (My Man and one of my daughters, her B Day is only a few days before the holiday) we celebrate Halloween happily.

I had so much good Halloween days trick or treating and/or ...
Thanks!
10/02/2011
Vanille Vanille
I'm just in it for the free candy that lasts me until the next year. ;D
10/02/2011
carenautilus carenautilus
Well, I'm Jewish, so I may be wrong, but isn't Halloween a Christian holiday? Or at least derived from a Christian holiday? It's all Hallow's Eve. Or All Saint's eve. It's a Catholic holiday that is celebrated with much piety and devotion in many parts of the world, particularly South America.
10/02/2011
Crystal1 Crystal1
My favorite holiday!
10/02/2011
Peggi Peggi
Quote:
Originally posted by carenautilus
Well, I'm Jewish, so I may be wrong, but isn't Halloween a Christian holiday? Or at least derived from a Christian holiday? It's all Hallow's Eve. Or All Saint's eve. It's a Catholic holiday that is celebrated with much piety ...
Actually, it's Celtic. It is meant to celebrate the return of the dead, and actually if translated is referred to as "day of the dead". Gifts would be left to the dead, for when they return, and friendly spirits would travel from the plain of death to that of the living.
10/02/2011
carenautilus carenautilus
Quote:
Originally posted by Peggi
Actually, it's Celtic. It is meant to celebrate the return of the dead, and actually if translated is referred to as "day of the dead". Gifts would be left to the dead, for when they return, and friendly spirits would travel from the ...
Oh, cool, thanks for the info! Shows me to do my research next time.
10/02/2011
hjtee hjtee
I'll be on holiday this year, but I'll still find a way to celebrate.
10/02/2011
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Peggi
Actually, it's Celtic. It is meant to celebrate the return of the dead, and actually if translated is referred to as "day of the dead". Gifts would be left to the dead, for when they return, and friendly spirits would travel from the ...
Might you be confusing Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) and Samhain? Samhain is to mark the end of the harvest season in early Celtic history.
10/02/2011
Peggi Peggi
Quote:
Originally posted by Ansley
Might you be confusing Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) and Samhain? Samhain is to mark the end of the harvest season in early Celtic history.
Ah, yes, correct with the name, the origin is accurate though
10/02/2011
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
Quote:
Originally posted by carenautilus
Well, I'm Jewish, so I may be wrong, but isn't Halloween a Christian holiday? Or at least derived from a Christian holiday? It's all Hallow's Eve. Or All Saint's eve. It's a Catholic holiday that is celebrated with much piety ...
The Christian holiday is All Saints Day which is Nov 1st - that's why Halloween is 'All Hallows-eve'. It's like Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday in French) which is always the day before Ash Wednesday - the beginning of lent, which is the season of fasting and abstinence. Catholics like to have a big party before a solemn event!
10/02/2011
Lucky21 Lucky21
Yup! We do. Not like we used to, but since we have a kiddo we want to make sure she gets to experience all sorts of holidays.
10/02/2011
AMGuidroz AMGuidroz
Halloween is awesome! Yes, we celebrate Halloween!
10/02/2011
Sammi Sammi
We love Halloween
10/02/2011
kellyg kellyg
I love Halloween and used to celebrate it but over the past few years I've stopped. Maybe I just got boring but I don't dress up or even go out now. I'll still get some Halloween candy..for myself to eat in front of the tv haha. Trick or treaters dont come to my apartment complex, so dont worry, I'm not holding out on the kids.
10/02/2011
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by carenautilus
Well, I'm Jewish, so I may be wrong, but isn't Halloween a Christian holiday? Or at least derived from a Christian holiday? It's all Hallow's Eve. Or All Saint's eve. It's a Catholic holiday that is celebrated with much piety ...
It is thought to be the other way 'round. Christian holidays were adapted from pagan festivals as a way to increase conversion rates. Ostara, the pagan festival of fertility, became known as Easter. Some of the symbols remained and are still used by marketing teams everywhere---the bunny and the egg being the most notable. (You don't see anyone eating a chocolate Jesus, now do you? lol)

Samhain is a festival noting the end of the harvest and wars in past Celtic civilizations, first noted by anglican cultures in the 10th century. The celebration includes feasting and drinking, however there are no real accounts of what took place on those days and what most believe to be true is mostly specualtion based upon observances of Beltane, another important sabbat for pagans. It is said that during this period, clansmen and tribes would assemble to decide how to best use the bounty of the harvest and decide which animals were to be slaughtered for the winter.

Day of the Day is an ancient Mexican custom of remembering the dead. Candy, cakes and ornaments are left on the graves of loved ones lost and a feast takes place within the community. It dates back 2 to 3,000 years and has gained popularity in other Latin/Hispanic cultures across the world. The best example on film of this festival is in The Crow.

All Saints Day is a Catholic tradition recognizing all of the known and unknown Saints. This is also celebrated by a feast of great proportions.

Halloween is kind of like the bastard child of All Saints, Day of the Dead and Samhain. It encompasses many aspects of all of these festivals and has gleaned a lot of its meaning and activities from popular media at any given time. In true American custom, we have turned it into a night to get free things, play mean jokes on our friends and embarrass ourselves. And to that I say: bring it on! It's my favorite day of the year.
10/02/2011
Tuesday Tuesday
We don't have kids in the house anymore. I've never been in to dressing up for it when I'm the one home handing out candy. I only find the little princesses that come to the door early to be fun. As the night wears on, the kids are increasingly older and increasingly obnoxious.

We turn the lights out, stay at the back of the house and ignore the few that ring the bell anyway.

I do have a 35 pound pumpkin that I'm obliged to carve, but that's a separate story.
10/02/2011
mizzmilla mizzmilla
It's my favorite holiday!
10/02/2011
indiglo indiglo
We are total scrooges on all holidays. I really think they're overdone. We don't celebrate, no. Doesn't bother me if other people do it, I just don't want to. lol
10/02/2011
indiglo indiglo
Quote:
Originally posted by Tuesday
We don't have kids in the house anymore. I've never been in to dressing up for it when I'm the one home handing out candy. I only find the little princesses that come to the door early to be fun. As the night wears on, the kids are ...
"We turn the lights out, stay at the back of the house and ignore the few that ring the bell anyway."

LOL Ditto!!
10/02/2011
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