[I realise this is now untopical, but by error I didn't send this post a few days ago]. I know that trick or treat started in Europe, but until about a decade ago, the practice had largely died out in Britain, except for some remote rural areas where in-breeding is still rife. Then, suddenly, Brit kids picked up on this dumb habit. Except that over here it's just unpleasant. The kids are either 4 through to 8 accompanied by mum or dad (what's the statement here? - we approve of our kids begging for sweets?), or are teenagers looking for trouble. Why couldn't we import a more agreeable American custom, like fast service or cheaper consumer goods, or sports commentators who know what they're talking about? No - we've just got to pick on something which pisses off 90 per cent of the population.