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Witzend Fri 01-Nov-19 11:25:25

Not quite as many trick or treaters round as usual last night - so dh and I will have to nobly brace ourselves for scoffing the leftover mini Twix bars, chocolate buttons and mini packs of Smarties! (Might just save one or two of those for Gdcs though)
Shall later make my little pumpkin into Thai- style soup. Somewhere in the freezer I have some coconut milk, if I can find it...

Jane10 Sun 03-Nov-19 11:19:19

We don't have 'trick or treating' just guisers. They have to do a performance, usually a little song or poem, or sometimes a joke. It's up to the householders whether or not it's been good enough to be rewarded with some form of goody.
Halloween decorations as bought in shops is just commercialisation and we don't fall for that.
It's noticeable that these days guisers are often accompanied by parents hiding discreetly. Perfectly understandable.
The number of guisers seems to wax and wane as they grow up and new ones become old enough to do it.

Marilla Sun 03-Nov-19 12:01:31

In Scotland it was called going out on Goloshens and you had to recite a poem, sing a song or tell a joke to earn a sweetie.
Now we live in England, our first Halloween visitors looked horrified when I asked them what they were going to ‘do’.

In local villages here, it seems customary to decorate your house or light a pumpkin to let the children know they are welcome to come to the door. It seems to work well.

Jane10 Sun 03-Nov-19 16:19:45

Erm Marilla- we live in Scotland! 'Goloshans' must be a regional variation. Were you maybe in Fife or Highland? At least it wasn't Americanised trick or treating!!

mrswoo Sun 03-Nov-19 16:47:56

Jane10 Goloshans is a Halloween festival in Inverclyde. I think it’s mainly Greenock based

Greyduster Sun 03-Nov-19 17:20:34

Very sparse callers this year. We had two lots of three. They helped themselves very politely, and then one little one changed his mind, stating “Erm, I don’t really like these ones!” so he was allowed to dip again! The remainder of the Skittles, mini Mars Bars and Milky Ways were taken to junior football this morning and offered to the players.

Namsnanny Mon 04-Nov-19 16:45:15

We put up outside Christmas lights early, then switch them in for Halloween so children know they will be welcomed. Then off again until December.
Also out a pumpkin near the gate with a caldron filled with sweets. They don’t knock thengrin.
Fill it up periodically.
All works out ok.
I know it’s all a bit commercial but little uns love being out in the dark!!

M0nica Mon 04-Nov-19 17:03:15

The rule round here - and where DGC live 200 miles away is,that if you are prepared to take part in the trick or treating, you have a pumpkin, real or imitation, with a lit candle in it.

This year I dispensed the treats at the front door while DGC and parent were out tricking or treating. There were a fair number of them, but it was all over by 7.30.

SirChenjin Mon 04-Nov-19 17:40:56

Guisers round here too - and lots of them! I think that will have been DC3's last year which is quite sad to think, but there are plenty of young children in the area so we'll have a few more years of fun and games yet smile

On the plus side, the streets no longer smell of burnt turnip as they did when we were young and DH and I don't have to carve a lantern using a hammer and chisel and our parents did!