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Trick or treat in Poland


hythorn 3 | 580
1 Nov 2011  #1
I must say that the youths that came round were very well behaved.

we had bags of sweeties prepared and we had wave after wave of very nice kids all dressed up
asking for sweeties

next year just for a laugh I will tell them to make sure they put the sweetie wrappers in the bin
and I am sure that they will :-)

anyone else have any Polish trick or treat related stories

noticed quite a few pumpkin lamps out and about

a much needed excuse for a bit of fun prior to Stiff's Day
Wroclaw 44 | 5,388
1 Nov 2011  #2
anyone else have any Polish trick or treat related stories

i can only say that in my neck of the woods it was an ordinary evening/night with no sign of trick or treat or pumpkins.

it may have been different in rynek, but i didn't check it out.
scottie1113 7 | 898
1 Nov 2011  #3
Nothing in my neighborhood in Gdansk.
teflcat 5 | 1,032
1 Nov 2011  #4
Nothing where I live either. Perhaps it's got something to do with the fact that trick or treating is an american activity, and this is Poland.
Knee Grow
1 Nov 2011  #5
I must say that the youths that came round were very well behaved.

Maybe they had already had fun on mischief night:)
OP hythorn 3 | 580
1 Nov 2011  #6
how extraordinary

they have been trick or treating for three years straight now in our neighbourhood in Warsaw

obviously this is a phenomenom which will no doubt trickle down to the provinces in due course

stands by expecting to be flamed and rightly so
delphiandomine 83 | 17,690
1 Nov 2011  #7
It's entirely true ;)

Nothing here as well, which was surprising...
teflcat 5 | 1,032
1 Nov 2011  #8
obviously this is a phenomenom which will no doubt trickle down to the provinces in due course

Perhaps it will; America's 'cultural' hegemony has a long reach. As it is, the teenage lads in my village still bid us a polite 'good day' when they pass our gate. In the city a dirty look from a rap-loving hoodie would be more like it.
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,681
1 Nov 2011  #9
trick or treating is an american activity,

interestingly this is not actually true, it seems to have criss crossed the Atlantic more than once......
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trick-or-treating
Had a lovely time last night with two lit jack o lanterns on our doorstep and handing out sweets to little kids who came a knocking.....
Wroclaw 44 | 5,388
1 Nov 2011  #10
obviously this is a phenomenom which will no doubt trickle down to the provinces in due course

when november 1st is part of a long weekend then it is unlikely that people will get together for halloween. the whole weekend is based on visiting the graveside.

i can't imagine many of the older folk visiting a cemetery on october 31st and then allowing their offspring to go and party.

i have seen pumpkins used in recent years. it never caught on though.

the culture of november 1st (and the days around it) is too strong for halloween to succeed. at least at the moment.
teflcat 5 | 1,032
1 Nov 2011  #11
That's right. The sight of a cemetery in the evening, bejeweled with candlelight, is mesmerizing. The American children's threats with menacesis unlikely to supplant this solemn and beautiful tradition.
isthatu2 4 | 2,708
1 Nov 2011  #12
"Guising at Halloween in Scotland is recorded in 1895, where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips,
visit homes to be rewarded with cakes,fruit and money....."
I believed that right untill it got to the "fruit"......in Scotland!?!?!?
Do like how its first recorded in North America in 1911, in Canada :)
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
1 Nov 2011  #13
It came to America from Europe, not the other way around:)))) I am surprised it isn't in Poland due to the strong Catholic influence.
teflcat 5 | 1,032
1 Nov 2011  #14
It came to America from Europe, not the other way around:))))

Guising came to America from Europe. Demanding treats in return for not playing tricks is American.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
1 Nov 2011  #15
Most kids do not play tricks, they just ask for candy and the idea did come from Europe. Most of that old country stuff originated over there. Ever notice the Star Spangled Banner and God Save The Queen have the same tune? Old country has a profound influence on this one.
isthatu2 4 | 2,708
1 Nov 2011  #16
Its "My country tis of thee ,sweet land of liberty etc " that has the same tune as God save the Queen/King ;)
Causes great confusion in productions of West Side Story over here where people wonder why the Jets mockingly whistle the English national anthem to the coppers ;)
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
1 Nov 2011  #17
That's the Star Spangled Banner. I just researched Google. The trick or treating idea did originate in medieval Europe but wasn't popular in the US until the 1930's.
isthatu2 4 | 2,708
1 Nov 2011  #18
PP!!! Shame on you......lols
youtube.com/watch?v=pG1W7JDWv50
its America(My country tis of thee) totally different song....sheesh, a limey teaching a colonial about their own patriotic songs :)
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
1 Nov 2011  #19
Well Star Spangled Banner sounds close enough.
Wedle 16 | 496
1 Nov 2011  #20
they have been trick or treating for three years straight now in our neighbourhood in Warsaw

Trick or treating has been going on in Warsaw for well over 10 years,especially in one of the enclosed villages in Kabaty/Ursynow were many American and korean families live.
beckski 12 | 1,617
1 Nov 2011  #21
the whole weekend is based on visiting the graveside.

This concept is also practiced in parts of Latin American.

Trick or treating has been going on in Warsaw for well over 10 years

I had no idea it was introduced that long ago in Warsaw.
smurf 39 | 1,982
1 Nov 2011  #22
visiting the graveside

to look for Zombies?

We had some kids knocking last night, Mrs forgot it was Halloween and when she opened the door she near had a heart attack when she saw all these kids in scary masks.....we had feck all sweets but we threw them what we had, some apples and a few quid between them too.

I detest this graveyard stuff so I was delighted to see some kids actually enjoying themselves this weekend.
Wedle 16 | 496
6 Nov 2011  #23
I had no idea it was introduced that long ago in Warsaw.

From my knowledge it all started off with the families of the American embassy staff who live out near Kabaty, I was invited with my children to one in 1999.
PolishHater
8 Oct 2015  #24
LOL SWEETIES? Its Called Candy!


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