Halloween is here and it's a school night. The little D and his close friend OOF are doing the T&T thing together. Living in Park Slope, it's great to be able to actually walk about and ring doorbells. Kids and parents are out in force, and hundreds if not more gravitate to the Seventh Avenue Parade, always a treat. Maybe this year D will stay for it, he's usually tired out from the candy-collection ordeal. [david childs-Press Assoc]
Lest you think I'm always bashing these United States of America, these pleasantries fresh from the European Union:
The Brits (wow, am I fixated on the British this week!) are grumping away as usual - herewith the best from the curmudgeons (emphasis added):
- Trick or Treat? For Many Britons, the Reply Is Neither
“All they want is sweets,” said Ms. Boyd, a 57-year-old writer, sounding genuinely surprised. “They’re not scaring you, or singing to you, or charming you — they’re just grabbing it and going to the next house and then going home to be sick.”
“Trick or treat? I don’t know about you, but my answer to this question, if I’m honest, would be unprintable in a family newspaper,” the critic A. N. Wilson wrote recently in The Daily Mail. “Let’s say it’s stronger than ‘push off.’ Yet the little beggars will soon be round, banging and ringing at our doors with this irritating refrain.”
Mr. Wilson blamed “the kitsch hotchpotch known as American Gothic.”
Hugh O’Donnell, a professor of language and popular culture at Glasgow Caledonian University, said in an interview that “the main complaint is that it’s just fun without any meaning behind it.”
“It’s no longer got any relationship to anything — not the old Celtic idea of the living and the dead, or the Christian tradition of Allhallows Eve,” said Mr. O’Donnell.
“I’ve thought about removing the cover from my doorbell so they electrocute themselves,” one participant wrote.
Ok, we banned the French Fry (remember that jingoistic move after the French didn't kowtow to us on the Iraq invasion?) Well, the French say Non! to Trick or Treat:
- French Press Declares Halloween Dead
Halloween, ancient Celtic festival or U.S. marketing gimmick according to your point of view, is dying in France after a short-lived breakthrough, French media reported on Tuesday.
"Halloween pretty much buried," the daily Le Monde reported, quoting Benoit Pousset, head of costume company Cesar, who attributed the festival's demise in France to "a cultural reaction linked to the rise of anti-Americanism."
Germans ape the movies?
- Germans lay claim to 'invention' of Halloween
Be that as it may, law-enforcement authorities in Germany are alarmed at a dramatic increase in vandalism and lawless carousing on October 31 by young Germans who are attempting to re-enact scenes from Hollywood movies depicting trick-or-treat antics.