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01 November 2014 @ 09:41 pm
I am such a cow sometimes.  
Halloween was never a tradition here, and it's only been in the last ten years or so that the retailers have pushed the idea, so that we now get the occasional roaming band of dressed-up kids coming to the door. Last night I locked the gate at the top of my front stairs, so no-one could make it to my front door, feeling mean and Scrooge-like but also lacking any kind of food that those tiny predators would consider acceptable.

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Nothing like a bit of shaming, I thought. By cats.
 
 
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byslantedlight: BD AllHallowsEve (empty_mirrors)byslantedlight on November 1st, 2014 12:20 pm (UTC)
The same thing seems to be happening over here (or at least it was back in Cambs.). Even in a village we'd sometimes get one or two sets of parents-with-children - and last year when I was chatting about it with Landlady she said that kids knew only to go to houses that were decorated (which I'd never heard before), so it looks like there are even social rules arising now! Meanwhile, I have no idea what's done with all the costumes the supermarkets put out for sale these days...

I really liked Halloween when I was in the States for it, and I suppose that was partly because it had been going so long as a big thing that various norms and expectations had grown up around it. I don't think I can really imagine it getting as big over here, though...
miwahni: Pros Never far awaymiwahni on November 2nd, 2014 09:19 am (UTC)
I haven't seen a single house decorated for it here, it's just never been much of a thing until recently.

I guess in the states it would be a big deal because it is as traditional as Easter or Thanksgiving.
byslantedlight: BD AllHallowsEve (empty_mirrors)byslantedlight on November 2nd, 2014 12:02 pm (UTC)
Well, when Landlady said "decorated", she only meant that people had a lighted pumpkin lantern outside, actually, because that was all she ever did. Not quite the way they do it in the US! *g*
miwahnimiwahni on November 3rd, 2014 10:46 am (UTC)
Typically understated British *g*.