Date: Tue, 1 Nov 1994 09:10:19 -0800 From: David Harnick-Shapiro Subject: Hallowe'en greetings? Last night was my first Hallowe'en as a homeowner. Apart from a disappointingly low turnout (anyone want several pounds of left- over candy? :-) it all went quite well. I was struck, though, by one thing: in addition to the recitation of "Trick or treat!" and "Thank you!", a number of children (more toward the 8-10 age range?) shouted out "Happy Hallowe'en!" as they left our door. Is saying "Happy Hallowe'en" customary in other parts of the country? (I grew up here, so I'm disinclined to think it a local custom of which I was unaware.) Maybe I just got a bunch of polite trick-or-treaters. (For some reason I still can't put my finger on, the way these kids said "Happy Hallowe'en!" reminded me of people shouting "Merry Christmas!" as they left a Christmas celebration. Maybe the September onset of Christmas advertising is having an effect...) -------- David Harnick-Shapiro david[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Information and Computer Science University of California, Irvine