Ahh can't believe i forgot you freudstein, my bad :/
And ruggerz you were the one whose name i couldn't recall.
Turns out there is more than you recall when we all join together in one thread.
I'm glad to hear that Halloween is getting bigger and bigger in the UK. It's my favorite holiday, and I'm planning a move to the UK in about a year or so. I was actually worried about how much they do/don't celebrate Halloween there-- it was on my "pros and cons of moving to London" list. Talk about having your priorities out of whack.
I know that no country will probably catch up to the US, Halloween-wise, but I'm glad to know it's catching on in the UK. And that my UK friends and neighbors won't think I'm a weirdo if I go all out for a Halloween party every year!
Just to clarify and hopefully settle some of your worries, it's more than 'catching on' i know it's been celebrated in the typical US TOT'er and decorated house way since the late 80's.
I assume perhaps a bit longer than that but i'm only 21 so that's as far as my hands on knowledge goes haha.
But obviously it was never on the same grand scale as the US, but as everyone is saying, year and year it's bigger and bigger and i'd say we're about 75-80% of what it's like in the US, knowing the experience of both.
It's just the same in as in the states in that it's not as big in some parts of the country as others. I've heard UK members complaining that no one in their town acknowledges it and they have no TOT'ers.
Whereas around here in the city they have zombie parades and big halloween themed events, we have haunted hayrides and pumpkin patches and such throughout the county, and the bars and clubs decorate for halloween and do big themed halloween parties. And then i'd say last year we had around 100-200 TOT'ers.
Not as many as you'd get in the US, but that was our best turn out.
IMO you get out of it what you put into it.
I'll try and get some pics from 2008 up later, can't believe i never got around to it last year.