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Halloween
« on: October 27, 2013, 03:06:59 pm »
Next Thursday is Halloween here in the States. That is a time when all the kids dress up in costumes and go around to the neighbors who give them candy. Does Halloween exist in your country? What is it like?..................GG

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Re: Halloween
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2013, 05:16:19 pm »
Much the same except most kids don't make much of an effort these days  :(
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Re: Halloween
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2013, 04:55:46 am »
Nothing much here. Woolies sell a few funny-looking pumpkins and plastic witches' hats, but nobody takes much notice. Occasionally you hear of one of the nightclubs putting on a sort of witches and wizards night with people dressing up as ghouls and goblins and so on. But generally, the kids are not involved. I have never seen anyone doing the 'trick or treat' thing. Maybe it happens in the city, I don't know. Definitely a low profile event here.

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Re: Halloween
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2013, 07:39:21 am »
It's a bit like Coca Cola and MacDonads -you just can't escape it. It comes here all commercialised. You can buy Halloween-everything, costumes, decoration, food - even down to fruit gum. It doesen't fit in our culture but as it's an additional "season" the shops love and promote it and since they get extra presents and sweets the kids love it, too. Everybody else seems to think it's a pain in the a... You don't get any songs or poems or self-made costumes, they just ring the bell and hold up their bag for you to fill. And I constantly forget to buy some give-aways in advance because when I was young it just didn't exist here.
« Last Edit: October 28, 2013, 07:42:54 am by Britta »
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Re: Halloween
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2013, 10:29:59 am »
It used to be much less commercialized here (like all the other holidays), but there's money to be made!  So, for weeks now, there have been aisles of candy and other treats, costumes and decorations for sale.  I just heard on the news that Halloween is now second only to Christmas in sales nationally, topping $7 million!  In Oklahoma City, for a number of years, we have had a parade in the downtown area (city centre): http://www.okgazetteparade.com/ghouls/home.html
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