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Thread Starter 
This stems from the radio question thread for today. What is the way Halloween is celebrated in other countries besides the US?
post #2 of 22
We go trick or treating, have halloween parties - the usual stuff! Some people decorate their houses, carve pumpkins etc!
post #3 of 22
Since Indiana is not in the United States ( according to Susie), .... We also celebrate by carving pumpkins and going trick-or-treating.
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by captiva
Since Indiana is not in the United States ( according to Susie), .... We also celebrate by carving pumpkins and going trick-or-treating.
She is NEVER going to live that down!
post #5 of 22
Nope! Never going to let that one die !
post #6 of 22
Halloween appears to be an "Anglo-Saxon" tradition (but let's not forget Mexico and its All Souls'/All Saints' Day traditions). However, it has really caught on in Germany over the past decade or so, primarily because retailers exploit it. Thanksgiving Day in its American form is obviously not celebrated here, so retailers seemed to be on the lookout for something to fill the gap between May Day and Christmas. Formerly, chocolate Easter Bunnies were soon replaced by chocolate Santas on the shelves. Halloween fit the bill. Halloween parties, with people in costumes, are all the rage, but trick or treating is limited. I live in a very small town (population 9,500+), and many people in the neighborhood are aware that I'm an American, so I get some little visitors on Halloween who are just thrilled to show off their costumes and get some candy. Picture a grinning 5-year-old whose only English words are, "Hi! Trick or treat"! One custom that has really caught on here is making jack o' lanterns.
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Originally Posted by captiva
Since Indiana is not in the United States ( according to Susie), .... We also celebrate by carving pumpkins and going trick-or-treating.

post #8 of 22
That is really interesting because so many Halloween toys / lanters and postcards in the early 1900s were from Germany. I guess I always thought the Germans always celebrated Halloween
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by jcat
Picture a grinning 5-year-old whose only English words are, "Hi! Trick or treat"! One custom that has really caught on here is making jack o' lanterns.
Aw! That sounds like it would be adorable.
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by captiva
Since Indiana is not in the United States ( according to Susie), .... We also celebrate by carving pumpkins and going trick-or-treating.

post #11 of 22
Here in Canada we do all the same traditional stuff. Getting dressed up, decorating our houses (I go overboard), carving pumpkins...all that good stuff. Although up here the kids costumes have to be made big enough for their snowsuits and boots to fit underneath
post #12 of 22
Tracy,

You could probably pass out popsicles as treats and they wouldn't melt !
post #13 of 22
every year the jewish school infront of my house would line up their kids in costumes and walk through the main streets with lit pumpkins and lights, (i just found out recently they were a jewish american school.
This year after moving into a little town i am wondering if there will be any kiddies dressing up and ringing my door bell for chocolate.

I will buy some to put away..
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by captiva
Tracy,

You could probably pass out popsicles as treats and they wouldn't melt !

Good idea
post #15 of 22
Did someone move Indiana when I wasnt looking? What is keeping Ohio and Illinois seperated now? Or did Michigan invade Indiana? Oh I know what happened Canada launched an amphibious assualt down Lake Michigan and they conquered Indiana. Why though???
post #16 of 22
I'm Hungarian and we did not have halloween there. When I was young we lived in Sweden and I don't remember anything about it.(but I was young, so maybe i remember wrong) But in Hungary definately no halloween. I saw it in movies though and always thought it was neat. Then when we came to Canada I got to see it Too old to trick or treat, but hand out candy to children every year...
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by BigKittenDaddy
Did someone move Indiana when I wasnt looking? What is keeping Ohio and Illinois seperated now? Or did Michigan invade Indiana? Oh I know what happened Canada launched an amphibious assualt down Lake Michigan and they conquered Indiana. Why though???
Hee hee! Susie started a poll of asking what states in the US were represented. She neglected to include Indiana. The Hoosiers on the forum will probably never let her forget it!
post #18 of 22
early on in the evening we have small kids all dressed up (with parents) coming to our place for small treats,which i dont mind doing,but what i dont like is gangs of teenagers asking for treats and if u had run out they bombard the house with eggs and flour and other nastys but with the bigger kids its more intimadation than fun
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by BigKittenDaddy
Did someone move Indiana when I wasnt looking? What is keeping Ohio and Illinois seperated now? Or did Michigan invade Indiana? Oh I know what happened Canada launched an amphibious assualt down Lake Michigan and they conquered Indiana. Why though???
Howard - here is the thread

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...ght=state+live
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
If memory serves me right, , I think I DID include Indiana on the original poll, but I think either Jan or Chris took it off to make me look bad!
post #21 of 22
Lies! All lies!!! Don't you believe her, Howard!


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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
If memory serves me right, , I think I DID include Indiana on the original poll, but I think either Jan or Chris took it off to make me look bad!
post #22 of 22
Note that Indiana is last! It's there only through the help of one of the mods.
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