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Operation: Orange Balloons

oddsocks 25 October 2012 52

pumpkin balloon

Hi there Rioters,

Long time lurker, first time poster. I like to keep up to date with what is happening in our fair capital so regularly check in with the likes of The RiotACT and HerCanberra.

Stumbled upon a wonderful idea from Jacinta at HerCanberra earlier in the week and felt it deserved some wider coverage.

With so many of us Canberrans hailing from countries where Halloween is celebrated, it can be a bit of a let down when 31 October rolls around and the people of Australia do…nothing.

Who knew we were such party-poopers?

Well, I’m jumping on the bandwagon and will be telling anyone and everyone about Operation: Orange Balloons. The evenings are lighter and warmer now – perfect for a bit of trick or treating. And isn’t it time we got to know our neighbours over a bit of chocolate?

Happy Halloween everyone!


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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 12:30 pm 01 Nov 12

So many uptight grouches in this town.

We had a few groups of kids knock on the door. My little girls were very excited to hand out some chocolates i bought just for that night.

DrKoresh 11:43 am 01 Nov 12

nhand42 said :

And just because we adopt some traditions, doesn’t mean we have (or want) to adopt them all. We don’t celebrate Guy Fawkes Day, or Thanksgiving, or Chinese New Year. So what?

I think you’ll find that we do celebrate Chinese New Year here, or at least, Chinese-Australians do which is much like what happens in America, I imagine. Both countries have such a large proportion of Asian immigrants, many of whom retained and celebrate parts of their culture.

I’m pretty sure it’s a reasonably big deal here too, at least to the Chinese community. Around that time of year in Civic there always seems to be a gentleman of oriental persuasion handing out leaflets to what looks like a pretty fun party, though if I could read the language on the brochure I’d probably have a clearer idea of what it’s actually about.

Postalgeek 10:28 am 01 Nov 12

nhand42 said :

And Halloween as it’s being sold to us is a joke. It’s a bunch of kids begging for sweets, plastic junk that will be thrown out after 1 day, and if you don’t voluntarily participate your house is vandalised. No thanks. Keep that nasty version of Halloween in America. How about we adopt the east European version of Halloween with bonfires, pumpkin carving, soul cakes, and a eulogy for our dead relatives?

Perhaps we don’t get that version because it doesn’t give the retailers a chance to sell us plastic junk and coloured sugar.

I would’ve thought that people adopt what they want to adopt. Nobody is going to hand you the east European version of Halloween. That’s something you create for your own family and friends, if you want it.

Jethro 6:25 am 01 Nov 12

Crazy thing happened last night…. I didn’t put orange balloons outside my house, yet some children still took it upon themselves to knock on my door and ask me to give them lollies.

nhand42 10:19 pm 31 Oct 12

Danman said :

How many of the people bleeting about how we shouldn’t celebrate Halloween here support American labels in fashion, food, music, pop culture etc. How many of those same people celebrate Easter and Christmas yet wouldn’t know what either represents, let alone set foot in any religious institution that celebrates the apparent birth, death and resurrection of the claimed son of the cchristian god… Sounds like a good ole dose of hypocrisy?

Just sayin…

When we adopt traditions we prefer that to be a choice we make, rather than a “choice” that is forced on us by retailers.

Also when we adopt traditions we tend to make them “Australian”. Like Christmas in Australia is a lot different to Christmas in the USA.

And just because we adopt some traditions, doesn’t mean we have (or want) to adopt them all. We don’t celebrate Guy Fawkes Day, or Thanksgiving, or Chinese New Year. So what?

And Halloween as it’s being sold to us is a joke. It’s a bunch of kids begging for sweets, plastic junk that will be thrown out after 1 day, and if you don’t voluntarily participate your house is vandalised. No thanks. Keep that nasty version of Halloween in America. How about we adopt the east European version of Halloween with bonfires, pumpkin carving, soul cakes, and a eulogy for our dead relatives?

Perhaps we don’t get that version because it doesn’t give the retailers a chance to sell us plastic junk and coloured sugar.

maxblues 9:44 pm 31 Oct 12

Danman said :

How many of the people bleeting about how we shouldn’t celebrate Halloween here support American labels in fashion, food, music, pop culture etc. How many of those same people celebrate Easter and Christmas yet wouldn’t know what either represents, let alone set foot in any religious institution that celebrates the apparent birth, death and resurrection of the claimed son of the cchristian god… Sounds like a good ole dose of hypocrisy?

Just sayin…

Easter? Is that when Jeebers sacrificed himself so that we may all have a long long weekend?

Danman 9:35 pm 31 Oct 12

How many of the people bleeting about how we shouldn’t celebrate Halloween here support American labels in fashion, food, music, pop culture etc. How many of those same people celebrate Easter and Christmas yet wouldn’t know what either represents, let alone set foot in any religious institution that celebrates the apparent birth, death and resurrection of the claimed son of the cchristian god… Sounds like a good ole dose of hypocrisy?

Just sayin…

nhand42 9:06 pm 31 Oct 12

Tell you what. You come around ahead of time, drop off a bunch of sweets, then later you can bring your kids around and I’ll give the sweets back.

What, you want me to buy sweets for your kids? Go pumpkin yourself.

poetix 8:51 pm 31 Oct 12

Just had two little girls knock on my door and say ‘Halloween’. ‘Sorry, we don’t do that here,’ I said, feeling really mean. If we kept lollies in the house, I would have given them some. But firstly, I do see this as a tradition derived from America (even if it started elsewhere) and that annoys me, and secondly, I’m afraid anything that encourages children to knock on strangers’ doors is not a good idea. There may have been parents lurking at a distance, but I didn’t see them.

ladywriter 7:52 pm 31 Oct 12

We had someone drop leaflets in our neighbourhood mailboxes to stick on our letterbox or front door if we wanted kids to “trick or treat” at our place. So far they have worked a treat (excuse the pun) with most neighbours choosing to join in. Only a couple of houses have chosen not to participate and they have been left alone.

I reckon that if parents want their kids to overdose on sugar, then good luck to them. Mine are all grown up now, so it’s a nice way of seeing a few neighbours that I wouldn’t normally see and a bit of harmless fun. All the kids I’ve seen so far have put a lot of effort into their costumes and are excited, so anything that promotes people being nice to each other could only be good, surely…..?

tuco 7:15 pm 31 Oct 12

Let’s not forget Father’s day, another ‘Merican tradition

Still, it’s confusing when you live in Queanbeyan …

maxblues 6:53 pm 31 Oct 12

maxblues said :

Folk like puppeteer Ronald Brown love Halloween…it’s like free home delivery.

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Trying to work out whether you are for or against Halloween, or going on an anti-US campaign.

Wow. You got me. I’m totally against the US, and I’m totally against Halloween, as my multi-paragraph rant against hypocrites who are against the US and against Halloween clearly demonstrates.

Puppeteer Ronald Brown is American. He likes Halloween and kiddies, usually with a condiment.

Masquara 5:56 pm 31 Oct 12

Oddsocks here’s a Canberran who agrees with you – but none of the comments do!

http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4344272.html

Woody Mann-Caruso 10:07 am 27 Oct 12

Trying to work out whether you are for or against Halloween, or going on an anti-US campaign.

Wow. You got me. I’m totally against the US, and I’m totally against Halloween, as my multi-paragraph rant against hypocrites who are against the US and against Halloween clearly demonstrates.

maxblues 2:43 am 26 Oct 12

Folk like puppeteer Ronald Brown love Halloween…it’s like free home delivery.

rosscoact 1:19 am 26 Oct 12

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Is it really already that magical time of year when Rioters engage in a ‘Oim heaps more Strayuhn’n’youse’ ritual by proclaiming that they’re against Halloween because it’s American, but they’ll:

– watch American movies, watch American TV, listen to American music, eat American food, and wear American clothes;
– happily participate in other foreign traditions, like Christmas trees, Easter, and Oktoberfest (and Irish and Scottish traditions in particular, like St Patrick’s Day); and
– ignore that Halloween is a well-established Christian holiday, with the word originating in Scotland, and is celebrated in Ireland and Scotland as well as around the world?

Onya, tough c***s! Your insecurities are completely obscured. (Quick, time to torrent whatever’s on HBO.)

Let’s not forget Fathers day, another ‘Merican tradition

MonarchRepublic 12:22 am 26 Oct 12

Why are people so up tight about this? If you want to opt in, opt in. Otherwise, don’t. In earlier years, living in a street-facing 3rd floor apartment, I used to enjoy cutting out monster shapes from cardboard and sticking them to the window, so passers-by could enjoy the silhouettes. I’m hoping some of the kids around my current accommodation want to trick-or-treat, as I’ve got an automated Dalek I’d love to greet them with 🙂

poetix 11:24 pm 25 Oct 12

This thread needs to have a competition with the Centenary ‘what do you like about Canberra?’ one for the funniest negativity expressed after a positive OP. Totally hilarious and quite heartening to see how people refuse to be pushed into meaningless happiness. (-:

http://the-riotact.com/the-centenary-wants-to-know-what-you-like-about-canberra/86586

wildturkeycanoe 10:06 pm 25 Oct 12

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Is it really already that magical time of year when Rioters engage in a ‘Oim heaps more Strayuhn’n’youse’ ritual by proclaiming that they’re against Halloween because it’s American, but they’ll:

– watch American movies, watch American TV, listen to American music, eat American food, and wear American clothes;
– happily participate in other foreign traditions, like Christmas trees, Easter, and Oktoberfest (and Irish and Scottish traditions in particular, like St Patrick’s Day); and
– ignore that Halloween is a well-established Christian holiday, with the word originating in Scotland, and is celebrated in Ireland and Scotland as well as around the world?

Onya, tough c***s! Your insecurities are completely obscured. (Quick, time to torrent whatever’s on HBO.)

Troubled by something?
Halloween is not a Christian holiday, it’s a pagan ritual influenced by Christian ideas. It only became a holiday in America when the Irish and Scottish migrated en mass.
If only there were more Aussie programs worthwhile watching. What makes food or clothing American anyway?
Trying to work out whether you are for or against Halloween, or going on an anti-US campaign.
To be honest, we Australians have no real traditions or holidays as our history is pretty plain and boring, so we just celebrate whatever we can to break up the year. Make Melbourne cup a national day off I say!

Woody Mann-Caruso 7:21 pm 25 Oct 12

I’ll bet none of the Halloween decorations we see this year will be home-made.

How much do I get? All of our decorations are home made.

But *gasp* I think some of the paint was made in China! Does that make me a Communist as well as an American sympathiser-traitor?

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