Date: Tue, 1 Nov 1994 16:17:18 EST From: Terry Lynn Irons Subject: Re: Hallowe'en greetings? David Harnick-Shapiro writes, > Last night was my first Hallowe'en as a homeowner. Mine also > Apart from a > disappointingly low turnout Not here--they came in by the carload: 150 kids in little over an hour >(anyone want several pounds of left- > over candy? :-) Sure!!! > 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...) I noticed the same thing. Most kids walked off saying nothing, some said thank you, some wandered through my frost bitten flowers, a little girl skipped gaily along my stepping stone path, but the curiosity was the six or seven who said "Happy Hallowe'en." This is Eastern Kentucky, folks, so I don't think it is regional. I, too, suspect an influence from advertising. Terry -- (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164 Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351 (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)