November 01, 2006

Trick or Treat?

There was a knock at the door last night, and when I opened it I was surprised to find 3 kids standing there who promptly yelled out "Trick or Treat?"

I couldn't believe it. I didn't know what to say.

To be fair I have heard of it happening in Australia but I have never seen anyone doing it before, and it certainly caught be by surprise. Maybe they were American kids, although sadly I doubt it.

Happy All Souls day!


Bruce Yabsley said...

I begged out of an (American) colleague's Halloween party (costume required!) last night, in principle because it was midweek and I already have family functions this week, but also ... well, lack of enthusiasm. If I were in America of course, that would be different. Trick-or-treating is definitely taking it too far.

When I was in Geneva the American grad students and postdocs there had the custom of celebrating Thanksgiving together, and inviting along all of the other foreigners who were at a loose end: that, I thought, was a much more functional use of American culture while abroad.

BTW, isn't it All Saints' Day today, and All Souls' tomorrow?

Eb said...

Ah - you are quite correct. A search found entries for All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day from the Catholic Encyclopedia (yours for only US$33!)