Thursday, November 4, 2010

Trick Or Treat dilemma


The number of trick-or-treaters is definately on the up in Brisbane. I think it's great fun and the kids have a ball dressing up, visiting houses they know and coming away with stacks of goodies. It's all good clean fun. But if I may be a bit bah-humbug here for a minute... where are the tricks? These kids just wander around getting treats for nothing and they don't know any different. What's the point? Growing up in London, I didn't have a huge experience with trick or treat but I do remember that on your rounds you were supposed to be armed with half a dozen eggs and a roll of toilet paper. "Trick or Treat" is supposed to be a threat, isn't it?

Being a responsible parent, I am somewhat torn here.

8 comments:

J Bar said...

I'm with you on this one. This is not an Australian tradition so Aussies don't know how it works. Luckily I don't see any 'trick or tretaers' in my neighbourhood. I'm sure I will, in the not too distant future.

Annie said...

am sure the adult aussies will be happy when if you leave them in the dark Cara. ;-)

bitingmidge said...

Does my hugely echoed recording of an attacking pack of wolves in the garage count?

Golly the driveway takes some cleaning up the next day.

(It's ok, I AM joking, but I have to say I've thought about it.) ;-)

cara said...

Bravo! If you can't scare the bejaysus out of kids on Halloween, when can you? Make them earn their lollipops.

Also it makes for excellent story-telling at school.

Ann said...

I won't be handing out any lollies any time soon. Not our tradition and I don't see why we should adopt it. Its bad enough feeling obliged to buy chocolates from every kid who turns up with one of those school charity boxes, it not the money, its that I then feel obliged to eat them.

Ann said...

PS. I understand the eggs but what on earth was the toilet paper for.

cara said...

If they don't give you anything nice to eat you decorate their garden in toilet paper. Not that I've ever done anything like that, you understand. I saw it on TV.

Mrs Santa said...

Hard one but I don't think "not our tradition" is at all relevant - we ozzies have imported most of our traditions - and for those who like to feel it's following just one more yank idea, it's actually celtic! Does that make a difference? Why?

Anyway, unless I'm very wrong, it's the dressing up and togetherness in the scary dark which is much more fun than the goodies!

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