More civilised? Talking Mom into a neat costume isn't working for it? I understand
that a childhood custom such as guisin' can be cherished, but I think American
trick-or-treating (though misnamed, we hope) is great as it is. Once a year mothers let
their young children ring strangers' doorbells, and maybe let them eat the goodies they
get, even in a metropolis like greater Los Angeles here. I don't see it as moral
blackmail either -- if I don't want to give candy, or I've run out of candy, or I am not
home that evening, I leave my porchlight off, and everyone knows not to bother with my
Boo! (Do your ghosts say that too?) :-) Carol J.
P.S. I did learn from Healys message tho; thanks.
On Fri, 3 Oct 1997, The_Healys <Xxx_Xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> wrote: >... Guisin' was the forerunner of the modern trick or treat >and I will agree with you that it was more civilised in that the >children arriving at a doorstep had to perform for their treat. >Sing a song, do a funny dance, recite a poem. It didn't matter what >it was but there was nothing for nothing. This contrasts sadly with >the current version which amounts to little more than moral >blackmail - <we've dressed up so give us something nice!>