Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween on the Horizon!!


I have always loved Halloween. It is one of my top three favorite holidays (along with Thanksgiving and Christmas). 

The week leading up to Halloween is always a wonderful time of year. Carving jack-o'-lanterns, watching scary movies, eating pumpkin Reese's by the dozens, attending Halloween parties, and going to haunted houses! 

I really wish it was socially acceptable to go trick-or-treating as an adult, because I totally would. 


Do you enjoy Halloween? What's your favorite thing about Halloween?

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  1. Well we are entering your best season of celebrations then! Nice-


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
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  2. Kieth, you have a passion for this holiday that can't be contained in one lifetime, which is a good argument in favor of the great beyond Halloween celebrates.

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  3. I like that Halloween is just about fun. No obligatory family gatherings (we all have THAT person or THAT side of the family...) and gift-buying. Adults should definitely be able to go trick-or-treating.

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  4. Go ahead, your costume could be as a really big kid, or a little kid on stilts, with a good mask whose to know?

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  5. My enthusiasm has waned over the years. Not a big fan now. I do like horror movies though.

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  6. i hope you enjoy it enough for all of us. :)

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  7. When our daughter was young we made the most of Halloween...decorations and spooky music, costumes and treats... Now we just turn out the lights and wait it out.

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  8. I used to looooooooooooooooove Halloween/Sahain. Then I hung out the vampire caste-you might call them goths- for a few years and it kind of lost it's luster. Something about seeing costuming amongst the Everyday's Halloween set.

    I like the Pagan idea of it being the new year with veils between worlds being so much thinner...

    Even though I have a bit of cynicism-e.g. you can't get me to dress up or play on a bet-I do like the auspice of Halloween where you can look like whatever and there is zero! level of judgment. Like the purported Christmas Spirit, I just wish it lasted all the days of the year.

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  9. You mean it's not socially acceptable to dress up and go trick or treating as an adult? Damn. Well I still plan on dressing up to go with my 3 year old who is going to be the cutest snow white ever.

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  10. This is precisely why we have children; so we can have an excuse to go trick or treating.

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  11. Hey, you're never too old to dress up for Halloween! You just have to find the right occasion. Our symphony orchestra holds a Halloween concert every year, and both the musicians and the audience dress in costumes.. It's a lot of fun.

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  12. It is fun to watch the kids come to the door trick or treating :) Where we used to live, we would get high schoolers trick or treating, but the only adults were the ones that came with their young children, maybe you could start a trend :)

    betty

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  13. I also LOVE Halloween! Sadly though, the last few years I haven't really gotten into it like I used to. I haven't even gotten any pumpkins yet this year! : ( I still have two days though!

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  14. I like Halloween too because it's fun for all ages!

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  15. I don't really care for Halloween because I think it is kind of the opposite of Christmas. And other reasons. But now I DO give out candy. And I have no problem with people who celebrate it! SO I hope it is a great day for you and you get lots and lots of cute toddlers (that is my favorite part, the tiny kids costumes).

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  16. Halloween wasn't celebrated at all here when I was growing up. These days? A little. But it is a fairly low key affair.
    Some day perhaps I will see it celebrated as it should be...

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  17. Ha ha. If you come to my door I might turn out my lights. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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  18. I am not a Halloween fan, but Autumn? Yes! :)

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  19. i've never had a halloween party in my life. halloween is not something that is celebrated in my country. but oh yes, i always enjoy the decorations and all, because honesty who don't love some chocolate? and i like a hay ride. happy halloween, Keith!

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  20. LOL I think if you did Keith, you might gain some v.e.r.y. interesting stories to share on the blog hey?!
    Halloween is not celebrated here, however, I note that the shops are trying to get it more on board with the kids. Things are appearing that I've never seen before!
    Enjoy your halloween. Autumn is beautiful where you are too!

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  21. Halloween is my favourite holiday ever; don't think I'll ever outgrow it! Hmmm, adults trick or treating....
    I know! Have a Halloween party with a Trick or Treat? buffet!

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  22. Hi Keith .. we're not into Halloween here - Guy Fawkes comes too soon after ... but the kids are bringing it in .. schools I guess encourage ... fun for the youngsters though ... enjoy if you can find some kids to enjoy the evening with?! Cheers Hilary

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  23. I always loved Halloween and when I had my children, I always made it a fun time and they love it as much... I can't wait to see a picture of my grandson Jackson to see what he is dressing us as :)

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  24. We don’t celebrate Halloween here in India. Glad you enjoy it and have lot of fun :)

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  25. I love Halloween too! There is just something about the slight chill in the air and the excitement of trick-or-treating, or as I do now, watch movies while waiting for the trick-or-treaters to come to our door!
    And of course you can't beat pumpkin carving and roasted pumpkin seeds!

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  26. I'm kind of in the middle as far as halloween goes. I get all the appeal and everything but I haven't dressed up in years personally.

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  27. hmmm..Halloween is when there is a bit of mystery in the air, when the veil is thin and who knows what lurks behind the masks. I do enjoy some almond joys though..haha..

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  28. Haunted houses are definitely my favorite part of Halloween season!!

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  29. It would be fun if kids are around together. They can be depended upon to create the 'tricks' and make things lively. Great thoughts Keith!

    Hank

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  30. I used to love the haunted houses! And now I love to see houses all decorated for Halloween. And the candy is good too! Happy Halloween, Keith

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  31. I like Halloween. The best part of Halloween is seeing my little grandkids in costumes that their mom makes and seeing the the carved pumpkin. I used to enjoy seeing the kids coming to the door with their treat bags but we don't get kids coming to the door anymore in our neighbourhood.

    My family still have halloween parties with the adults all dress up in costumes, the ladies get ready at one house and their men gets ready at another house so no one knows who their husband is and they have a lot of fun finding out.
    Working at the farm till dark doesn't leave much time to celebrate Halloween for me unfortunately.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  32. my friend in Savannah is going to a trunk or treat... the local high school ball game is Friday night, all the tail gate parties are handing out treats.. i thought that was a great idea. the last time i went T or T I was 16 ... mother was NOT happy

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  33. I have a big advantage I am under 5 feet tall so I could possibly pull that door to door candy thing off:) B

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  34. I do remember one year, in grad school, where we threw a party for the kids whose parents were our fellow students and afterwards, went trick-or-treating ourselves, with glasses in hand... Enjoy the holiday!

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  35. You just have to have a kid Keith, and then you carry a treat bucket "for the baby." ;) We have yet to watch any scary movies...I'll do that this weekend.

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  36. Actually posts like yours, I don't really celebrate Halloween and being in an apt building no one comes over...:) then again no candy leftover for I don't buy them anymore....

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  37. I am not a Halloween fan ... I do it for the kids ...and that's as far as I go! LOL!! I am more excited that it is 55 days until you know what!!!!!!!!!

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  38. I love Halloween! It's fun for everyone, and there are so many cool things to see and even photograph. It brings out the kid in all of us.

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  39. we have fun with it...this will be the last year my boy dresses up to trick or treat....my younger son is going to a sleep over that night.....its fun as long as you keep it fun...we had a rough one a few years back with those that wanted to get into mischief....they were banging on our door several times at 3 am....smashed all the pumpkins on the street....and the mailboxes...

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  40. I don't celebrate Halloween, but I have watched a good many of the Halloween editions of old TV shows: they all throw in a scary one or two! If adult trick-or-treating were allowed I might be tempted to start celebrating it!

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  41. If only this season would stop here with cool temps unfortunately it's now just a reminder of long winter season ahead. I did get pumpkins and gourdes from the farmers market and carved one for the grand kiddies to enjoy.

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  42. Halloween is funny. I love seeing cute little ones in cute little costumes. I have the advantage of looking like a kid (becuz of my shortness) in costume, so if I have a kid to take around (sadly, I don't here), or group of folks to go with, it's fun. Otherwise, I give out candy. Happy Halloween, Keith!

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  43. PS I meant that it's fun, not funny. It is funny too, though - except the overabundance of bloody zombies. That I can do without. Cheers, Keith.

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  44. I think you should go trick or treating. I've been thinking about it. I've got some friends who would get a kick out of seeing an adult at their door, pumpkin bag in tow.

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  45. Those Reese's chocolate peanut butter pumpkins are the best! And so are the eggs at Easter, the trees at Christmas, etc. Yum! :)

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  46. I never got into the habit of Halloween. It has reached German shores in the last few years but I have no idea what people/children do.

    There’s trick-or-treating here in the UK. When we lived nearer a road I used to get in sweets and things for the children calling but we never get any coming now. we’re too far of the road.

    I believe kids now come with large plastic bags and if they’re not given lots of sweets, biscuits or even money, they complain.

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  47. Ha, actually I am not a great fan of Halloween as it is celebrated today. When I was a kid it was simple. Simple costumes, some trick or treating. Not extravagance. Today some people decorate their homes here in a way that rivals Christmas; and costumes cost an arm and a leg. And parents have to accompany kids as they walk for a bag of candy rather than going on their own as I did when I was of the trick-or-treat age. No, really I admire the European countries that really do not embrace Halloween....everything we do here seems eventually to turn overly commercial, and this is yet another example.

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  48. As an adult, I enjoyed Halloween a bit more when I lived in the burbs'. It was so much fun handing out candy to hordes of excitable and adorable kids. Living in the country now, needless to say, kids don't make the trek to our house so much. But I do enjoy Halloween when the hubby and I have a good Halloween party to go to! :)

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  49. Mmm hmm hmmm on the Reese Pumpkins. Those things are SO good! My teen isn't dressing up this year because she feels too old to do it (Sophomore in high school). I told her she should totally still do it... we'll see if she takes my advice (or just takes some of her brother's candy). ;)

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  50. You can do that. Go with children. You can dress up and the adults here will give you candy.

    I liked carrying a pillow case. It held more candy.

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  51. I like it! Every year I think I'm not going to put as much effort into it as the year before. Then I find myself into it. Since I work at an art school many get into it. The 3 people that work right by me complain about it. I'm one of the only full time teachers that gets into it. So...my costumes are pretty cool, and well thought out. Then a freelance teacher walks in here, and wins the award for the best costume every single year. They put little effort into their costume. I know it shouldn't bother me. I mean all they get is a homemade printed certificate award. That little envy, and how hard I worked at it kicks in. I want to out do everyone. Last year I was Frida Kahlo. I thought it was pretty good for an art school. Well a freelance teacher came in dressed up in his wife's leotard, and was the tooth fairy. He won because he was so funny, and ridiculous. I said, "How long did it take for you to come up with that one?" He said, "I couldn't find my costume from the year before, so my wife threw this together for me." Sigh! So I love Halloween, but I guess I'm competitive with it. I don't try to be, it just comes out. I'm not a sore loser. I shake whomever shall win - hand.

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  52. Cowboy Fellowship will have a giant party and everyone is invited so I won't bother to buy candy this year. I always enjoyed seeing the smallest witches and goblins in costume with awe on their little faces.

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  53. I looooove Halloween, but I totally slacked this year. =( For some reason it's really hard for people here in MKE to have a fun party that is less booze and more traditional festivities. However we are going to have a scary movie night the day after!

    And I would so join you in trick or treating as an adult!!

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  54. you could go to a dress up Halloween party! I decorate a little and give out candy. Admittedly I just painted my pumpkin face on and bought pre-roasted pumpkin seeds...call me lazy!

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  55. I love Halloween. I love having scary movie marathons. I love the decorations. I love seeing kids costumes. I just love it all! :)

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  56. Hi Keith! I felt a little sad when I read your post, because Halloween has been missing from my life these past several years. We don't get trick-or-treaters where we live, and I used to love them coming to our door. For many years I got my Halloween fix from school, where it was a huge deal. But then the PCers got going (Christian and Wiccan), and schools started avoiding it. Then our district started scheduling Fall Break week so that Halloween fell when the kids were off. :( I was all for Halloween which was The Event during the year that brought our community ~ our Hispanic population especially loved it, and generations of their extended families would come in, from the oldest great uncle to the newest baby and all in costume. So maybe I'll go get a pumpkin, some pumpkin Reeses, and Terry and I can celebrate with a scary movie after Friday Night Date Night at Parkway tomorrow night. At least I can visit my old classroom Halloween spider collection which I donated to Parkway when I retired. That little bar and restaurant celebrates Halloween in a big way!
    Terry and I went to a haunted house once before we were married. We were terrified. And Terry was no help at all ~ He was more scared than I was! I could never go to another, not even the tame ones parents would put together for our Halloween Carnival at school. Happy Halloween, my friend!

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  57. No, I don't. We don't celebrate it in my Country.
    People tried to "import" it but I don't think it will stick.
    But I believe the default is in me as I don't like Carnival, which we "celebrate", and I don't seem to enjoy since I remember.
    Now I would adopt Thanksgiving - oh to stop a day and feel blessed and thankful for the blessings... count me in!
    And I Love, Celebrate and Live Christmas.
    Happy Halloween, Keith! May it be a happy and safe one,
    Teresa

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  58. Love Halloween! Now my favorite thing is seeing all the kids and how excited they are.

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  59. It used to be my favorite when my kids were little but it doesn't hold the same excitement now.

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  60. Dressing up in costume on Halloween might be the one thing I miss about teaching!

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  61. Always enjoyed baking for Halloween and I love when my littles were for candies in Halloween.
    Now always I have someones at home to the halloween night!
    So Keith the next is Christmas:))))

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  62. I could care less about it now a days, as a kid it was fun, other than that meh.

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  63. I love Halloween. I love the candy, the jack o lanterns and the creativity of putting together costumes. I like the crunchy leaves and the crisp air. I like the full moons and bats flying in front of it. . . . You can stop me anytime. . . Happy almost Halloween Keith!!! Hugs.

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  64. Sorry, I don't like it, oh poor me.

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  65. I would totally trick-or-treat now too!

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  66. Halloween isn't my favorite celebration, and IMO, trick or treating is for kids. That may mean you're a kid at heart. However, I do enjoy wearing a costume every now and then, and a witch one was the favorite. A few girls at work dressed up as a witches coven, and I think we won 3rd prize.

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  67. Halloween has never been a favorite holiday. We go to the boat and enjoy peace and quiet each year. It's for the kids and I enjoy seeing them have fun, but hearing the doorbell ring 500 times in one night is more than I'm willing to do at my age.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  68. Halloween is my favorite holiday! Haunted houses, vegan Halloween candy, pumpkin carving, costumes, spooky movies....love it!

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  69. I like Halloween, especially the trick or treat part, I'm excited for my kids and we are going today. Wohho. Great post, Keith. Happy Halloween to you and your family.

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  70. Keith,

    I was never keen on Halloween and am still not as an adult. I think my childhood in Belfast, impacted greatly on me and helped to form my dislike for this event. The noise of fireworks exploding in fun; as well as the noise of terrorists and the exploding of real bombs etc, left me extremely fearful of the sounds associated with Halloween..Perhaps the bullying attitude of Belfast's trick or treaters, left me with the same attitude of distrust and dislike.
    Maybe in another location and in a more acceptable enviornment it may have been very different!!!
    Enjoy YOUR fun Keith, as Christmas will follow along:)
    Eileen

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  71. Halloween is my favorite holiday! I love to decorate the house, bake pumpkin goodies, pick out a pumpkin, see my nephews in their costumes, and I still try to dress up for fun if I can. :)

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  72. Can't believe it is the end of October already! Looking forward to Thanksgiving now, but not in a super hurry to get there. Want to savor this wonderful fall weather while I can.

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  73. I used to get dressed up, but now I enjoy this time in the way that our ancestors honored it.

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  74. Oh Halloween, how I love thee.
    I love decorating the house, baking anything and everything with pumpkin, and haunted houses!
    And I love Halloween day, because it's the only day of the year in which you can dress as a complete freak and absolutely no one can say anything about it :-)

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  75. I would be right there with you Keith....dressed in my silly costume saying "Trick or Treat" :-) My favorite part is the costumes and parties and the fun the kids have.....I guess I love the whole experience. :-)

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  76. I'm looking forward to seeing all the Trick or Treaters - there are a ton of littles kids in our new neighborhood.

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  77. Well, I can't say I have enthusiasm for Halloween. I remember taking my little kids out and it was very cold. It was miserable. I found it had to come up with the costumes they wanted. I do like seeing little kids at the door. Me dress up?...never!

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  78. i haven't really been a fan of halloween but i looove hearing others get excited over the holiday! i always spend it watching those cheesy and also creepy 70s horror flicks they show on AMC this time of year :)

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  79. Being an avid fan of horror movies since a very early age, I've always been obsessed with Halloween too. Unfortunately, Halloween didn't exist in my country (Belgium) when I was a child. It's slowly coming up here now, but it could still be so much better.

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  80. I do love Halloween - the spooky magic of it and how it is a very old Celtic tradition (being of Celtic heritage). When my children were young we loved trick or treat and seeing all the decorated porches and costumes, going to the haunted houses. Halloween costume parties are fun, too. This year, we have had a quiet celebration, as we don't have grandchildren yet and we live too far out for trick or treater's. We will light some jack-o-lantern's, dim the lights, and have some pumpkin bread. Happy Halloween!

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  81. My kids love Halloween -- I love it too when I get to eat their sweets.

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  82. Unfortunately, Halloween isn't that popular Down Under and Off to the Side :( Well, it maybe in the city, but as I live in a rural area these days, I don't see too many people wearing funny sorts of costumes. Tis a bit of a shame. Looks fun :)

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  83. No Halloween in here.
    But you know, we just got over with Diwali :)
    Our festival of lights, crackers, and brightness!
    I've never been about crackers, for me Diyas and lanterns suffice!
    I wish you get to see it too someday.
    It tells us to begin again, and believe! :)

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  84. Halloween has never taken off in Australia but of course some attend crazy parties and walk around the streets in zombie outfits. Good fun.

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  85. My favorite thing is sewing costumes! It's one of those days you can play dress up, leave the house, and not get weird looks. :)

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  86. I love seeing our grandkids in costumes, as well as the little ones from the neighborhood who come to our door.

    Oh, when you have kids of your own, it'll be perfectly legit for you to go trick-or-treating again. Can't send the little ones out there on their own, right? When our kids were young, my hubby and the fellow across the street (who didn't have any kids) used to make the rounds with them. Back in those days, the guys walking around with the kids were given adult beverages at a lot of the homes...

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  87. I've always loved Halloween. I think my favorite thing about it besides the candy are all the great horror movies that are on this month.

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  88. I do love it. But it will pass by unnoticed around here, I'm afraid. Last November, I moved from a busy, closely-knit neighbourhood full of kidlets. We all loved shelling out and chatting with the kids. Now, I'm out in the country, on a road where the houses are few and far between and not many children within a quarter mile. Sadly, it will be just another night.

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  89. In the UK Halloween has now eclipsed bonfire night ( 5 th nov) in popularity
    I love carving a pumpkin.....that's our only tradition x

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  90. I fear my costume party days are over but they were such fun. It was always fun to shed my real skin and become someone totally different for an evening. Also since I live so far in the country now, I don't even get to see the adorable little kids trick or treating.
    Enjoy you day Keith and the two more right around the corner.

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  91. After you have kids it's acceptable to go! Borrow a kid! LOL!

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  92. You must know someone with a kid. Tag along.

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  93. I love Halloween-It's my second favourite time(next to Christmas). I went out until I was 17 and then I went out once when I was 23 or 24. I covered my hands, and face and talked "high" to sound like a little kid-got tons of candy! I would totally go trick or treating. I love dressing up and plan to be Goo (from Gumby) tomorrow

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  94. 'I really wish it was socially acceptable to go trick-or-treating as an adult, because I totally would.'

    :) Adorable.

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  95. Halloween was always a fun time growing up, and my mom usually made all my costumes. When I had kids, they had a lot of fun going trick or treating and getting candy. I chuckled when you said if it was acceptable, you still would haha.

    Happy Halloween, Keith!

    ~Sheri

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  96. I love seeing kids' faces at Halloween... I have great memories of my three sons dressing up at Halloween. These days, since I live in a predominantly retirement community, we don't get 'trick or treaters' here.. SO---Halloween for us is just another day ---except for the fact that I do decorate --using pumpkins, scarecrows, etc.... SO--I still love it!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  97. Favorite thing

    as a kid: costumes and candy

    as an adult: how the women dress in costume

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  98. When I had my store in the Mall, I used to love the kids in their costumes trick or treating from store to store. My Mother loved it even more, handing out comics and Pokemon cards. :-) Thanks for visiting, Keith.

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  99. Just think if you had snow on Halloween!

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  100. You could always create a "haunted" backyard and have friends over for fun and frolic and fright.

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  101. we don't do Halloween where I'm from. but one day I will carve a pumpkin too!

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  102. I wish I could say the same like you did but in India we do not celebrate it.
    SUCK RIGHT? :(

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  103. This is our favorite time of year. :) I really miss dressing up! Our son is 18 and he's having a small Halloween party here at home. He's dressing up as a spy. :) Happy Halloween!!!

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  104. I just love your enthusiasm for life Keith. Great.

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  105. I've never really been into Hallowe'en, it wasn't a big thing in England when i was growing up. It's bigger in Scotland and has been getting bigger recently. Last night I went to a Hallowe'en themed poetry event and dressed as the character in one of the poems i read.

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  106. Happy Halloween! It's one of my favorite holidays too. It's like the official start of the holiday season. We went to some great haunted houses this year. Such fun!

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  107. Given it's origins, it's kind of odd to wish someone 'happy halloween'? But have a great All Saints' Day!

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  108. LOVE Halloween . . .
    I think this should be your year to live out your wish, give it a try, any ideas for a costume, maybe where a sign saying . . .
    I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TRICK and TREATING FOR ADULTS!
    What is your favorite candy? I will save some for you when you stop by!
    (You have the best posts!)

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  109. Oh definitely!
    I still miss going trick-or-treating...used to get away with it when my son was young, as I could go with him...but now? Well, I guess it would appear a little odd for a middle-aged woman and her 22 year old son wandering the streets in costume! *chuckles*
    Doesn't mean I don't still feel impelled to though...;)

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  110. Me too, love Halloween. A friend in Portland once invited me to be in a haunted house where she volunteered, as a ghoul. I got my face all painted up. Then, for seven hours, I sat on a stool behind a wall and watched for guests coming thru the haunted house by pinhole. When the time was just right, I'd open a trap door, lean forward and scream at them. I was hoarse for three weeks afterwards.

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  111. I love it! I've had amazing fun both as a child and as an adult at Halloween! Maybe because at Halloween we can all really be just kids again!

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  112. Happy Halloween ~ Hey, we have our own version of having fun this day ~ Never too old, I say ~

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  113. There are mixed attitudes in Australia. Us older generation prefer not to celebrate Halloween but the younger ones are embracing it. My personal opinion is that it is a northern hemisphere harvest celebration so we are in the wrong season to start with. It has only become popular as the media and especially the consumer orientated businesses have jumped on the band wagon by following USA's Halloween tradition so that consumers will buy more stuff, unnecessary stuff. Each year it gets worse. This year store staff were dressed in Halloween costumes. I wonder how many of them really understand what the celebration is all about.

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  114. Not my fave holiday, but I do enjoy the kiddos and their costumes...

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  115. We don't have the traditional Halloween celebration here as such ... but I do love the unique costumes worn by people :-)

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  116. I'm not sure who gets more excited about Halloween....the kids or me!?!? It's so much fun.

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  117. I love to see the happy kids in their costumes but I'm afraid that is where my enthusiasm ends for this holiday. Love Thanksgiving.. that's my favourite holiday of all.

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  118. I love the pumpkins and I used to love Halloween when i was little. I love fun and creative costumes. I cannot stand all the gore and blood and dark that now goes with Halloween. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving but I do love pumpkins and seeing kids dress up and trick or treat.

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