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Halloween....supposed to be scary..jeeezzz..

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Mari 3
KelJoY II 9
Dimples 6
Kris 10
RaeRie 2
Rene 1

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Kris --- 8 years ago -

Ok i know this is going to be an unpopular opinion but oh well....I've heard whining for days about how people hate "scary decorations" and kids being scared and I'm kinda over it. No, grown ups shouldnt be scaring little kids...but you grown ups need to "grow up"..anyone know where Halloween originated...no? read on then..Here's the story...from Wikipedia... Halloween has origins in the ancient Gaelic festival known as Samhain (pronounced sow-in or sau-an), which is dervied from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end".[5] A similar festival was held by the ancient Britons and is known as Calan Gaeaf (pronounced kalan-geyf). The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half", and is sometimes[6] regarded as the "Celtic New Year".[7] It could be seen as a festival of the dead. The ancient Gaels believed that the border between this world and the otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family's ancestors were honoured and invited home whilst harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm. In Scotland the spirits were impersonated by young men dressed in white with masked, veiled or blackened faces.[8 ated? so the PURPOSE of Halloween was to dress as a "harmful spirit" to ward them off...nowhere is a kitty scary. i know I know..things have changed but quit knocking on people who are actually sticking closer to the point of the holiday. to each thier own...but come on it IS HALLOWEEN...quit being such killjoys...  

KelJoY II --- 8 years ago -

um, ok. And the candy part? 

Kris --- 8 years ago -

um, ok. And the candy part? Because the holiday comes in the wake of the annual apple harvest, candy apples (known as toffee apples outside North America), caramel or taffy apples are a common Halloween treat made by rolling whole apples in a sticky sugar syrup, sometimes followed by rolling them in nuts. At one time, candy apples were commonly given to children, but the practice rapidly waned in the wake of widespread rumors that some individuals were embedding items like pins and razor blades in the apples.[29] While there is evidence of such incidents,[30] they are quite rare and have never resulted in serious injury. Nonetheless, many parents assumed that such heinous practices were rampant. At the peak of the hysteria, some hospitals offered free x-rays of children's Halloween hauls in order to find evidence of tampering. Virtually all of the few known candy poisoning incidents involved parents who poisoned their own children's candy, and there have been occasional reports of children putting needles in their own (and other children's) candy in need of a bit of attention.[citation needed] One custom that persists in modern-day Ireland is the baking (or more often nowadays, the purchase) of a barnbrack (Irish "báirín breac"), which is a light fruitcake, into which a plain ring, a coin and other charms are placed before baking. It is said that those who get a ring will find their true love in the ensuing year. This is similar to the tradition of king cake at the festival of Epiphany Want more info visit Wikipedia 

Mari (Mod) --- 8 years ago -

I thought it had something with appreasing the spirits with gifts...it's been awhile though, so not exact on that! 

Kris --- 8 years ago -

all I'm saying is if you don't like it then stay home...or choose to NOT trick or treat at houses that look too scary for you or your kids 

KelJoY II --- 8 years ago -

I gather from the way you are carrying on about this that someone ticked you off today about Halloween? 

Mari (Mod) --- 8 years ago -

And scary decorations??? 

Dimples --- 8 years ago -

...or choose to NOT trick or treat at houses that look too scary for you or your kids That is just a novel idea! Wow why didn't I think of this before?? Yes genius that is exactly what we do. You ever think that people stay with the kid friendly decor and festivities because of that reason. They are small children and most parents prefer to not freak their child out. As for whining, I didn't see any of that. More of preferences for them and their family. 

RaeRie (Mod) --- 8 years ago -

She's probably mad at me for ranting about getting scared by that clown at the exchange last night. I don't know for certain, but if that's the case Kris, I apologize for having a very real phobia. Trust me, it was not my choice. 

KelJoY II --- 8 years ago -

ha ha ha ha ....the first person I thought of when I read this thread was poor RaeRie lol. (Laughing with you, not at you RaeRie ...well ok, laughing with your husband maybe?) 

Dimples --- 8 years ago -

I personally think it doesn't matter how someone chooses to celebrate Halloween. Yes most do know the history of Halloween but that doesnt mean it needs to be celebrated that way. I honestly think some people go way over board. 

RaeRie (Mod) --- 8 years ago -

(Laughing with you, not at you RaeRie ...well ok, laughing with your husband maybe?) Uh huh...sure, lol. It's no biggie. It's funny on paper/the internet, I admit. And Dimples, I agree. Halloween is celebrated differently by everyone. Every religion and faith has a slightly different take on the holidays, and each individual has their own ways of celebrating it. Personally, I hate all the old, ugly witch decorations. But I just ignore them and don't buy them. Problem solved. It's not like I rant every time I see someone else with one up. 

KelJoY II --- 8 years ago -

I honestly think some people go way over board. Thank you. I agree. Like everything else it has become waaaaaaay commercialized. 

KelJoY II --- 8 years ago -

Uh huh...sure, lol. *hangs head sorry* bawhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha No really. 

Kris --- 8 years ago -

She's probably mad at me for ranting about getting scared by that clown No RR it had nothing to do with you...i'm not crazy about clowns myself!But I just ignore them and don't buy them. Problem solved. It's not like I rant every time I see someone else with one up. This is what ticked me off...well not this comment but the fact that others feel the need to lecture about how we shouldn't be scary and it's bad parenting...I was just venting on here..not singling anyone one person out...no need for anyone in particular to get butt hurt...I don't walk by someones cutsie tootsie house and reem them for not being scary and let them know how much thier decorations bore me!! maybe i'll start.....LOL! 

KelJoY II --- 8 years ago -

Are you a parent Kris? 

Mari (Mod) --- 8 years ago -

In the scheme of the world today, does it all really matter???? LOL (JMO)..:-) 

Kris --- 8 years ago -

Are you a parent Kris? I most definately am, and I have wonderfully well balanced,well behaved and happy kids. matter of fact I scared the tar out of my 3yr old with a halloween mask today and guess what?? SHE IS FINE! Go figure, what you say? No permanent emotional damage...LOL...i really hope thats not where you were going Kel... 

Kris --- 8 years ago -

Are you a parent Kris? I most definately am, and I have wonderfully well balanced,well behaved and happy kids. matter of fact I scared the tar out of my 3yr old with a halloween mask today and guess what?? SHE IS FINE! Go figure, what you say? No permanent emotional damage...LOL...i really hope thats not where you were going Kel... 

Kris --- 8 years ago -

dp my bad 

KelJoY II --- 8 years ago -

i really hope thats not where you were going Kel.. I was just asking a flipping question. No reason to be so defensive. A simple yes/no answer would have sufficed. 

Dimples --- 8 years ago -

Poor kid 

Kris --- 8 years ago -

yes Kel I'm sure you were....anyway...this was pointless. i should have known better than to rant here. hope everyone has a great halloween! the scarier the better! 

Kris --- 8 years ago -

Poor kid oh please get a grip... 

Rene --- 8 years ago -

In my opinion Holloween isnt only about kids and candy. Im 22 years old (and a parent) but i LOVE something that can scare the crap out of me! Would i ever take my child...of course not. but what i am saying is that so what if things are scary? everyone wants something different on holloween. not everyone wants to hand out candy to a bunch of children. remember ladies this is what our men are fighting for...freedom. we can do what we want on holloween and other holidays thanks to that. so i agree with Kris on this one, just dont take your kids to it. and as for me, i will go back to the house when my son is with my husband...come on see if you can scare me lol! 

KelJoY II --- 8 years ago -

Can I have the last 20 seconds back? 

Dimples --- 8 years ago -

anyway...this was pointless. I'm glad you see that now :) You know the sooner you let idiotic pet peeves go (like how people chose to decorate and celebrate halloween) the better you will be. Seriously, doesn't it seem silly to get worked up over something so stupid?? It all comes down to how a person/family chooses to celebrate (I feel like a broken record). For some it comes down to morals and simple common sense. I personally would never dream of scarying my children half to death for kicks. But whatever floats your boat :) 

Dimples --- 8 years ago -

but i LOVE something that can scare the crap out of me Oh, please don't get me wrong. I love horror movies and haunted houses (the one in SD is awesome!). But I don't choose to have that around my children. I have no idea why I keep responding to this crap Kris. What I choose for my family is my deal. 

Kris --- 8 years ago -

yes dimples I'm sure you're the epitomy of pureness and sanctimony. oh and did I mention perfect parenting?? you are right..it's about choices...WHICH IS WHY I WAS RANTING! i don't bash your choices don't bash mine..(not you personally...others i've heard this past week) What I choose for my family is my deal. You are so right dimples...but doesn't give you the right to choose for me or INSINUATE i'm less of a parent because my kids can handle a spook or two... I'm done you girls have a good night... 

KelJoY II --- 8 years ago -

others i've heard this past week Wasn't any of us then we've been in time out lol. 

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