Took my boy for a swim at the local pool yesterday and there were some kids setting up some Halloween thing with decorations all around. One boy of about 10 who was involved in this came into the change room, proceeded to put on his vampire outfit, and asked if we staying for trick or treat - "It's free"... We went out, bought a slushie to take home, and it started raining so we stayed under cover while it passed (about 10 minutes). By the time we left all the decorations were being brought in, some woman was bemoaning her "wasted talents", and the party appeared to be cancelled. Not so much because of the rain, I assume, but due to nobody turning up. Part of me felt sorry for the couple of excited kids who helped set it up, but mostly my thoughts were of satisfaction that this "fkn yank bs" hasn't really (yet) taken hold here.