HALLOWEEN is an ambiguous time. It is part of a celebration dedicated to remembering the dead – and it may have roots in Celtic traditions, marking the transition of the seasons from summer to winter.
It comes as no surprise that people’s feelings about the holiday are far from unanimous.
While some of us really get our teeth into the celebration, others would prefer to lock the door and put out the lights, finding Halloween tricky – and not exactly a treat.
The holiday even divided the Leader office, particularly over the issue of whether it’s acceptable to knock on people’s doors.
Some of us think it’s a bit of fun, others think it’s begging.
We found out what Wrexham and Flintshire residents thought of the Halloween tradition of trick or treating.
Janet Glynn, 68, of Wrexham, said: “I think it’s OK – but I don’t like teenagers doing it as they can be threatening. Young kids with their parents are fine.
“Trick or treating was not around in my day, the USA started it...”
Louise Williams, 27, of Wrexham, said: “It’s just a bit of fun that has been happening for years! As long as children are supervised by an adult then I don’t see a problem with it.”
But Amy Williams, 28, of Wrexham, thought differently.
“It’s begging. Plus you wouldn’t let your kids dress up in scary outfits and knock on strangers doors any other time of the year. I might sound like a Scrooge but I hate Halloween,” she said.
Clare Louise Evans, 31, of Wrexham, said: “It’s a bit of fun, always has been, always will be. Plus it’s a good excuse to dress up daft and act daft for one night.”
Katie Evans, 29, said it was fine - as long as it was supervised by parents.
Lauren Amy Price, 23, of Wrexham, said: “I think that it is fun... I certainly know my four-year-old is already excited about it as am I to dress him up.
“There are people out there who spoil it for others but the majority of the time it is only a small child on the other side of the door.”
Colin Roberts, 32, of Wrexham, said it might be fun for the kids but not for the elderly if older teens come knocking.
Bryan Thomas Jones, 61, of Wrexham, said: “If it’s properly supervised with adults then fine – but all too often it isn’t.
“To have eggs thrown at your house or to visit an elderly, distressed person the next morning who has spent a fortune on biscuits to give to kids who keep coming back shows another side to it.
“Bonfire Night is largely under control and so should this be.”
Franca Di Sessa, 51, of Wrexham, hails from North America.
She said: “Over there, it’s not begging. It’s part of the culture. When I first moved here, hardly anyone had heard of trcik or treat. How things have changed.
“The saddest part is when you take t your children door to door and no one opens up on a cold night. I cried because my childhood memories were of waiting for the day that you got loads of sweets.”
Anne Murray, 53, asked what happened to older traditions like apple bobbing.
Helen McCarthy, 48, of Wrexham, said: “Kids love it round our area. If there is a pumpkin outside a house which is lit then the household give out sweets. If not, kids know not to bother them.
“Some of the adults on our estate love it more than the kids. It’s not begging if the adults want to give.”
Ceri Davies, 26, of Wrexham said she wouldn’t call it begging.
She said: “It’s a tradition that’s been around since I was a little girl and it should bring the community closer together.”