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Knock Knock - Trick or Treat! What do you do?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by noizeuk, Oct 28, 2019.

  1. Rainmaker

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    Location: Liverpool

    It's "mizzy night" here in Liverpool tonight. Luckily we're in a decentish area, but I pity the folk in some parts where it rather resembles the Purge.
     
  2. RoyMi6

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    In Scotland we get "Guisers" that go "Guising" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trick-or-treating#Guising

    The "trick" is the party piece they have to do - usually tell a joke or sing a song.

    Even the slightly older kids (under 16 still) will do it. I always found it a little bit of fun as a kid and enjoy it now as adult, looking forward to getting a new set of dad jokes to try out on the nephews and nieces :D
     
  3. String

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    @RoyMi6

    "Want to hear a dirty joke, mister"

    "Go on then"

    "Jock the coal man"

    "Aye, here's your aipple Son"

    :p
     
  4. weathmatth

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    Joined: Mar 29, 2019

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    Location: Milton Keynes

    We always tend to buy some sweets just in case, as we tend to get a few kids knocking on the door. Although the number does seem to be declining from year to year.
     
  5. Yadda

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    ^ same here. Always keep a bowl of sweets & chocolates by the door for the trick-or-treaters.
     
  6. ttaskmaster

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    Switch your sarcasm detector to passive mode...
    Besides, I always felt the Dickensian side was more dystopian, myself. Most places I lived, you only went carolling if you could sing and were into charity work. Everyone else would call such practices gay, and get on with going round nicking cars!

    It were a thing in Wolver'ampton when my dad were a lad, Norfolk when my grandfather was a boy, Yorkshire in the days before my dad in law went off to university, and definitely London/home countries when I was a kid....
    Only difference nowadays is the level of commercialism and the selling of much more tat, but everything else has gone that way too. It's not exclusive to either Halloween or America.
     
  7. RxR

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    Joined: Aug 16, 2019

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    We generally give the kids some small amount of coins ($3.50 aud) and a little bag of a mix of candies and a small chocolate bar each. Typically we make up 20 to be on the safe side but only end up having to give about a dozen.
     
  8. nath247

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    I'll be giving them some of my japanese hojicha flavoured kit kats. Oh how they will be fooled into thinking they're getting ordinary kit kats and then go to eat them and they're tea flavoured!
     
  9. Angilion

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    Yeah, no different at all. It's well known that charity is all a con and in fact all the money goes to the people with the boxes and of course all charity workers threaten harm to you if you don't pay them. So it's no different at all!

    Yes, I am aware that the threats are usually empty and it's usually just play extortion. That doesn't make it a good framework for begging.
     
  10. ttaskmaster

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    It could be argued that charities imply harm, by way of all the bad things that will happen if you don't give 'just £2/3/5 a month', which they suggest will be on your head.
    But again, tweak your sarcasm detector...

    But it does give the children a firm start in practices that will later benefit them if they get into the banking, insurance, or parking fine industries... to name but a few!
     
  11. morbid42

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    I dont celebrate halloween as Pope Gregory IV changed the date in 837 for no plausible reason.
     
  12. wiiija

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    Nobody trick or treats round here anymore, not had one in years and years
     
  13. Dis86

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    Just pulled on the drive from work to find a woman and 2 kids standing next to my door. Driveway empty. No lights on. Blinds open. Clearly nobody in.
     
  14. XeNoN89

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    Luckily my flat is at the back so I don't have a front door on the street. No trick or treaters for me !
     
  15. Spacedeck

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    Damn these kids tonight are annoying. Some just bang as loud as they can, some bang multiple times before moving on... I'll be happy when tonight ends.

    On the rare occasion we did do this as kids, we only ever visited people we know and not every neighbour on the street.
     
  16. bigmike20vt

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    We have some sweets . Kids who come here are normally under 10 with parents I am ok with them. When I was at uni living in rough part of Manchester having teens knocking was a bit more nervy. My house mate was a maniac and when one scally threatened a trick he pulled a carving knife out on him.
    My car got egged and flourbombed once for not opening the door

    Worst thing was we had all the sweets but we're watching a movie and didn't hear the door
     
  17. Holst1981

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    Open the door

    Its a young lady who wants to sell me veg boxes.

    I gave her a kitkat and sent her on her way.
     
  18. Werewolf

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    We're up to 37 (usually in pairs, 3 groups of 5+) and I'm at the end of the ready bags, and nearly at the end of some of the "just in case" components for the bags:)
    If we get more than another couple I'm going to just hold out the really useful box and say take a handful:)

    It's quite nice seeing the kids all dressed up, and I didn't recognise my neighbours kid at first as she was in a great witch outfit (I think it's the first year she's been old enough to do it properly), and the oldest might have been 10 or 12 at a guess.

    My niece was around for a while earlier (she's in primary school), and had fun watching the front camera and handing out some of the sweets.

    I'll take the lights down and bring the cauldron and skeleton inside in about 20-30 minutes (we've only had one kid in the last 30 minutes).
     
  19. Kenai

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    We've had a nice mix of the usual kids in costumes escorted by parents and a group of about 30 teenagers from God only knows where (don't tend to see many locally) being chased by the police pushing bins into the road.
     
  20. Werewolf

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    LOL :D