Saturday, October 14, 2006

Trick or Treat - Jumping the Gun ?

Is it just Whitehaven, or have children througout the country started making "trick or treat" calls ridiculously early ?

It is still more than two weeks to Halloween. Yet we have just had our fourth knock on the door from children saying "trick or treat."

Personally I rather regret that the traditional British "Penny for the Guy" request from children at this time of year has been driven out by the American "Trick or Treat" import, but it's a waste of time for adults to try impose our tastes on children. However, one thing we really ought to stand up against is allowing traditions which are acceptable on one night in the year to extend until they become a thorough nuisance over a period of weeks.

I would be very interested to hear from anyone reading this from other parts of the country whether this plague of premature "trick or treaters" is a wider phenomenen or limited to Whitehaven.

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