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06-09-2017, 09:30 AM
RE: Haunted Humanism Halloween
One of my absolute favorite Halloween moments:




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06-09-2017, 10:27 AM
RE: Haunted Humanism Halloween
(06-09-2017 03:43 AM)OakTree500 Wrote:  Halloween, at least how I've come to know it in the UK, is such a strange event for me.

The one time of the year that having horror movies out on display and encouraging kids to dress up as scary things, whilst decorating your house with cobwebs/blood and stuff, seems weird to me. 15ish years ago, Halloween was seen as "An American Thing" over here, so very few of us did it. But it's been slowly coming on more and more, and now it's a full blown thing. Not that I don't like the idea of kids having fun, but the general concept/execution of it is just nuts.

Then again I also think this of the UK's "Bonfire Night", a night in which we celebrate the foiled attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament, [by Guy Fawkes], by sticking an effigy of him on a (sometimes gigantic) bonfire, then setting it alight, watching it slowly burn. And later we have fireworks. Seems a bit random to me. Again I "get it", but in hindsight, it's a bit of backwards thing to do, some 412 years AFTER it happened.

Being born in 67 and growing up in the 70's Halloween was non existent in Britain at that time, I only read about it in my peanuts cartoon books but I loved the idea of it, it wasn't until the late 90's it became a phenomenon over here. I also like the idea of Thanksgiving and enjoying a turkey and all the lovely seasonal produce that comes to ripen in the autumn, harvest festival and bonfire night just aren't a decent substitute.
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06-09-2017, 07:44 PM (This post was last modified: 06-09-2017 08:49 PM by Oaken.)
RE: Haunted Humanism Halloween
(06-09-2017 09:27 AM)SYZ Wrote:  Halloween is just another insidious, over-commercialised US import that we don't need. Angry


Who says it's over commercialized here? Wink

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(06-09-2017 09:27 AM)SYZ Wrote:  Halloween is just another insidious...

No. They are two different things.

This is Halloween.

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And this is Insidious.

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Seriously, I get the emotions with "holidays" of any kind that have religious pasts. I get it. I just try to find the good in stuff. And I plan to celebrate Christmas or Yule in Humanist ways as well.

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06-09-2017, 09:34 PM (This post was last modified: 06-09-2017 09:43 PM by Oaken.)
RE: Haunted Humanism Halloween
And I think another thing that caused me to like Halloween so much was that Christian churches in legalistic Massachusetts were DEAD freaking set against Halloween. In fact, they would preach two hour sermons about how evil it was. When I was in Christian middle school they made a RULE that you would be suspended if your family let you Trick-or-Treat on Halloween. Yup. And then I saw the movie Halloween (1978) and it was terror and love at first fright. So, I know that it has Pagan origins and deals with people trying to pay spirits to stay away, and that the Catholic church has a holiday around the time, but, I just liked the feeling of wet autumn and chill in the air and colorful costumes and candy and having fun. I spend about $20 a year on it, so the commercialization of it doesn't effect me. I love seeing senior citizens getting dressed up, and my DD clients consider it one of their favorite times of the year. I think there is good and bad in everything.

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06-09-2017, 09:41 PM
RE: Haunted Humanism Halloween
I can see how Halloween pisses people off it it's commercially shoved down their throat from another nation but I always loved Halloween. Very artistic holiday. Fun colors and icons. Running around, dressing up, and candy.

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06-09-2017, 09:44 PM
RE: Haunted Humanism Halloween
Fun and creepy Samhain decorations:

- Self-rocking cradle. Bonus points for proximity sensor that causes it to stop mid-rock.

- Jack-O-Latern with green pool light and foaming soap suds. Only impressive if you use helium for the suds, which will look perfectly normal until they detach and shoot straight up in a very unnatural way.

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06-09-2017, 09:55 PM
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(06-09-2017 09:44 PM)Paleophyte Wrote:  Fun and creepy Samhain decorations:

- Self-rocking cradle. Bonus points for proximity sensor that causes it to stop mid-rock.

- Jack-O-Latern with green pool light and foaming soap suds. Only impressive if you use helium for the suds, which will look perfectly normal until they detach and shoot straight up in a very unnatural way.

Stop! That's creeeeepy!!!! Just kidding, don't stop. Picturing the cradle gave me chills. Would work for a rocking chair too.

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06-09-2017, 10:17 PM
RE: Haunted Humanism Halloween
Nothing to do with Humanism but I would totally love to do something like this in my yard for Halloween. Ah hell, who am I kidding, I'd leave it up year-round. Plastic flamingos are kind of a running gag in my family. Last year Home Depot sold life sized horse skeletons and if there had been any left for half-priced after Halloween I would have probably bought one just to do a horse version of this:

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06-09-2017, 11:02 PM
RE: Haunted Humanism Halloween
(06-09-2017 10:17 PM)outtathereligioncloset Wrote:  Nothing to do with Humanism but I would totally love to do something like this in my yard for Halloween. Ah hell, who am I kidding, I'd leave it up year-round. Plastic flamingos are kind of a running gag in my family. Last year Home Depot sold life sized horse skeletons and if there had been any left for half-priced after Halloween I would have probably bought one just to do a horse version of this:

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From the people who brought you Sharknado, now witness the pink horror of Flamingo Rex... coming soon to a Redbox near you.

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