1. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    It was the same for me when I was younger. Few people had decorations like they do now. There was one that had a haunted house every year and the usual pumpkins / skeletons but that's it. Nothing like the craziness now. I think people like doing the decorations like they do for Xmas because it makes it more a celebration.

    I used to think the same about Halloween as well. It's still low key here but I think it's gaining interest like it was in Australia. I think they're trying to start the tradition and hope it carries on with the next generation.

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    The thing that surprised me is that although horror novels really originated in England, Ireland, and Scotland (Shelley's Frankenstein, Stoker's Dracula, and Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde), Halloween has not become popular in the UK. All of those novels were adapted to film many times. Watching scary movies has become a Halloween tradition in the US, and I would've guessed that the holiday would've become popular in the UK, due to those novels (and the film adaptations).
    10-22-2015 01:27 AM
  2. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    The thing that surprised me is that although horror novels really originated in England, Ireland, and Scotland (Shelley's Frankenstein, Stoker's Dracula, and Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde), Halloween has not become popular in the UK. All of those novels were adapted to film many times. Watching scary movies has become a Halloween tradition in the US, and I would've guessed that the holiday would've become popular in the UK, due to those novels (and the film adaptations).
    The 'Americanized' version of Halloween was not popular here until recent and is apparently growing but the tradition of 'All Hallows Eve' or 'All Saints Day' was. From what I read Halloween appears to have started in Ireland and Scotland with possible pagan roots in the Celtic traditions which carried over into the Christian but it remained more a ceremony rather than the party that it is in the US. There are a lot of pagan rituals that continue here in the UK I'm guessing Halloween was just one of those.

    To a lot of people around my age and a touch younger, Halloween is still a bit of a foreign idea here in the UK, though these things start to catch on thanks to popularity, news, media, social media and bringing in a 'traditional' vibe to it.

    Any reason to dress up, act silly, get drunk and spend lots of money on meaningless stuff I suppose...
    10-22-2015 02:19 AM
  3. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    The 'Americanized' version of Halloween was not popular here until recent and is apparently growing but the tradition of 'All Hallows Eve' or 'All Saints Day' was. From what I read Halloween appears to have started in Ireland and Scotland with possible pagan roots in the Celtic traditions which carried over into the Christian but it remained more a ceremony rather than the party that it is in the US. There are a lot of pagan rituals that continue here in the UK I'm guessing Halloween was just one of those.

    To a lot of people around my age and a touch younger, Halloween is still a bit of a foreign idea here in the UK, though these things start to catch on thanks to popularity, news, media, social media and bringing in a 'traditional' vibe to it.

    Any reason to dress up, act silly, get drunk and spend lots of money on meaningless stuff I suppose...
    Funnily enough, FFXIV is doing something for "All Saints Wake" so I wonder which Halloween version it's pandering to. The American version or the Irish/Scottish pagan version.
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    10-22-2015 03:26 AM
  4. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Funnily enough, FFXIV is doing something for "All Saints Wake" so I wonder which Halloween version it's pandering to. The American version or the Irish/Scottish pagan version.
    Well the Americanized version is the dressing up bit coupled with horror stories and spookiness. The Irish/Scottish still had the trick or treating, pumpkins and dressing up (not as a banana mind you) and some sense of ceremony. Expelling evil spirits kind of thing. The Christian tradition turned it more into a church service with candles and so on. So the Americanized version has more in common with the Celtic but it's different in many other ways.

    It appears the FFXIV thing is more American than the old Celtic though.
    10-22-2015 06:05 AM
  5. a5cent's Avatar
    ^ learning something today.

    No Celtic or americanized halloween in my neck of the woods, so interesting to hear. The morbid decorations and overly gory dressing up totally turns me off though.

    I'd be a lot more sympathetic if it was restricted only to sexy nurse costumes and getting drunk.
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    10-22-2015 06:45 AM
  6. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Morning folks.

    I got the non toxic tattoos for the kids next week!!! I'm pissed because they only had the Halloween style ones as single tattoos, instead of a strip of 4...

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    10-22-2015 07:18 AM
  7. worldspy99's Avatar
    Good morning everyone. Going to drive to Wisconsin in a few minutes.

    I'll have to get some Halloween stuff this weekend as the kid has been pestering me about it for a bit now.
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    10-22-2015 07:24 AM
  8. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Good morning everyone. Going to drive to Wisconsin in a few minutes.

    I'll have to get some Halloween stuff this weekend as the kid has been pestering me about it for a bit now.
    Let us know what the kid'll dress up as for Halloween...

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    10-22-2015 08:30 AM
  9. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    ^ learning something today.

    No Celtic or americanized halloween in my neck of the woods, so interesting to hear. The morbid decorations and overly gory dressing up totally turns me off though.

    I'd be a lot more sympathetic if it was restricted only to sexy nurse costumes and getting drunk.
    The only thing I can think of that may bring the idea of skeletons and death into the Halloween thing is probably the Day of the Dead as celebrated in Mexico City. There may be other things in that.

    As humans we've always had issues dealing with death. There's always been a mixture of praise and fear of past ancestors in our cultures. In the US and Canada, in some places, death is a big taboo subject. There's almost a superstitious belief that if talking about it will bring it about. I'm not entirely sure where that stems from.

    In the EU it's a bit different now but a lot of tales of zombies, the dead rising and so on are still very much a part of certain cultures and was somewhat rampant in the EU in medieval times. Lack of knowledge and understanding created atmosphere of fear and loathing of the dead. I've seen a few shows talking about how some of the dead were treated when there was fear of them returning or there was knowledge they may have returned and caused trouble.

    Sounds kind of silly to us now but there are many cultures in the world that still believe things like this and some religions too.
    10-22-2015 10:54 AM
  10. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    Well the Americanized version is the dressing up bit coupled with horror stories and spookiness. The Irish/Scottish still had the trick or treating, pumpkins and dressing up (not as a banana mind you) and some sense of ceremony. Expelling evil spirits kind of thing. The Christian tradition turned it more into a church service with candles and so on. So the Americanized version has more in common with the Celtic but it's different in many other ways.

    It appears the FFXIV thing is more American than the old Celtic though.
    SPOILER ALERT: We actually had to expel evil spirits (or rather nullify their evil magicks) as part of the story so maybe it was the Celtic one after all.
    10-22-2015 01:12 PM
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  12. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Today at work was not worth a damn. And I have school still. If my professor wasn't getting surgery done, I'd go home today and skip class entirely.

    Some days it feels like the task is to build a fire pit underneath a beaver damn spraying water and keep it burning to stay warm.

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    10-22-2015 05:13 PM
  13. Ed Boland's Avatar
    Almost to our destination in NC. Been driving for 9hours.. Errgh
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    10-22-2015 05:17 PM
  14. azcruz's Avatar
    Wow I'm surprised . For the amount it money msft is asking for the surface book you would of thought it would be a good competitor to that Mac book but this clearly shows that it's not . This won't go well with the fanboys in the forums lol .


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    He has valid points, like the charging connector, but scratching the glass table is bull****.
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    10-22-2015 07:01 PM
  15. worldspy99's Avatar
    uploadfromtaptalk1445561552377.jpgWatching my first ice hockey game in Minnesota.
    10-22-2015 07:52 PM
  16. sahib lopez's Avatar
    This is cool:

    Lol . That's is all I got to say . Alternate universe
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    10-22-2015 08:26 PM
  17. sahib lopez's Avatar
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    Man that would be nice to be at instead of working on programming homework
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    10-22-2015 08:27 PM
  18. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I got Krispy Kreme today.

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    We had a pretty sunset.

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    10-22-2015 09:16 PM
  19. Ed Boland's Avatar
    Made it to the cabin here in Warrensville, NC. Elevation: 3500ft in the mountains...
    10-22-2015 09:41 PM
  20. worldspy99's Avatar
    Made it to the cabin here in Warrensville, NC. Elevation: 3500ft in the mountains...
    Awesome!
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    10-22-2015 09:44 PM
  21. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Made it to the cabin here in Warrensville, NC. Elevation: 3500ft in the mountains...
    I'd love to see some pictures.
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    10-22-2015 11:17 PM
  22. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Made it to the cabin here in Warrensville, NC. Elevation: 3500ft in the mountains...
    If you have the opportunity on the way home. Stop by Grandfather Mountain and check out mile high swaying bridge. It's about an hour south from where you are.

    That's if you've never been of course. :)

    Are you on vacation? It's been some time since I've been around that area. Lots of caves and the mountains are spectacular this time of year.
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    10-23-2015 12:04 AM
  23. azcruz's Avatar
    My source was right about the 650...
    10-23-2015 12:42 AM
  24. sahib lopez's Avatar
    I got Krispy Kreme today.

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    We had a pretty sunset.

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    Nice :p donuts and sunset :) I don't go to Krispy Kreme because it's a bit pricy for me but I like their donuts :) !
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    10-23-2015 12:43 AM
  25. azcruz's Avatar
    Nice :p donuts and sunset :) I don't go to Krispy Kreme because it's a bit pricy for me but I like their donuts :) !
    What's the average price of KK over there?
    10-23-2015 01:26 AM
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