Friday, 1 November 2013

Beer Swigging Undead

Local teens before dressing up
The Americanisation of  Halloween has, for the most part, passed Trelawnyd by. Three girls of around 11 dressed , I think , as ghosts quietly lurked down the lane for a few minutes last night, and called out a rather polite and reedy " trick or treat" when I was unloading the Berlingo of the weekly shop.
We didn't have any treats ( thanks weightwatchers) so I bunged them a couple of quid. They are the first trick & treaters that we have seen for a few years now.
When I went to town to complete the shop at the supermarket, the scene was very different indeed!
Packs of bored looking teens seemed to lurk around every street corner, waving  light up devil forks and blood stained hands. A group of four Osama Bin Laden lookalikes were having a " chat" to a policeman by the petrol station and even the checkout supervisor at Tescos was decked out as a zombie hospital patient in a bloodstained smock.....a fact that got on my tits somewhat.
I am not a fan of dressing up at work
( I once watched a very difficult conversation between a bereaved relative and a nurse with tinsel weaved around her hat)
As I was driving out of town there was another large group of teenage zombies sitting on the playing field swigging at cans of lager......which I thought wasn't quite in the real spirit of The Walking Dead but as I carried through the large village of Dyserth I did notice a few tots  dressed as pumpkins running around excitedly with their mothers between houses.........that scene was a little more wholesome and reminiscent of ET than the beer swigging undead.
Speaking of the undead.......I am going to miss episode 3 of The Walking Dead tonight....... Working!

49 comments:

  1. Our local undertaker was dressed as a zombie all yesterday.

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    1. In my experience, most undertakers look like zombies all the time?

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  2. Our local girlies split into two groups last night. The first lot came before it was dark, to ensure they had-first pick at the sweets, then joined forces with the others for a second go. Enterprise is alive and well in S W France.

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  3. This is one americian who can not stand Halloween ....even as a child it was full of angst for me....we never had sweets at home so of course I wanted that part..but it meant dressing up...... I was shy....I would be asked..."so what are you supposed to be????" I would have to talk!?!?!?
    We always had to make are own costumes....I wanted to be something incredible...mum would say go look up costumes in the encyclopedia ...I would see this beautiful costume with hoop skirts and veils......and mum would hand me an old sheet......what!!!!?!?! I'm going to make that with this!!!!
    Not my day at all....and of course I'm sure I ate at least 12 pieces of candy last night!!! O.O
    Hello November!!!!!!!! :) The big plus is ....I adore November ...my favorite month of the year!!!

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    1. Canadian chiming in the same. I never liked it as a child either.

      Why can't people just be happy with the school costume parade?

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  4. Halloween, not relevant to Australia, yet some get enthused. I don't like it. Surely you did not sling a couple of quid? 50p surely is enough.

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    1. There was three of them andrew!

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    2. Does one sling or bung? Personally I tend to bung. YMMV

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    3. No Halloween here in India.

      We do have a festival called Diwali. It is a festival of lights. This year, our sacred calender has the date for tomorrow: November 3. Happy Diwali!

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  5. My teenage son is watching past episodes of The Walking Dead before he catches up with the new series. He said it is the best thing he has ever watched!!! With regards to the nurse, I think it is totally inappropriate that she had tinsel around her hat. Very unprofessional.

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  6. Was pretty quiet up here in the centre of our metropolis....only 3 door knocks .....we had a kids Halloween party so perhaps we were keeping them off the streets and contributed to the evening being pretty quiet ? It's my birthday today, 1st of November ! 44th time this has happened .....

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    1. Thanks for the card john ! You are a clandestine postman

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    2. You are welcome old boy
      Enjoy your day

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    3. Happy Birthday, Jason. You look younger.

      We had tons of trick-or-treaters. Maybe 50-60? Mostly itty bitties.

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    4. It's the fresh air Susie .....that and the wine

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    5. I get plenty of fresh air and wine, but I don't look like you. I'm four years older, though. :-)

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    6. Take the full glass with you on the walk ......helps a lot more

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    7. Good idea, off I go! To the Library. :(

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  7. I always think of ET at Halloween. We had heaps of callers & I loved it !

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  8. well i guess if you have to be undead you might as well swig some suds.

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  9. We lived at the very edge of town so didn't have even one door knocker. I had the candy at the ready just in case.....I remember we had such fun as kids. I have a relative who rents a cotton candy machine and sets up in the front yard passing out the sweet treat all evening. They had 500 visitors! Our local churches have Trunk or Treats....they set up in the parking lots of the church and most small kiddies are taken there by parents as it is a safe alternative to turning them loose to visit persons unknown.

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  10. Regarding Tom Stephenson's comment: There's nothing as creepy to me as the thought of an undertaker dressed as a zombie. Talk about bad taste!

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    1. That really is in bad taste. Some professions don't lend themselves to dressing up. Anyone dealing with bereaved families should maintain dignity....and nurses should be professional at all times.

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  11. Never had a trick or treater, nobody was dressed up in the supermarkets, I don't think it's caught up with West Cumbria yet.

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  12. Chagford was awash with face paint and black nylon last night. Thank goodness we live so far out no one bothers. Bah humbug.

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  13. OMW John, are those beings in the photo, really your local teens. I must be very protected living out here in the bush!

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  14. Thank God I've never had any trick or treaters in the 4 years I've lived in this small town - of course, everyone knows our apts. are mostly "old" people! I never buy candy - I'd eat it all, anyway. But waayyyy back when I was a young woman I delighted in dressing up as a witch (made my own black costume) and greeting kids. Played scary music (loud) and my husband usually lurked around the bushes in the front yard to scare the kids! We did have fun. I'm now waiting for my daughter to email pictures of young Grandson Henry...I've already seen a picture of him in his Power Ranger suit.

    Nancy in Iowa (but only for 1.5 more weeks! Then it's back to the South for me.)

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  15. Ah, the little ones belong to this holiday.

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    1. Best baked till crisp in a wood fired oven, no? At least that's the famous recipe the stories all talk about. Haven't tried this delicacy as yet myself to be honest; bleeding PC nonsense and all that!

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  16. I miss the Halloween of my youth. Everyone dressed up in our little town and egg throwing was the biggest mischief. Now it's an excuse to break out car windows and rob the gas station. But when my three GK's dressed as a cowboy, a scarecrow and a witch I got all teary eyed. They may be the last to enjoy what used to be a "sweet: tradition.

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  17. Two trick-or-treaters stopped at my house last night. Brothers about 7 and 5, dressed as ninjas. Elder brother thought the candy bars promising enough that he asked if he could please take a second one. Mom was horrified and apologized, but i was happy to share them, as i didn't want to have them all to eat. Although i did buy candy i like. Mom apologized a second time, and i told her that since they each got a second piece, maybe they could share some with her.

    We don't have many little ones on our street, so i didn't expect hordes.

    Happy birthday, Jason!

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  18. Surprisingly, Halloween was unusually pleasant. The little kids were cute and polite. All had parents, who prompted them to say thank you. EVEN THE TEENS were polite and in costume. Only one teen had the honesty to say he was going as a human.

    I like the little kids and their excitement.

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  19. Just after dark we had a slew of tots and parents appear -- hands digging so greedily into the basket of sweets that I quickly dashed out to the local co-op to re-stock. We were expecting a particular bunch of kids to appear, but a huge deluge of water put paid to their costumes and makeup and no else turned up -- despite welcoming jack-o-latern on doorstep.

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  20. we had a few groups of youngsters in costume with their mums which was great. Like you was not impressed by the costumes on the staff in our local A*da ~ not sure if they'd been told to dress up when they got to work as several of the costumes didn't fit!

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  21. Are you recording The Walking Dead,,, or are you watching it on catchup on Sunday???

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  22. Our house belongs to ye grand olde British tradition of curmudgeonly bastards, and has done for a number of years. Or in other words, we turn off the lights and hiss at each other to stay shush until the bloody kids bugger orf! Recently having hit forty, I like to think I can now reasonably start to excuse myself of such miserable git behaviours on account of old age.. ;-)

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  23. Re yesterday's post about the dying hen John - dare I say you would have made the most brilliant Dad - hope you are god-dad to various kids here and there - you are marvellous.
    Re today's post - we live down a long lane, far too far for anyone dressed in Hallowe'en stuff to walk, so we miss them all thank goodness. Also am amazed at the couple of quid thing - that would buy a mighty lot of treats. I thought it was just one sweet each from a tin of Quality Street.

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  24. ohhh I best not come over and check for your thoughts on it later. I will wait to see what you think tomorrow... please say you have sky plus. I love sky plus

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  25. No one came to my door. Maybe it's because I turned off all the lights and hid in the back bedroom. I had three fillings replaced yesterday. The dentist wore a chicken hat, and the tech had bunny ears and a cotton tail. It was like having my teeth fixed in a petting zoo.

    Love,
    Janie

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  26. We had a bad storm go through, but never see any trick or treaters anyway. I did see a guy dressed up as a baker? yesterday at Wal Mart. I saw him from a distance and watched as he dug for gold and swiped it on his pant leg. I sure hope he wasn't from the food department.

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  27. I must admit I'm not a huge fan of the whole things, far too American for my liking. Guy fawlks is a much better night for the british!

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  28. Strange that everyone has forgotten that the practice of begging on All Hallows Eve arose from medieval times in the UK - so long before the US adopted it and mislaid the original function. The idea was that you asked for money and a soul cake and in return you promised to pray for the souls of those departed from the household that year. Turnip lamps would be taken on the journey around the village.

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    1. whats in a soul cake?

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    2. It can be a bread base with something sweet and spicy in the middle but I usually make an ordinary sponge mix flavoured with nutmeg and cinnamon

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  29. I dressed up for Halloween this year - I wore green scrubs and 'threw' gang symbols. Gang Green.

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  30. Everyone in all the stores and restaurants was in costume yesterday. It's kind of fun; but no kids out here where we live now. Just as well, hubby never liked participating for some reason.
    Have a wonderful Sunday, John. ♥

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  31. I've no objection to people celebrating Halloween or dressing up. Whatever turns you on etc. But I do object to people expecting me to join in, turning up on my doorstep and all that. Call me a grumpy old sod, but I prefer to be left in peace to pursue my own pleasures in my own way.

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  32. I always keep a small but handy supply of fresh organic carrot sticks as treats for halloween. Surprisingly, the noisy little bleeders who ignore me all year and their parents too bypassed my doorbell this year. Try it - it works!

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