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Dying traditions - Halloween

Original post made by Ada, Midtown, on Nov 1, 2010

I checked PA Online to see if there will be any mention of Halloween yesterday, and found no mention of it whatsoever. No pictures of cute kids in costumes or best decorated pumpkins. Fewer and fewer houses are decorated. I understand part of the reason is changing PA demographics - immigrants for whom it is not a tradition they follow. Then there are some religious people who are actually against Halloween celebrations, but what about the rest of us? Does anyone care for keeping American traditions anymore? I also would like to ask the immigrants - what do you think of the traditions of your new home country such as putting a pumpkin out on Halloween, decorating house with Christmas lights, having a 4th of July barbecue. Religious or patriotic underpinnings aside - why not help contribute to the festive atmosphere?

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Nov 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Your points are well taken, but there is another factor here. The election tomorrow. That's more "scary" than anything having to do with Halloween.

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Posted by Party Pooper
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 1, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Not sure what you are talking about. It seems to me that more and more houses are decorated each year, some extremely elaborately. Not only that, but this year there seems to have been 3 days of celebrations, the schools did it on Friday, various places on Saturday and then trick or treating last night.

The amount of candy, decorations, costumes, and various other stuff that has been in the stores for the past month and people have been buying it. The coincidence of the Giants being black and orange may have meant that Giants memorabilia doubled as Halloween costumes may have played some of the costumes down, but I think that this year has been more OTT than ever. Next year, we will once again have 3 days for festivities. I can't see that this is a dying tradition.

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Posted by Ada
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 1, 2010 at 9:13 pm

I see markedly less decorations in Midtown and even old PA compared to 10 years ago when I used to take my older child trick or treating. And nothing that comes even close to Los Gatos or Willow Glenn where entire neighborhoods get really really creative. Just plain boring in Palo Alto, with very few exceptions. Cudos to those who still make an effort.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 1, 2010 at 11:36 pm

It is a much bigger deal now than when I grew up. But, traffic was a little light -- World Series, I expect. Difficult to draw a statistically significant conclusion from one year with a confounding event.

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Posted by A Reason
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 2, 2010 at 12:15 am

Intellectuals are less likely to be spirited. You think they were the ones with the exceptional costumes in their day? You think they attended pep rallies and football games? Joined the frats and sororities known for partying? Think about it.

Halloween decorations are not so welcoming. I looked to buy some this year and did not want tombstones and skulls on my property. For winter holidays, I do hang outdoor ornaments on our tree and have other decorations. Winter holidays are more festive.

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