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salsa_dancer
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Had a halloween party last Friday (I know it was a little early!)

This was my costume.

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In the West of Scotland, in the late sixties/early seventies, it was customary for us to dress up for Halloween and "go round the houses" either singing a song, reciting poetry or doing a mock up fight scene (think 007 Sean Connery!!!).
We were then rewarded with much applause and copius amounts of peanuts, toffee apples, oranges etc.
Unfortunately, times have changed and it is no longer safe for children to go around themselves, so, parents have to escort their children from house to house.

This year though, my wife Tricia and I have been invited to an adult/child Halloween party organised by our friends Stuart and Sally. The theme is Hollywood and fancy dress is mandatory. Tricia is going as Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman" (but the catch is that it's Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman after she's had 2 x children!!! - a wee bit fatter dare I say). I'm going as Indiana Jones, but, at around 9:00pm,(by special request) I will change into "The Reverend S. Ulysses Wainwright" (my own performing character) and take the guests at the party on a journey of mystery, imagination and suspense into the Darkside.

Our own children (Marc and Laura) unfortunately won't be there since, even at 18 yrs old, it's not considered cool to be with mum and dad. Especially when they are in fancy dress and dancing to seventies music.
Should be a great time though!

Best regards,
Stephen
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During the last years Halloween has become very popular in Germany too. In fact, it has become so popular that one of our larger political institutions, the CSU, is trying to forbid Helloween partys. Some of you might know that germany has more religious holidays than most of the world. There is a church holiday called *Allerheiligen* at the 1st of November, and the CSU (the C stands for Christian) claims that something like Halloween would disturb the peace of the holiday.
The CSU is located in Bavaria, which you could call the Bible Belt of Germany.

Which brings me to a question. How do the churches and religious organisations in your country react on Halloween ?

Alex
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The churches here have rather interesting reactions. Some of the more liberal churches have Halloween parties. Some of the more conservative ones protest the posting of pictures of witches and devils at schools on the grounds that it is anti-Christian.

In Mexico, there is a celebration on November 1 called "El Dia de los Muertos," the Day of the Dead. so Mexican-American children can sort of "double dip."

The meaning of the Day of the Dead is not quite the same as All Saints' Day.

But most sane people generally don't let people like Jerry Falwell tell them not to let their kids pull sheets over their heads and run around as ghosts.
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I did but that's just because I work with the general public and mainly children.

Gareth.
*is tihs migac or am i sineg aonhter wlord in wihch i nveer lvied UNTILL NOW*
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