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Will you be wearing a costume this year? If so, describe it. If not, then describe your fantasy costume. Do you have any Halloween traditions that you follow? If so, what are they?
11 years ago, October 28th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #52757  
I wont be wearing a costume but if I was it would probably be a cat costume because I have been told I look cat like.

We have special Halloween food. Mashed potatoes and sausages and apple or pumpkin pie.

My daugher wants me to go trick or treating with her. I dont want to do that because it is not a tradition here in Germany. My Canadian friend took her kid trick or treating where she lives in England and had doors slammed in her face. Anybody got any suggestions for how I can explain to my daughter why I am not going to play this exciting(embarassing more like) game with her?

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11 years ago, October 30th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #52958  
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Hi Mel,
I had a party last week and i was "Batgirl" (as were about half the females at the party). Honestly, I just picked up a costume at the store because I needed something and was not feeling creative, plus it went with my boyfriend's more creative costume of the Joker from the newest Batman movie.

As for traditions, our towns usually have trick or treating early these days (2-6 PM) and a lot of the schools have half days and parades so the kids can show off their costumes.

As for trick or treating, we have something here but I'm not sure if it is available over there. Our shopping malls always have something where kids can go to the stores or they have stands set up along the mall hallways and kids can "trick or treat" there (parents come along of course). I am guessing this isn't an option there if they really dont trick or treat. What if you ask some friends that live close by to have a few pieces of candy and just let your daughter go to those specific houses? I cannot remember how old your daughter is, but can you maybe point out to her some traditions they have in Germany that they don't have home and explain to her that trick or treating is one that they have home but don't do there? Depending on her age that might be tough. Can you find a fun alternative to trick or treating that maybe involves candy or something similar that she can enjoy?? Might take her mind off the trick or treating, hopefully?! Reply to this

11 years ago, October 30th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #52962  
I didnt even know there is a Batgirl. :D

What if you ask some friends that live close by to have a few pieces of candy and just let your daughter go to those specific houses?



What I am going to do is take her to peoples houses and we will take candy to give to the people whose doors we knock on. What I really need to do is stop her watching those American movies on u tube. Thats where she gets these ideas in the first place. :D
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11 years ago, October 30th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #52964  
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Haha that sounds like a good compromise! And there really isn't a batgirl, they just made it as a costume so that you could be the female version of batgirl. There's a "super girl" too or something like that... I guess because most of the superheros we are familiar with tend to be male? Gives females some superhero options too :-) Reply to this

11 years ago, October 31st 2008 No: 5 Msg: #53040  
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Halloween isnt really celebrated in Australia either... a few places have parties etc.. but they seem to be more for adults. You would get the door slammed in your face here too.. probably because we dont have access to huge cheap(nasty) bags of candy to buy like they have in the US. Most people dont have anything to give out, so you wont get anything

Actually today on the cartoon chanel there was a big Halloween thing about what it was, how to go trick or treating which my kids saw and they wanted to do it.. I was angry.. because thanks.. put that show on but no way to carry out what they are showing... I just told my kids no one does that here

A few friends set up trick or treating in their street by sending letters out to everyone asking if they wanted to do a trick or treating and which houses would be participating.. therefore they knew which houses to go to.. so you knew the candy was safe and you wouldnt get a door slammed...probably a bit late for you to do that... I also read of a lady living in Taiwan (where they dont do halloween/trick treating) and she actually bought all the candy and gave it to her neighbours earlier, so when they knocked the people had candy to give her child.. she said it was a good way to meet the neighbours and they were interested in her (weird to them) cultural activity.

thats all I got.. hope it helps Reply to this

11 years ago, October 31st 2008 No: 6 Msg: #53054  

Actually today on the cartoon chanel there was a big Halloween thing about what it was, how to go trick or treating which my kids saw and they wanted to do it.. I was angry.. because thanks.. put that show on but no way to carry out what they are showing... I just told my kids no one does that here



My daugher was insisting this morning that we have to get things from the neighbours and not give them things. But I have our big nasty bags of candy ready to give to the neighbours. :D

A few friends set up trick or treating in their street by sending letters out to everyone asking if they wanted to do a trick or treating and which houses would be participating.. therefore they knew which houses to go to.. so you knew the candy was safe and you wouldnt get a door slammed...probably a bit late for you to do that... I also read of a lady living in Taiwan (where they dont do halloween/trick treating) and she actually bought all the candy and gave it to her neighbours earlier, so when they knocked the people had candy to give her child.. she said it was a good way to meet the neighbours and they were interested in her (weird to them) cultural activity.



It seems like a lot of work for something that is supposed to be fun. But I think I am just going to tell my daugher that we dont ask people for candy, we give it and that is our tradition. It is what we did last year. The neighbours seemed to like it.

The muslim families living here have the same problem at Christmas. Their kids want a Christmas tree and all the things that go with Christmas.

With multi cultural communities we will soon be celebrating something everyday. :D
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11 years ago, October 31st 2008 No: 7 Msg: #53072  
We went to our neighbours house to bring some candy. There are the parents and a 3 year old boy. Last year we brought them candy and they were pleased. This time as 20 something year old grump opened the door and said ''no thanks'' before we even had a chance to explain why we are here. I told him that the candy is in fact for the kid and asked if we can see him. Apparently the kid is away with the father for the weekend and the mother is at work. He closed the door before we had a chance to ask if he will give the candy to the kid when he gets back. That guy is Halloweens version of the Christmas Scrooge. Reply to this

11 years ago, October 31st 2008 No: 8 Msg: #53096  
Some mini witches just came to our door with their mother looking for candy. The mother looked relieved when I gave them some. :D Reply to this

11 years ago, October 31st 2008 No: 9 Msg: #53101  
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All the kids are going to start coming in my storefront for candy in about 30 minutes. Luckily, i can only stay an hour and then I have to head to my boyfriends house. Halloween gets crazy here and they get all upset when you are out of candy! Reply to this

11 years ago, October 31st 2008 No: 10 Msg: #53104  
They will find you at your boyfriends place. :D

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11 years ago, October 31st 2008 No: 11 Msg: #53114  
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I live in the Seattle, WA area. Halloween is a huge deal with quite a few of my friends. A group of us gets all dressed up and goes out to the bar where there are costume contests & plenty of drinks. My friend Jill also celebrates her birthday on Halloween so it's a double-whammy.

This year I am going as "Ugly Betty" from the television show. I went shopping and found some pretty ugly clothes at a secondhand store and then bought a wig and glasses to complete the look. I'm looking forward to the party tonight! Reply to this

11 years ago, November 1st 2008 No: 12 Msg: #53127  
I am living and working in China, originally from Canada. We organized a Halloween party for the kids at the private school where I teach and were pleasantly surprised at the number of great costumes that showed up. It would have been the first Halloween event for most of them. I managed to scrape enough stuff together to go as a biker, missing my motorcycle that is stored away in Canada for the times we return to visit. You can check out the pics in my latest blog entry. Reply to this

11 years ago, November 5th 2008 No: 13 Msg: #53601  
I was the cat in the hat . I made my own costume. Reply to this

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