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Initial post: Oct 11, 2013 9:11:30 PM PDT
TerryInTexas says:
Welcome back to the Kindle chat room, come on in and make yourselves comfortable - remember, if the room seems empty, go back here, the party hasn't switched over yet....

All the Halloween talk about trick or treating made me curious, so I finally looked up where it came from, and this is what I found....
Trick-or-Treating hasn't always been a part of Halloween celebrations. In fact, Halloween has only been celebrated in the US for a relatively short time. Celebrating All Hallow's Eve was a practice that came over to the US with the first large wave of immigrants who came from Ireland, England and Scotland. In some parts of these countries it was common for kids to go out "guising" on All Hallow's Eve to beg for food, money or other items. People who refused to give anything would sometimes find chalk drawings on their doors the next morning or find they were the victims of other pranks. When immigrants came to the US they brought their traditions with them and on all All Hallow's Eve each year in some immigrant communities it would be common to see small children, usually boys, with makeup or soot on their faces or wearing crude masks made from bags going around begging at different houses.

At the beginning of the 20th century "guising" was still not very popular and most people didn't really know what Halloween was. But by the early 1920s the young trendsetters were beginning to throw lavish Halloween parties and there was renewed interest in "guising". Stores started selling pre-made costumes that people could wear to disguise themselves and indulge in a little good natured Halloween fun. During WWII Halloween celebrations were toned down due to sugar rationing and the generally somber mood of the nation. By the time the war was over and people started the mad exodus to build homes in the suburbs the celebration of Halloween had gotten popular. The 50s and 60s were the decades when Trick-or-Treating became the important Halloween ritual they are today. Trick-or-Treating became the focus of Halloween celebrations because going Trick-or-Treating was seen as a wholesome activity for the whole family. Trick-or-Treating also became popular in the 50s and 60s because that was when living in subdivisions and newly built suburban neighborhoods became popular.

Trick-or-Treating remained popular through the 70s and 80s but by the 90s the practice of Trick-or-Treating began to change. Many different factors like the rise of people living in apartment buildings instead of free standing houses in suburban neighborhoods and the rise in non-traditional households contributed to the major changes that shaped Trick-or-Treating at the end of the 90s. In order to accommodate parents with busy schedules and in an effort to make Trick-or-Treating safer for kids it was moved largely indoors. Malls began to open for specific Trick-or-Treating events where kids in costume could go to different stores to receive candy and coupons. These structured Halloween events also usually feature games, activities, and clowns and other performers to make the event even more special. Many neighborhoods have also designated special Trick-or-Treat hours to prevent a lot of Halloween mischief and help protect the safety of Trick-or-Treaters.

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Posted on Oct 11, 2013 9:15:34 PM PDT
TerryInTexas says:
Now, the talk about trick or treating got me thinking about Halloween costumes. I don't do parties any more, but back in the day, couldn't wait to see everyone's creativity, and for the last 14 years, of course, I had to dress my Pommie for the neighborhood culdesac candy give-away (much safer together in one place than at our homes). So, what was your favorite Halloween costume your kids wore, or you wore, or you saw on someone else? And what was the most desired candy in your Halloween bag, and least desired? To get you started, (and because Bailey bugged me about all the cat stuff yesterday), here is a link to best costumes....I wanted SloPokes and hated getting.....apples.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 9:21:30 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 11, 2013 9:44:48 PM PDT
Hi Terry, Thanks for starting us off today..
Do you get the weekend off?

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 9:59:07 PM PDT
Terry, great start.
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Posted on Oct 11, 2013 10:00:45 PM PDT
LKS says:
Hey,TnT~Thanks for the start. Sorry, about your accident. I hope it is healing nicely and the pain is subsiding. I'll have to answer the "saturday question" in the morning.

Good night to all!


Posted on Oct 11, 2013 10:08:17 PM PDT
Thanks for getting us started today Terry.

I often used to dress as Dracula with the fangs and makeup. I loved it. I think the best costume we helped to make was for Nicholas when he was a junior in high school. The kids were allowed to wear their costumes at lunchtime. Nicholas went as PacMan. It was a huge hit.

I always used to sort my candy out by dumping the bag out on my bedroom floor. My faves on one side and the things I didn't like on the other side. Butterfingers, Mounds, Clark Bars were among my favorites. I taught my boys to do something similar except there was a pile for the things I liked and they were willing to part with. LOL Kids these days seem to prefer things like Skittles and Starburst as opposed to chocolate. That always worked in my favor. ;)

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 11:15:34 PM PDT
I just checked my e-mail and I see that Helga has been giving out Halloween treats....
I don't recall saying Trick or Treat.. The gift of a Dresden book from Jim Butcher was
very sweet, just like Halloween candy.. Thank-you, Whoever you are..

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2013 11:19:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 11, 2013 11:19:55 PM PDT
Ooooo, you must have been a very good girl to get an early treat Sandy. ❤

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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2013 11:47:22 PM PDT
I am sooo tired tonight. My brain starts to feel like mush at this point on Fridays.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 11:51:07 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2013 11:52:12 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
Hi TerryInTexas (what no Halloween name for you ??)

Thank you for the very informative start about how All Hallow's Eve evolved into Halloween and "guising" to Trick-or-Treating - and here was I thinking that it was an American thing - shame on me :-(

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2013 11:52:46 PM PDT
Susan says:
Thanks for the coffee, Wendy.
I have actually not made a cup yet, thinking that would be a bad idea :)

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 11:53:57 PM PDT
Kathleen says:
😥 We don't really do much trick or treating in Australia. The costumes seem to have gotten big in the last few yrs, but there will always be a hard core group who refuses to give out free lollies, or adopt such an American ideal...
One thing that I've noticed, in tv shows and cartoons, is a lot of ppl/characters ragging on 'candy corn'. One time I saw some in a specialty lolly shop, around $5 for 200gms (very expensive) so I got some to try and OMG!!! CANDY CORN IS AWESOME!! I dot get the disdain for it!! Alas, as it is an imported item it's it far far too expensive (which is probably a good idea for me ;) ) for me to get regularly.
Last time I did buy some I was stayin at my mothers house, who is fiercely australian and pooh-poohs Halloween stuff, and likes to think she's lil miss healthy and looks so far down her nose at lollies, I could swear she goes cross-eyed- SO I opened my lil pack of candy corn, offered her some, she reacted as if it was rat poison and sneered. And tht was that.
Until a few hours later when I went looking for the rest of te candy corn and found only an empty packet. Mum defiantly stated she only tried one and 'they must have all been stuck together' and it's ok because I offered her some in the first place. Hehehehe so there is another convert to candy corn out there.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 11:54:33 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
. HAPPY BIRTHDAY oldreader

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2013 11:55:32 PM PDT
If you want to go back to bed then you would be right, but a virtual cup won't hurt a bit Susan. I hope you can go back soon and get back to sleep. ❤

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 11:57:15 PM PDT
red, Susan, Kathleen ..... Do you have any special plans for today? Think about that while I go over to open Links and I'll be back. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2013 11:59:54 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Susan
You must be v-e-r-y tired since you couldn't remember if you had posted during Friday - after effects of prolonged stress - I am sorry about that (we did miss you you know) I hope that you will have a relaxing Saturday and be able to re-charge your batteries so that you can enjoy the big sit - or maybe the sleeplessness is due to excitement of the possibility of winning the prize for seeing the special bird.
Take care and just BREATHE

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 12:05:46 AM PDT
Susan says:
No big plans today, to be honest, I was a little under the weather yesterday.
today - normal Saturday errands :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2013 12:07:26 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Morning Sandy
Aren't you the lucky girl today -let us know if you are able to find out who gifted the book to you - you seem to frequent many threads and facebook too, so your grey cells will have to work overtime working it out :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2013 12:08:41 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Elizabeth
Another awesome video found by you and enjoyed by me.
I thought you had gone to bed to sleep ?*!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2013 12:10:34 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Look forward to seeing your reply to the Sat question when you wake up - Sleep well.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2013 12:10:48 AM PDT
Kathleen says:
Hello LoB- it's 6pm Saturday night here. SO!!! I'll be planning eats for husband and I. Mine is easy, celery sticks, carrot sticks and some cheese... Nice and tasty and can't feed me for less than $8 a week. Husband on the other hand, I try and make sure he has plenty of protein and veggies...

On the other hand, when he first got sick, to just make things easier, I shaved my head. I had wanted to do it for years but kept having ppl tellin exactly why I wasn't allowed to. Husband didn't like it but admitted that it made me really happy. SO now it's grown past shoulder length, summer is hitting hard, around 39 degrees C yesterday, so I'm working on getting husband to say he doesn't mind if I shave it again. 😃

(He's against it. And he says it would be harder for me to get a job if I do.....:( )

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2013 12:12:01 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Kathleen
Loved your post .....but I don't even know what Candy Corn is :-(
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