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Halloween pumpkins?

By Aleximus - 23 October 2008 56

Quick question.

An American friend of mine is holding a halloween party and I want to get some of those orange pumpkins to carve for the party.

Anybody seen any in the shops?

yummy pumpkin brains!

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Helen 10:25 am 27 Oct 10

Dacquiri said :

News flash! Coles Jamison has the orange American pumpkins!!!!!! (OK, yeah, I was excited, as it saved me a trip from Belco to Fyshwick Mkts). They are $4/kg, and the biggest ones (not as big as the Fyshwick pumpkins usually are) cost $16-$17, which is pretty reasonable. Not sure whether all Coles stores are selling them.

Woolies at Kippax has them too – I think they were priced at $2.50/kg, but I didn’t look that closely.

Me no fry 10:24 am 27 Oct 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

But let’s all celebrate Oktoberfest! Sure, they tried to kill us all. Twice last century alone. But it’s only cultural imperialism if it’s American. There are no ‘Germanisms’, it seems.

The Germans are a no-nonsense bunch of people who drink proper beer. What’s not to like? OK, so they killed some of my rellies, bombed my grandparent’s house and tried to machine-gun my mum as she walked to school, but all is forgiven now!

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:31 am 27 Oct 10

But let’s all celebrate Oktoberfest! Sure, they tried to kill us all. Twice last century alone. But it’s only cultural imperialism if it’s American. There are no ‘Germanisms’, it seems.

    johnboy 9:38 am 27 Oct 10

    Six weeks leave a year, free tertiary education, high value manufacturing economy…

    They’re not wrong about everything!

chrissy66 11:50 pm 26 Oct 10

was a little surprised by the suggestion that one of the reasons we shouldn’t have halloween in australia is because it is the wrong time of the year here. Well if thats the case we shouldn’t celebrate christmas or easter here either. Easter is the celebration of new life, represented by the egg, spring is the season of new life. Here it is autumn when easter is celebrated. Christmas conjures images of roaring fires (yule logs), snow, sleds, hot food and mulled wine. None of those things belong in an Australian summer. Yes the U.S have made halloween what it is but traditionaly it is a pagan festival with british roots.

Dacquiri 3:37 pm 17 Oct 10

News flash! Coles Jamison has the orange American pumpkins!!!!!! (OK, yeah, I was excited, as it saved me a trip from Belco to Fyshwick Mkts). They are $4/kg, and the biggest ones (not as big as the Fyshwick pumpkins usually are) cost $16-$17, which is pretty reasonable. Not sure whether all Coles stores are selling them.

tylersmayhem 12:49 pm 24 Oct 08

Guys, thanks for the sociological analysis … I really was only after suggestions about where to buy a pumpkin as a party prop for a homesick American.

Good old RA working it’s charm 🙂

Granny 10:12 am 24 Oct 08

We do rock, BerraBoy68!

My mum has a thing for fighter pilots so I have always stayed the hell away from them. Risky business or something.

*tee hee*

Okay, because it is you I promise not to hide in the bushes in my ogre suit with a pitchfork when the kids come around!

And I might get them some milo to go with their weetbix and vegemite!

: )

Gerry-Built 10:23 pm 23 Oct 08

OMG – that “Hannibal-esque” pumpkin “sculpture” that accompanied the original post was COOL!!!

Just play “pick and choose” when it comes to cultural “tradition” (I’d have a go at pumpkin carving, but not so keen on “trick or treat”ers). No need to be anti-American, we are a multicultural nation, and as much as many of you would disagree, America has a culture 😉

You know what, just ’cause Macca’s HAS a cheeseburger, doesn’t mean you have to eat it! (besides, there are enough Charnies in Canberra to ensure Macca’s and Dominos are supported for years to come)…

BerraBoy68 9:54 pm 23 Oct 08

While you know I love you Granny (seriously, if you ever grow bored with Gramps, call me!) Halloween has a whole new meaning for me this year. While I used to hate American festivities being absorbed into in Aust (why I hear fireworks on 4th July always frustrates me) I’ve become friends this year with a bona-fide American ‘hero’. What this means is I’ve had first hand experience of their festivities as a ‘party inducing experience’ and I have to say, ‘let loose and enjoy life’.

My new friend is the USAF’s most senior F-16 pilot and a real USAF Thunderbird to boot (yes, I really am just a little boy in long pants with a fighter plane fetish) and he, his wife and son have really gotten my family into the US holiday spirit. While it may not last in Australia, it is certainly worth trying, at least once. (btw: his family have cured me of my American’o’phobia)

That said, despite his being one of the US’s most senior fighter pilots, my new mate is certain that once he finishes his next posting (Hawaii for 18 months) he’s bringing his family back here (“yea baby,Canberra”) to live. He honestly reckons we rock! Now get your heads around that, RA’ers…

rottweiler 9:08 pm 23 Oct 08

i just have to stay AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE prawn on the barbie football beach cricket thongs and stubbies why do we keep following other countries traditions god it annoys me were AUSSIE not yanks

Granny 8:15 pm 23 Oct 08

Well that’s ok then! And tell him Granny says g’day ….

: )

Aleximus 8:10 pm 23 Oct 08

Guys, thanks for the sociological analysis … I really was only after suggestions about where to buy a pumpkin as a party prop for a homesick American.

I promise I will buy it from Woollies in Dickson … and won’t even look at McDonald’s on the way past

nyssa76 6:12 pm 23 Oct 08

But then you would have been ‘forced’ to endure the holidays you are against.

Here’s my spin on it:

Halloween is originally a Celtic Holiday ‘Samhain’ that was first taken over by the Romans and then the Church.

So what if the Yanks bastardised it? Other cultures did WAY before they did.

I like Halloween. I hate Thanksgiving. I love Australia Day and I hate Easter.

It’s your own personal choice what you choose to celebrate.

If trick-or-treaters come to your door, you do have the choice to say “Sorry I don’t celebrate Halloween”.

Granny 6:01 pm 23 Oct 08

Good grief! WMC, you celebrate what you like your way, and I’ll celebrate or not as I choose. Now is this ok with you?

I actually love Americans. I even went there once a long time ago. The men were very sexy. There were like the ‘yup and nope’ Texan cowboys and the more sophisticated ‘corfee’ New York Italians, and the clean cut yet beautiful Brady Bunch ‘can I carry your books?’ types from Orlando Florida, not to mention Bill the Biker, and the I’m Mr Cool California in my convertible types, and the hot Hispanic Latin types.

Also, I didn’t really want to come home.

peterh 5:31 pm 23 Oct 08

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

thanksgiving on the 4th of July too!

Thanksgiving isn’t in July.

If it’s good enough for the Yanks

And there it is. Blind, pig-ignorant but oh-so-popular anti-American sentiment. Never mind, the rest of you, with your coy and cryptic references to McDonalds and the “I’m don’t hate America, but…” stuff – tyler has the intellectual honesty to come right out and say what’s on all your minds.

You’re a bunch of hypocrites. You celebrate all the other holidays in the same way they’re celebrated in the US because you’ve grown up with them, gutsing yourself all year long on American television, American movies, American music and American food. But not Hallowe’en – that’s for the Yanks, and I only watch the ABC, and that McDonalds is simply dreadful. “Harvest festivals have no relevance here”, you cry, but you’ll sure as hell celebrate the Yule midwinter festival in the middle of summer, complete with a German pine tree, Chinese tinsel, Taiwanese lights shaped like icicles, American carols and a dead Turkish saint wearing an American soft drink company’s colours. Way to stem the red, white and blue tide. Sheeple.

WMC, halloween is not an america only festival. it was called all hallows eve by the british, and stems back to the celts. it is just another religious festival commercialised…

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