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Operation: Orange Balloons

By oddsocks - 25 October 2012 52

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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!

What’s Your opinion?


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52 Responses to
Operation: Orange Balloons
poetix 2:39 pm 25 Oct 12

Somehow I think that JB did the tags to this article…

trevar 2:28 pm 25 Oct 12

bd84 said :

Fair enough if you wish to do something to “celebrate”, but keep it to yourself and any of your willing friends by having a halloween party or something. That way you don’t harass the neighbours and waste your time going from door to door to have people tell you to get lost.. Politely..

bd84, why don’t you read and understand the OP before ranting? The idea is that only those who fit the description of ‘willing’ would put these balloons outside their house, so that you don’t go harassing the neighbours unless you’re invited. So the OP is supporting an idea that is a little more advanced than yours but still addresses your underlying concern that you’ll have little brats knocking on your door that you’ll have to go to the unreasonable bother of telling to get lost.

Seems like a good idea to me.

Of course I won’t bother with it, but if my kids earnestly desire to go and seek lollies from someone else, I’m not going to keep them at home to bother me about it! Bring on the orange balloons!

Duffbowl 2:14 pm 25 Oct 12

It’s not American in origin, but has been developed into an American tradition.

The older members of my family in Scouseland celebrate Samhain with traditions that are similar to those used for Halloween, including the carving of root vegetables.

My Gran told stories of going around the village in Wiltshire, collecting soul cakes.

That said, I don’t celebrate Halloween in the American tradition, and could do without the local kids knocking on the door.

Zan 2:05 pm 25 Oct 12

I do not like balloons. they fly through the air and you don’t know the havoc they create. Land in streams, ponds, lakes, seas and fish tries to eat it and it kills. Not only that whatever is tied to the balloon to stop it deflating gets tangled in trees, bushes and gets caught around birds and because they are made by poly somethings it is hard to untangle and get off the bird. Bird now dead. So sad. Stick to pumpkins as they are biodegradable.

Rant over

EvanJames 2:04 pm 25 Oct 12

laneoneform said :

Plus you’ll still have plenty of opportunity to shake your fist out the window at other people having fun.

Turning the hose on them is more fun.

Halloween is SO pointless here, the bloody thing is a harvest festival for one thing… it’s spring here, no harvest. We have no tradition of halloween, we’re not a bunch of ex-devil-worshipping loons.

I enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving in the US, but they’re very US-specific. Especially thanksgiving. You’d be amazed the number of yanks who are susprised that Thanksgiving isn’t a world celebration, like Xmas. Given what thanksgiving is giving thanks FOR, you really have to wonder.

Onceler 2:02 pm 25 Oct 12

edit: “THE coming of spring”. Sorry.

Onceler 1:56 pm 25 Oct 12

Halloween is an autumn festival; hence the pumpkins. Orange balloons are probably an easier option if you’d rather celebrate it in the spring. Just like Easter celebrates to coming of spring: renewal of life after the long, dormant winter. Every time these festivals come around I’m reminded of how disconnected we are from nature’s cycles. It depresses me.

NoImRight 1:53 pm 25 Oct 12

“With so many of us Canberrans hailing from countries where Halloween is celebrated”

What other countries celebrate halloween apart from the US and US wannabes?

DrKoresh 1:41 pm 25 Oct 12

HerCanberra? Ye Gods, that looks stupid. I was about to complain about women only forums being a breeding ground of vacuous, shallow nonsense but I don’t think it’s limited to their gender, male-only forums tend to be just as heinous, if for different reasons.

But I guess you can’t blame people for wanting to get together and blather on about crap. RA has its fair share of blathering too, but I like the think the subject matter usually has a bit more substance.

RedDogInCan 1:41 pm 25 Oct 12

With so many of us Canberrans hailing from countries where Halloween is celebrated,

The 2006 census showed that 21.7% were born overseas. The largest group of people born overseas came from English-speaking countries, led by the United Kingdom and then New Zealand. Significant numbers of immigrants have also come from China, India and Vietnam.

Yes, there are so many Yanks over here that they don’t even rank in the top 5 countries of origin but they still want to enforce their cultural crap on us. Even those from the UK, where Halloween originated, consider it to be a minor event.

laneoneform said :

I like it. Surely if this catches on it will result in less neighbours getting harassed…

Great, and then we can introduce legislation prohibiting unwrapped lollies because we don’t trust strangers handing lollies to our kids.

Me? I’ll be finishing my tax return – anyone knocking at my front door won’t be in for a treat.

shirty_bear 1:25 pm 25 Oct 12

If you must import a seppo tradition, please make it Thanksgiving.

Halloween is vapid and clearly being driven by the retail sector. And kids hoping for free junk/food. It represents all the crappiest aspects of xmas.

Thanksgiving is the other side of the coin, much like we think xmas should be; family & friends, happiness & gratitude. A far more worthy addition to the calendar.

stillflying 1:25 pm 25 Oct 12

What bd84 said.

Scuse me if I don’t want to waste my time and money on an American holiday. I’ve done a few costume parties for halloween in the past, but that’s all it’s gone to. I find it a pointless holiday, very americanised, and I’m just not interested. Never have been. Just recently moved to a neighbourhood with a lot of kids in the street, most of them squatty little fatties with ugg-boot wearing beer-in-hand slurring drunken yells down the street parents. Of course renting you can’t really complain that much, but they definitely don’t need more sugar.

laneoneform 1:14 pm 25 Oct 12

bd84 said :

Fair enough if you wish to do something to “celebrate”, but keep it to yourself and any of your willing friends by having a halloween party or something. That way you don’t harass the neighbours and waste your time going from door to door to have people tell you to get lost.. Politely..

I like it. Surely if this catches on it will result in less neighbours getting harassed… if you want to take part stick a balloon up, if you don’t then don’t. Requires zero effort on your part if you don’t want to join in.

Plus you’ll still have plenty of opportunity to shake your fist out the window at other people having fun.

bd84 1:00 pm 25 Oct 12

Why not name it operation: annoy your neighbours begging for a tradition that has no point and is not celebrated in this country.

Fair enough if you wish to do something to “celebrate”, but keep it to yourself and any of your willing friends by having a halloween party or something. That way you don’t harass the neighbours and waste your time going from door to door to have people tell you to get lost.. Politely..

maxblues 12:42 pm 25 Oct 12

Orange Balloons? I don’t want to be snarky, but I thought that was Snooky.

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