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So tell me, do you celebrate Halloween? Do you still dress up? Do you get trick-or-treaters at your house? If you live outside the US, is Halloween celebrated differently - or at all?
I eagerly await trick-or-treaters at my house, sometimes I'm dressed up, but the last few years we haven't had any - none - zilch. I think they are all doing the safe thing and going to the malls. But I miss them!
I do like to do the costume thing and go to a party...but usually on the Friday or Saturday before so I can be home for trick-or-treaters.
A lot of the kids do go to trick-or-treat "events" now, in many places, rather than house to house. Back around the turn of the century, I was helping out at one of those events in the business district of Kernersville, NC (population 17,000-ish). What really made me sad was so few kids knew to say "trick-or-treat"! They'd just come up to us, silent, holding out a bag. I asked one little girl, "What's the magic words?" She looked confused, then said, "Please?"
Halloween has been my favorite holiday for a long, long time, though I don't do much about it now. However, all year long, my kitchen is done in black and orange, with Halloween accents :-)
Here's an essay I wrote about it years ago: http://www.neopagan.net/HalloweenandMe.html
Forgive the formatting; it was my late husband's website, still in its state-of-the-art-for-1999 stage.
We used to get truckloads of kids brought into town for the evening, but I guess they all go to the mall now.
Best jack-o-lantern ever was two fruits fused together at the forehead. We carved one side scary, the other side fearful.
I love it, and look forward to later in the night when the big kids - kind of embarrassed and sheepish - show up at my door for chocolate. They always know I'll feed them!