This mum admits to boycotting Halloween, saying she steers away from traditional treats because her kids “get enough sugar.”

The mother shared on a parenting forum, “I’m the Grinch when it comes to Halloween. My kids have never been nor will they go trick or treating.

“I put a sign out saying ‘don’t bother knocking here or you’ll get fruit on my door’ haha. It’s an over-commercialised American tradition. Not for me sorry.”

“If they knock here I will give them fruit. I don’t really care where the tradition started, I won’t be sucked into plying kids with sugar or having my kids knock on randoms’ doors and ask for treats,” she writes.

She was soon accused of being “not a fun mum”.

I remember the first time we did anything for Halloween was a birthday party my then 6yr old was invited to by one of his classmates. Prior to that my children didn’t really know anything about it.

Since then we often attended a disco at the local play centre and carved a pumpkin at home. That was it, until new neighbours came along who were originally from America and then the fun began! We haven’t missed a year since.

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I think everyone has their own opinions on Halloween – but please don’t spoil the fun for other kids. If you don’t want to join in, just pop a sign out letting people know. Easy!

Will your children be trick or treating? Share your comments below.

  • Kids love dressing up and some go to a lot of effort.I am happy to hand out a few treats for the trouble they’ve gone to.


  • I’ve never celebrated Halloween and have no intention of ever doing this. I bought lollies and spooky treats 2 years in a row, left front light on and kept dog tied up and no-one ever came. Now I just leave the light off and people know not to come knocking. That way no-one is disappointed.


  • happy for kids to knock on my door :) my kid won’t specifically go ..he’s so shy ..lol


  • Thankfully our kids are growing out of this. I do not like all the lollies


  • We never grew up with Halloween as kids but my husband did (he grew up in the UK) so he’s keen for us to get involved. I don’t see any harm in it as long as you’re safe and don’t send your kids out on their own


  • Her choice really! I see it as a bit of fun for the kids. I only let them go because I live in a good community, everyone who participates is outside, so no need to knock on doors, and some do give fruit.


  • I’m not big into Halloween but it’s really only a couple times a year that kids get lollies and choc ( Halloween and Easter) just limit their sugar at other times and let them have some fun.


  • She is a bit harsh. I will take my daughter for a short while.


  • It is harmless fun and you can choose to be involved or not. But don’t rain on everyone else’s parade.


  • I think that you do you and I’ll do me, but, just to clarify, it is not an American thing nor is it pagan thing exactly. It is, in fact, a Christian celebration. All Hallows Eve (All Saints Eve) precedes All Saints Day (November 1st). The more modern traditions of tricks or treats actually comes from Gaelic and Celtic harvest festivals (some of which did have pagan roots although not specifically encompassing pagan rituals) and more broadly celebrated the end of the harvest at the same time as All Hallows Eve (Hallowe’en). Over time this became an mashup of the two.
    I will agree, though, that the over commercialization is an American thing, as has happened with every other Christian celebration (Easter, Christmas). Exploiting Christian traditions for commercial gain seems to be very much an American thing.

    • How many people actually know where the tradition of Halloween originated? Seems not many of our commenters here. IT IS NOT AN AMERICAN TRADITION.
      Google it. Widen your knowledge, share the information with your kids.
      As to this lady, each to her own as long as it doesn’t effect me and my family and friends that do go to see house displays and collect lots of lollies for me to ‘try’ when kids are asleep ????????????


  • my kiddo will be treating. hahahha. if we do get a knock on the door.. fruits and chocolates is what i’m planning.


  • I’m always prepared for trick or treaters but we’ve never had any in our area. This year we’ve been invited by another family to go trick or treating in their area, which apparently has most houses participating so I am actually really excited to experience it


  • I’m a proud Halloween Grinch. Do not support it in our household. It’s an old America pagan celebration which celebrates worshipping evil and scary beings by takeing sweets from strangers. Thank you, but no thank you.


  • We do not knock on doors ourselves but welcome any child who knocks on our door ! I’m happy to give an apple or a small fun gift.


  • I’m not a fan of Halloween at all. I won’t be answering the door…I just don’t get why it’s become so popular in Australia recently…


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