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    My sister lives in Darwin and she has said that what they do to stop the kids fri=om coming in is place a pillow slip or something like that over their letterbox. And this shows the kids up there not to go into this house.
    But up in Darwin they do have quite a lot of Americans there so this is the reason why they do it a lot up there.

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    As far as the supervision goes, my kids do not definately go it alone nor do others as far as i can see in this street anyhow.
    Some people are such wowsers nowadays, always glass half empty.

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    And some are lets keep up with the Jones.

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    I have lollies bought in bulk just in case.

    I think parents should be more responsible and be out supervising their kids while they are knocking on strangers doors. You can't and don't know who the neighbours/people that answer the doors are & you can never know that they will be safe unless you're there.

    Pet hate of mine is kids left unattended, they're your kids and you should be looking after them. Particularly those under 12........

    I love the costumes and the happy little faces at the lollies they've gotten - I hate that lazy parents are putting their kids in danger because they can't be arsed looking after them.

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    Thing is, it's not optional. I don't enjoy kids kocking on my door repeatedly setting the dogs off.
    Thought about putting a sign on the door but that's just asking for the house to get egged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    Thing is, it's not optional. I don't enjoy kids kocking on my door repeatedly setting the dogs off.
    Thought about putting a sign on the door but that's just asking for the house to get egged.
    im getting fake blood for my dogs (tomato sauce) So as soon as i hear a knock at the door i give them a squirt and open the door for all the kids to see my man eating doggies! Best trick ever

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    Thing is, it's not optional. I don't enjoy kids kocking on my door repeatedly setting the dogs off.
    Thought about putting a sign on the door but that's just asking for the house to get egged.

    You must live in a great neighbourhood if thats their attitude. I have also explained to the kids that not everyone participates so dont be disappointed.



    Must add last year when the kids did it they knocked on an asian ladies door and she thought the kids were offering lollies so she took some and shut the door. LOL the kids were horrified.

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    What is wrong with starting a new tradition in Australia for the kids? The origins are not American, they are British. Some Scotts and Irish still celebrate it.

    I also don't see anything wrong with the kids going door knocking by themselves personally. Not 2-3 year olds, but older kids, why not. Teaches them some independence and to speak up, they get to know the neighbours and they get to have some freedom and fun. I don't buy into the whole "evil pedophile is going to abduct your kids if you don't watch them every second" thing. I trust my neighbours to not attempt to poison my child for the sake of it and the only regret I have is that there will be the wowsers who won't play along and try to make the kids feel bad because they are not following the "right" traditions.

    For that reason I was going to go door knocking myself or put notes in letterboxes in advance to find out who was going to be a sport and play along but I forgot! And probably won't have time before they start.

    I would like to see them do it differently from the Americans though. I do not like the threat of tricks to get a treat. In Ireland they used to go "guising" on All Hallows and the kids were supposed to perform a song or poem or something before they got treats. And that's more similar to a Belgian tradition I was fond of as a child, which was very catholic and invovled dressing up as the 3 wise men (!!!) and then go door knocking and sing songs - some very religious, some silly and rather blasphemous - for treats. Lovely memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeDG View Post
    im getting fake blood for my dogs (tomato sauce) So as soon as i hear a knock at the door i give them a squirt and open the door for all the kids to see my man eating doggies! Best trick ever
    I honestly don't like this idea, as much as I don't like the whole idea of halloween.
    But if you want to go and do this then do so, but to make thing look gloomy by adding in sauce.
    I am so glad no kid of mine will ever visit your house, not that I would let them do it in the first place.

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    I got a note in the letterbox and I've got the right kind of lollies and 6 water pistols I don't need anymore - and a witches hat from Germany and a witches broom from Adaminaby NSW...

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