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Halloween & Trick or Treaters in Canberra

By MyGungahlin 21 October 2013 46

A couple of weeks back we had a very active discussion on our Facebook page about Halloween. One thing this discussion proved is Halloween in Australia is still a vexed event. Some people were for it presenting arguments such as it’s a good way to get out to meet neighbours. Some people were against it with their concerns around child safety and commercialisation.

In our original post we suggested if you were willing to be called upon for Trick or Treaters to either decorate the front of your home with Halloween items or simply place an orange balloon out the front. One person suggested even a simple picture of a pumpkin on the letterbox as another idea (search Google). Others suggested leaving your light on was an indication of willing to participate but this may not necessarily be a safe bet.

Our recommendation is if you are wanting to take your kids out Trick or Treating is to letterbox your neighbours and advise. Include with your note an orange balloon or picture of a Halloween pumpkin advising them to stick them out the front if they are willing to be visited. I would also suggest including a picture that indicates they clearly DO NOT want Trick or Treaters (search Google). This makes it a simple option for your neighbours to opt-in or clearly show they have no interest to participate.

For those that don’t want to be called upon by Trick or Treaters the recommendation above of printing out a picture showing you don’t want to be visited by Trick or Treaters is a good idea to avoid being disturbed.

If you would like to read up on the history of Halloween see this entry on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween


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Grimm 3:46 pm 24 Oct 13

Would it be in poor taste to make my costume Herbert from Family Guy and offer lollies and shoulder rubs?

La_Tour_Maubourg 3:46 pm 24 Oct 13

For those who complain of the children who arrive upon their Crown Lease and “demand” lollies, I’d suggest go to Woolworths/Big W etc and buy the Halloween lollies which are significantly cheaper ($5-$10 a pack) than other lollies, be a sport and give some to whoever arrives at your doorstep.

You will have instant respect by the kids and their friends, and not be known as the “tightar$e” house in which an egging/toilet-papering may be imminent.

Stevian 3:35 pm 24 Oct 13

astrojax said :

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

shouldn’t this be held in the southern hemisphere at an appropriate time of the year [say, april…], when the fields are going fallow? or not at all..?

Because you celebrate Christmas in June and Easter in September, don’t you?

well no, but these aren’t premised on seasons as is halloween, are they?

Actually they are

Dilandach 3:14 pm 24 Oct 13

I’m quite looking forward to trick or treating at Johnboy’s halloween themed house this year dressed as Mr Gillespie.

poetix 2:42 pm 24 Oct 13

astrojax said :

mmmm, pumpkin pie…

hang on, isn’t pumpkin an autumnal vegetable? shouldn’t this be held in the southern hemisphere at an appropriate time of the year [say, april…], when the fields are going fallow? or not at all..?

i think we have too much ‘celebration’ and not enough reflection; and the younger generation (hell, most of the older one, too) just don’t get the deeper reasons why we commemorate many of the festivities they enjoy.

Can we save the annual Christmas debate for December? (-:

astrojax 2:13 pm 24 Oct 13

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

shouldn’t this be held in the southern hemisphere at an appropriate time of the year [say, april…], when the fields are going fallow? or not at all..?

Because you celebrate Christmas in June and Easter in September, don’t you?

well no, but these aren’t premised on seasons as is halloween, are they?

    johnboy 2:26 pm 24 Oct 13

    Easter as a spring festival of renewal and Christmas as a midwinter festival celebrating the winter solstice (and the lengthening of the days thereafter) are about as seasonal as it’s possible to get.

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:47 pm 24 Oct 13

shouldn’t this be held in the southern hemisphere at an appropriate time of the year [say, april…], when the fields are going fallow? or not at all..?

Because you celebrate Christmas in June and Easter in September, don’t you?

BimboGeek 1:31 pm 24 Oct 13

Well there’s no point having a lolly festival. If anyone wants to have a proper community evening or a celebration of the dead or any of the other things Halloween has traditionally meant, then bring it on! As a little girl the Brownies organised a trick or treat run but it was to the houses of specific volunteers who had been organised in advance.

thebrownstreak69 12:30 pm 24 Oct 13

astrojax said :

mmmm, pumpkin pie…

hang on, isn’t pumpkin an autumnal vegetable? shouldn’t this be held in the southern hemisphere at an appropriate time of the year [say, april…], when the fields are going fallow? or not at all..?

i think we have too much ‘celebration’ and not enough reflection; and the younger generation (hell, most of the older one, too) just don’t get the deeper reasons why we commemorate many of the festivities they enjoy.

International Talk Like A Pirate day being a good example.

astrojax 12:26 pm 24 Oct 13

mmmm, pumpkin pie…

hang on, isn’t pumpkin an autumnal vegetable? shouldn’t this be held in the southern hemisphere at an appropriate time of the year [say, april…], when the fields are going fallow? or not at all..?

i think we have too much ‘celebration’ and not enough reflection; and the younger generation (hell, most of the older one, too) just don’t get the deeper reasons why we commemorate many of the festivities they enjoy.

thebrownstreak69 11:43 am 24 Oct 13

I have my dried asparagus sticks all ready to go. Definitely treat time for the neighbourhood kiddies at our house!

Postalgeek 10:37 am 24 Oct 13

Gungahlin Al said :

I intend%u2014weather permitting%u2014to set up a telescope or two in the driveway and take the opportunity to show kids the night sky (to the extent that we can see it through our new-suburb-streetlights-on-steroids).

I understand the Skull Nebula NGC 246 will be up… 🙂

Whereas I will set up a seat and some cushions in a semi circle on the ground and regale the children with the philosophical writings of Hegel, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and end on a light note with a bit of Kafka. The kids are in for a proper treat, none of this candy stuff.

Gungahlin Al 10:20 am 24 Oct 13

I intend—weather permitting—to set up a telescope or two in the driveway and take the opportunity to show kids the night sky (to the extent that we can see it through our new-suburb-streetlights-on-steroids).

I understand the Skull Nebula NGC 246 will be up… 🙂

Queen_of_the_Bun 11:29 pm 23 Oct 13

Grail said :

neanderthalsis said :

My plans for catering for trick or treaters involves sitting on my porch praticing my “git orf ma lawn” yell.

Yup.

I’m going to dress up like a zombie and wait for the little ones to knock on the door – it will be fun….

Queen_of_the_Bun 11:27 pm 23 Oct 13

Thumper said :

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

no historical relevance to Australia

sad, tired argument is tired, sad

Strange, I didn’t even know what Halloween was until I lived in the US for three years in the late 70s. Even stranger was I came back to Australia and no-one had any idea what it was either, for another 10 or so years. In fact, maybe more…

Having said that, I have no problem with it.

Really? I remember trick or treating in Brisbane in the early 80s as a teenager. Queensland must not be as backward as Johnboy would have us all believe.

cantdance 8:39 pm 23 Oct 13

I don’t like Halloween simply because I don’t appreciate other people’s children coming to my door and demanding lollies. I don’t have children, I don’t eat lollies, I have a limited budget and I don’t care to spend what little money I have spare on feeding your children sweets. And don’t get me started on the teenagers getting in on the act. Get a job and buy your own lollies.

Instead of bugging the neighbours, why not create a treasure hunt instead. Buy your own lollies and treats and hide them in various places in your own back yard for your kids to find.

Henry82 12:22 am 23 Oct 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

The kids love it. Why try to take it away from them?.

If the kids love it so much, why don’t you drop off lollies at your neighbors houses?

I’m sure if lollies were replaced by steamed vegetables, the event would lose it’s touch.

nhand42 8:52 pm 22 Oct 13

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Likewise, nobody whining about Halloween gives a fig about history – they just hate Americans .

Pfft. I hate all nationalities equally.

Of all the overly-marketed consumer holidays, Halloween is by far the worst. A decadent display of frivolous consumerism, wrapped up with the big-lie that it’s “for the kids”. The kids don’t give a flying hoot about the costumes or the display. They just want the sweets. Try a Halloween with no sweets, see how interested they are the following year.

And even worse, rather than Easter or Christmas where at least the parents pay for their children’s descent into diabetes. On Halloween they expect their *neighbours* to foot the bill. Not only for the sweets, but also for the entertainment.

Here’s an idea. This year for Christmas I’ll come banging on your door and demand “presents and dessert”. If you don’t give me a brandy custard dessert and a decent gift, I’ll toilet paper your house.

JC 6:59 pm 22 Oct 13

DrKoresh said :

Celtic, to be precise. But it’s definitely an American thing now, nowhere else celebrates it at anywhere near the same scale.

Try Ireland and the UK. Having lived for 4 years in the UK it surprised me how entrenched the ‘tradition’ is there. That’s when I did some research and found out where it all originated from, and yes you are right Celtic is more correct than saying Irish.

EvanJames 4:06 pm 22 Oct 13

neanderthalsis said :

My plans for catering for trick or treaters involves sitting on my porch praticing my “git orf ma lawn” yell.

Works even better with a hose. Hoses are very Australian, when employed against Jehova’s Witnesses, Vacuum cleaner salesman, and greedy kids after lollies in an inappropriate way.

Or, for delayed fun, get unwrapped lollies, shake in a bag with chilli powder, and be generous. Or the old raw onions on sticks and dipped in toffee trick…

and then you can hose them.

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