Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Halloween Not

For the record, last night we had four trick-or-treaters, arriving together. Three wore half-hearted costumes, the main feature of which were wigs. The fourth and youngest wore no costume at all. Surprisingly, there didn’t appear to be any adults accompanying them. More surprisingly, when presented with a bowl of mini-chocolate bars, they each took only one. It would seem that we’ve failed in our societal duties to instil in them a proper sense of greed. We must try harder!

The Stuff website ran one of its user polls today, asking: “Did you give sweets to Halloween trick-or-treaters last night?” At the time I viewed it, the results were Yes 23.2% (597 votes), No 76.8% (1972 votes). Fortunately, the site always says of these polls “Stuff polls are not scientific and reflect the opinions of only those internet users who have chosen to participate.” Pity its sister Fairfax newspapers don’t always quote that when reporting these polls’ results.

Fairfax rival APN’s New Zealand Herald website reported on a neighbourhood Halloween party in Remuera Auckland that attracted 40 people. As many as that! Wow, Halloween is really big in New Zealand!

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