Skip to content Skip to main navigation

Opinion

Canberra Writers Festival
For lovers of books, writing and reading

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

What’s Your opinion?


Post a comment
Please login to post your comments, or connect with
46 Responses to
Halloween & Trick or Treaters in Canberra
Thumper 8:09 am 22 Oct 13

All Hallow’s Eve, when the spirits of the dead rise from their graves and create mischief and mayhem amongst the living….

Grail 7:22 am 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.

Yup.

Masquara 11:37 pm 21 Oct 13

Howzabout all the parents in favour of trick or treat rock up to John Berry’s place and leave us Australians alone!

DrKoresh 11:06 pm 21 Oct 13

JC said :

voytek3 said :

Here it is: That is American. We are Australian. It has never and never will be a thing here. Anyone that encourages their snot nosed spawn to harass their needs to take off to the USA where they belong. If you do it in Gungahlin that’s your business though as that place is arguably the biggest hole in the southern hemisphere.

Actually it is Irish rather than American. The Irish took it with them when they started to settle in the US.

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

JC 9:57 pm 21 Oct 13

voytek3 said :

Here it is: That is American. We are Australian. It has never and never will be a thing here. Anyone that encourages their snot nosed spawn to harass their needs to take off to the USA where they belong. If you do it in Gungahlin that’s your business though as that place is arguably the biggest hole in the southern hemisphere.

Actually it is Irish rather than American. The Irish took it with them when they started to settle in the US.

DrKoresh 9:38 pm 21 Oct 13

nhand42 said :

It wasn’t a thing until the supermarkets started pushing it – no doubt they wanted the profits from a third “consumer” holiday in addition to Easter and Christmas – but it’s not something most people want.

Don’t get me started on the fecking supermarkets and all their tacky-arse decorations which are only hung about 6ft off the ground. Every time I’ve been to Woolies in the last month has seen me smacking my head into stupid pumpkins dangling from the roof and getting caught up in ghastly cotton “cob-webs”. It’s so transparent that they’re trying to push an extra holiday, if I weren’t so damn cynical and lazy I’d write a letter asking them to please stop being so patronising, but I know there’s nothing they won’t do if they think they can make a buck out of it.

gasman 7:44 pm 21 Oct 13

Having lived in Canada (where halloween is also celebrated) for 2 seasons, I should point out that the Australian version is completely missing the point.

In Canada, Halloween is almost like a giant, country-wide street party. Its dark and often a bit cold. The houses, almost all of them, are decorated and vividly lit up. The houses that participate (most) have their porch lights on. The kids are out on the streets, dressed up in amazing and creative costumes. Adults are out too, mixing, chatting, just being out. Cars are shunned that evening as everybody knows the kids are out. Its a big social occasion, and the candy is quite secondary.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 7:39 pm 21 Oct 13

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

It harms nobody you disgusting grumpy heartless swines.

Thumper 6:30 pm 21 Oct 13

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.

Woody Mann-Caruso 6:15 pm 21 Oct 13

no historical relevance to Australia

sad, tired argument is tired, sad

nhand42 6:06 pm 21 Oct 13

Kids watch American TV and get all excited thinking they’ll get big sacks full of sweets and lollies. Then are disappointed when the majority of households don’t participate. Let this horrible forced tradition die. It wasn’t a thing until the supermarkets started pushing it – no doubt they wanted the profits from a third “consumer” holiday in addition to Easter and Christmas – but it’s not something most people want.

Parents sometimes try and justify it by saying “its just a bit of fun for the kids” or “its a way to bring the community together”. Well, the majority of neighbours won’t even return a friendly “hello” during the year, so the community angle is bollocks. And if you want your kids to eat lollies and chips and biccies, then you give me supplies a few days in advance, because I’m not paying for your kids diabetes.

voytek3 6:05 pm 21 Oct 13

Here it is: That is American. We are Australian. It has never and never will be a thing here. Anyone that encourages their snot nosed spawn to harass their needs to take off to the USA where they belong. If you do it in Gungahlin that’s your business though as that place is arguably the biggest hole in the southern hemisphere.

steveu 5:47 pm 21 Oct 13

Sounds like good advice. Its reasonable in Australia for houses who want to be part of the trick or treat thing to put some sort of decoration outside their house to let people know. No decoration, dont approach house.

I think its fun for little kids, dont know why people want to whinge about it if they could think of the kids simply having a bit of fun.

Deref 5:37 pm 21 Oct 13

neanderthalsis said :

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

+1

Another American (originally British, I know) Hallmark Holiday.

I have no problems with the Yanks doing it – it has the force of long tradition behind it and kids love it. But it has absolutely no historical relevance to Australia – it’s a completely alien concept. Not only that, but as an Autumn harvest festival (punkins) it’s at entirely the wrong time of year.

Bah. Humbug.

neanderthalsis 4:09 pm 21 Oct 13

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

1 2 3 4

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2017 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
www.the-riotact.com | www.b2bmagazine.com.au | www.thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site