What are your views on trick or treat on All Souls Eve (Hallowe'een)? Many elderly UK people dislike
I lived in the UK for awhile and I heard that trick-or-treating is slowly catching on there. As an American, I can attest that it is truly a fun community experience! I don't know how well it would work in big cities and urban areas, but in residential communities it's a great holiday and the whole town will get into the trick-or-treating fun. Decorating your house, wearing fun costumes (both people who pass out candy and the kids!) and giving fun treats.. Kids have an awesome time and look forward to it all year, and it's fun to see everyone's costumes. I hope the UK can embrace this tradition! Halloween is an awesome holiday.
Interesting this question was asked today. Sharing is I have a Dearest Best Friend in Sweden. Another friend she introduced to me at Facebook also from Sweden posted a short article about All Saints Day as practiced there. Curious I read it. They have a tradition of lighting candles at the grave sites of relatives and friends. That tradition dates back quite away. Going further I Wiki'ed this day for an adventure with learning.
I further made discovery the Americanized tradition for trick-or-treat with candy and such was really introduced there around the '90's. It is apparently at a slow pace with acceptance mainly focusing with the kids and parties too. So, off I went on another adventure looking into the history of trick-or-treat. Amazing!
Well, probably there is a hub in there for next year . . . thank you :-) Maybe I will write it and tuck it away until then. The impact of the adventure was instead of writing an email to those friends proclaiming Happy Halloween with a pic of a carved pumpkin or some such I did something different. I sent a pic of lit candle saying "Bra alla helgons dag med minne", (Good 'All Saints Day' to you with remembrance).
I imagine a lot of elderly folks dislike Halloween because in the past (60s/70s) it was a night for young people to make mischief and that often translated into vandalism and theft. It wasn't until the idea of trick-r-treating to reintroduced, along with other constructive activities for kids to do on Halloween that the night took a less destructive turn.
I love the idea of trick or treating, it harkens back to the ancient tradition of souling.
First time I came across 'trick or treat' was when I was working with a US Air Cavalry unit back in the early 80ss. Some of the men were from New York and they told me they'd banned their kids from doing it as people were putting razor blades in the sweets and kids were getting seriously hurt!
Personally as a British person Halloween was never big on my calendar as we used to concentrate on November 5th (Bonfire night) which as I think about it now is really strange as it means we celebrated an act of terrorism!!! (A foiled plot to blow up the houses of Parliament in 1604!)
Strange how the world turns
By the way 'trick or treating' in ancient times always had sinister connotations.
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