31 Oct

The boys get their good looks from their mother

Common Sense, R.I.P.

Don’t talk to strange women.
No sweets from strange men.
Those are the rules, three-sixty-four.


when the dead come alive
on day three-sixty-five,
it’s fine to knock on a stranger’s door?











We never let our kids go trick-or-treating.  For one thing, we’re not American.  For another, it seemed hypocritical to warn them not to take sweets from strangers, and then send them out into the night to do just that.

We did let them dress up to frighten the children who came to our door.  There were never many because it is not a real English tradition, but an American import by British retailers.  The boys usually went to parties organised by the church (but not dressed as zombies and axe murderers).

I don’t know if we deprived them of an important childhood ritual, but it occurs to me that the retailers are the ones who enjoy Halloween the most; the boys were always happy to play duck apple at home, and eat the leftover treats.

8 Responses to “Hallowmoan”

  1. flo October 31, 2010 at 14:18 #

    Bah humbug!


    • Tilly Bud October 31, 2010 at 14:36 #

      I think you’ve had enough sweets for one night, missy.

      And I seem to recall bringing my children to your house one Halloween night for a mini-party, because you wouldn’t let your own children go out t-o-ting.


  2. vivinfrance October 31, 2010 at 15:05 #

    I don’t remember much about Halloween in UK, but it’s very big in France. The littlest children go around in gaggles accompanied by a witch (sorry) teacher, shouting “Nous voulons bonbons” (we want sweets) and having a wail of a time (pun intentional).


  3. slpmartin October 31, 2010 at 16:22 #

    Halloween always gave us a bit of a Robin Hood feel to us as children for some reason. 😉 As young adults we practice a little “trick or drink”…now it’s just another day.


  4. Musings October 31, 2010 at 18:27 #

    We’re seeing less and less children at the door these days. I think there are more private parties being organized somewhere which is actually a good thing.


  5. earlybird November 1, 2010 at 13:22 #

    I agree about the moan – don’t even talk to me about ‘alloeen’ – the French retailers adopted it about 10 years or so ago (can’t really remember but must be about that) and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with their traditions and culture. My kids were at an International Lycée (secondary school) and after a couple of years the teachers banned it simply because it absolutely wasn’t ‘French’ and just a commercial opportunity. Last night my son suggested we should only give sweets to any child who could tell us the origins of Halloween. Luckily no one rang the bell (it was tipping with rain which might have helped) because I didn’t have any sweets.


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