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14 October 2009 @ 08:07 am
For a few years now, every Halloween my daughter has been asking if we can trick or treat. Every year, I say that it is an American holiday, that no-one here in Australia celebrates it.
This year, my daughter asked a new question - Can she have a Halloween party. I said yes. I should have seen it coming. Now she wants to go round the neighbourhood with her friends trick or treating...
Happily, etfb came to the rescue. He had an idea about notifying the neighbours beforehand, giving them balloons to put out if they want to participate. I'm buying balloons this week and walking round the neighbourhood.
I've always felt that knocking on doors when people don't want to play socailly awkward for all concerned, and the hit rate was never very high for those who do. This neatly removes the issue.
kingtheseuskingtheseus on October 13th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
That's a really clever idea.

Halloween is a lot of fun in the US.
Hobbeskitling on October 13th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Let us know how that works please. I would be quite interested to hear about the variety of reactions you get from your neighbours.

If the neighbours kids came knocking on our door, I'd probably struggle with the unprepared, because we don't tend to have lollies lying around the house. But if asked, I'd make an effort to play along.
deamondea on October 14th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
trick or treat
Somebody did that in our area a couple of years ago. Robbie and I were out so we didn't participate. They dropped notes and balloons in letterboxes. They were very organised. I know they did our street and Mum got one and she's 5-6 blocks up the side street from us.

I don't think it was that successful because it wasn't repeated.