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Today I visited a historic ship exhibition with my children. The ship dates from the early 20th century and I was keen to teach them about the history of British seafaring. After paying £15 for entry, I was dismayed to discover that in honour of Halloween all of the staff were dressed as ghouls and corpses and the interior of the ship is subjected to screams of terror and pain played on a continuous loop.

My 2 and 4 year olds were rather distressed by it.

I just finished a letter questioning the relevance of such festivities to that attraction. I pointed out that the crass, commercial and seedy variety of Halloween exhibited by their attraction has little to do with Britain, and absolutely nothing to do with the era they are meant to be indicative of. My children were so upset we spent less than 20 minutes there.

I have demanded both my money back and an apology.

Next thing you know they'll be turning HMS Victory into a haunted house :mad:
 

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its? halloween should have known better. i'm going to work and everyone but me is going dressed up. i mean really what did you expect?
 

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its? halloween should have known better. i'm going to work and everyone but me is going dressed up. i mean really what did you expect?
We don't make nearly as much of a big deal of it as you guys across the pond, this sort of thing is only catching on in recent years.
 

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Bonfire night used to be a bigger deal, now they probably run about eaqual, with haloween taking a lead for the future.
 
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Honestly, what did you expect on Halloween?

It inst a commercial sell-out, or whatever. They did much more terrifying and random things in my granparent's days, so I hear.
It served no narrative function and completely undermined the whole function of their exhibition. I didn't expect that, even on Halloween.

Even when I was little life pretty much carried on as normal over Halloween, and that was only 20 years ago. The only places that did anything special were Woolworths, and that was only so they could sell cardboard pumpkins.

This nonsense is getting out of hand.
 

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I got a letter from the Curator of the exhibit. He apologised profusely for my children being upset. He basically agreed with all of my complaint, and said that the only reason they do such things is they need the extra traffic it brings in to help bankroll the rest of the year when it is properly educational.

He gave me a full refund and a new ticket to bring my family back after Halloween.

I wrote back to him and thanked him for his reply and said I would gladly accept in the gracious spirit he was offering it. He sounded as despondent as me to be honest. I suppose you don't get to be the curator of a historical exhibit without actually caring about teaching history.
 

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I love Halloween, but I don't like it when they do "Halloweened" theme nights at museums. I just don't think it needs to be there.

Maybe next year, we can paint a ghost face on the Mona Lisa? I mean, it's Halloween after all. :p

Good to hear you got a new ticket, maybe this time you'll be able to show your kids the craftiness of the English sailors in history. :thumb:
 

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It was like that at the Cornish Pasty stand near me. Dressed as ghosts. i mean WTF? I want a pasty, not some jumped up italian student wally making ghost noises at me.

Re Halloween: More amercianism come here I think. Tonnes of pumpkins wasted and fireworks through letter boxes. Very mature. I have to duct tape my ****ing letterbox shut in case I get some smart arse try and burn me and my family alive.
 

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There's plenty of naff commercialism I have to pander to in my line of work, simply to turn a buck. My staff and I prostitute ourselves out to the alter of the £ all the time.

Sure, it doesn't float everyone's boat (s'cuse the OP pun) but its a necesary evil.

On the consumer side of the coin... aside from the fact that I generally dislike people and seldom leave the house, I rather simply avoid doing stuff on public "commerce celebrations" (read: christmas/valentines/bonfire night/whatever). Sadly the missus' B-Day is October 31st, so I'm sort of stuck with haloween :/
 
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