I know what you mean, it's weird. I think Cleveland's is Sunday...but really, who the hell knows anymore?!?!
That's a really good idea about making the costume big enough to fit over the coat.
2004-10-29 08:13 pm (UTC)
I've a couple friends that live in small towns in the South (West Virginia and Alabama) and in both places, Halloween is "moved" so it doesn't fall on a weekend. Why? No idea. It IS the Bible-Belt, though, and I bet that has something to do with it.
In Southern Baptist churches, there are no Halloweens. There are only Fall Festivals.
I kind of laugh at it.
People are strange. The only reason we didn't trick-or-treat on the proper day was due to weather.
And the only weather that kept us inside was the deadly kind. Tornados and deadly hail and such. Snow? Rain? Wind? We'd take it all on.
A snow suit fairy is the most adorable thing I've heard today.
I dearly remember that, scouring the neighborhood for someone over 12 to accompany me and my pack of 8 year old hoodlums. Definately remember the coat fights. My brother was such a suck-up - he was a fighter pilot, so he was delighted, to wear his bomber jacket. He got his comeuppance when I found every single hiding place within 5 minutes and took all his almond joys. I remember fondly the hiding places too...hiding those reeses so well that come christmas, a few fell out of your stocking onto santa's feet.
I always made myself costumes that were warmer. Layers that could go under and such. Made sure jackets were NOT nessisary.
Though being in vancouver the umbrella tended to be a bit annoying. ^^;;
And how's this grab you? I saw an article in my local paper talking about one upper-class secction of San Jose, CA where they see hundreds of children every year. Why? Word got out that they give out the really good stuff, like full-sized bars of chocolate. Parents drive their kids out of their own neighborhoods and into that one. Part of the point of trick-or-treating is neighborhood contact, or so I thought.
I think it definately depends on the neighborhoods...where I live now is safe by itself, but it's close to a bike path that has been a venue for some really unpleasant activities. I don't blame parents for wanting to compress the experience, although I say if you're going to do it, at least go to an amusement park where they'll have hay rides and stuff.
The bit about doing it on different nights that gets me is that some kids get 'confused' about what they're supposed to do.
The incident that springs to mind happened when I lived in an area with a lot of kids that played outside in the street. I was walking back to my house and heard one child yell to another 'what've you been doing?' to which the questioned child replied 'I've been trick or treating again'.
I never quite believed kids who came around on nights before the actual date with some excuse, but this blatant admission was an eye-opener.
Ooh ooh..please do that! I imagine the beginnings of a revolutionary spirit in the baffled minds of 8 year old lemmings!
My home town started doing that when I was in high school -- the weekend before or during Halloween, they'd have "Safe Trick Or Treating" in the downtown square, sponsored by the police department, in the middle of the afternoon.
Then again, my mom made us stop trick-or-treating when I was in 5th grade, and dragged us to musical concerts at the local college instead, which was torture for a little kid on Halloween night!
6th grade was the last time my mom let me trick-or-treat. she said i was "too old." if i thought i could get away with it, hell, i'd STILL be going out! :)
i can understand a community saying that trick-or-treating must end by 9 p.m., especially since halloween is on a school night.
but yeah, the 2:30 in the afternoon variety on a thursday, a full three days before halloween is idiotic.
we don't get too many trick-or-treaters because we live on the third floor in an apartment complex right across from a townhouse complex. it's much easier to get candy when you don't have to climb stairs. they cart kids to our neighborhood by the vanfull. they line up to drop them off on one street and line up at the end to pick them up again.
I loved it when I was little and lived in an apartment complex though..it was like having a castle of servants ready to give you things, and for one night out of the year it wasn't in my imagination!
Most of the hullaballoo is that Hallowe'en falls on a Sunday. A lot of folks think that, Sunday being the Lord's day, and Hallowe'en being evil/demonic/Satan-glorifying/whatever, have made a huge fuss about the day. It's stupid, but there ya go. More candy for the kids, I guess.
In my opinion, anyone who says, as one memorable woman did, that Halloween is unsuitable for Sunday because it's the Devil's holiday and kids will get confused is insane. Look, either it's the Devil's holiday and you shouldn't be celebrating it at all, or it's just a party for kids and it can be whenever. Pick one and stick with it.
When I was a kid in Virginia, we had trick-or-treat like normal human beings. Then I moved to Ohio and they had that Beggar's Night shit going on. Now I live in Kentucky just a few miles from Ohio, and my boyfriend, who grew up here, says that they have normal trick-or-treat here too. I am forced to conclude that Ohio is just weird.
Ohio is just weird.
That is definitely true. [g]