I Don't Like Halloween!!

I don’t know what it is especially but I do not like Halloween and I do not like children being involved in it. When I was a youngster we didn’t acknowledge it. We knew it happened over in America and that gave it some appeal but it was only as onlookers.
I suppose the surfeit of the ‘Halloween’ genre of films in the late 80’s early 90’s brought it more into our experience and at some point after this it became the massive industry it is now.
Why don’t I like it? Well I am very against encouraging children to terrorise people withtheir Trick or Treating. In the USA it is part of the culture but here it is not. So you have a large portion of the population who do not want to be disturbed and then have eggs and flour thrown at their doors.
The picture of youngsters skipping down the street with mums or dads, popping into neighbours homes for sweets seems to be very far from the truth. It has been used in some case by gangs of youths to demand money with menaces.
Over the years the fancy dress has moved into something grotesque with enough blood to keep a transfusion service going for quite a while.  The masks and other props are so scary that I cannot imagine any youngsters not having nightmares. I understand that there is a Gaddafi mask doing the rounds. Surely that is no way to teach children what is appropriate.
For schools it is another ‘celebration’ that they are expected to support. I know of a PTA that has gone to a great deal of trouble to decorate the school hall in preparation for a Halloween disco.
Can someone explain to me why we encourage our children to experience this annual event? What do they learn? Where is the fun?  I especially like to hear from anyone who is the parent of a nervous youngster and how they cope at this time of the year or from teachers having to cope with the ‘horror’ being brought into class.

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