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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

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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? (-:

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