Why Australians cackle in the face of Halloween
By , just over half of adults celebrated Halloween. traditions with them to America, used the celebration to strengthen community ties. Yes, hating on Halloween is an annual tradition in Australia. The argument typically goes like this: Halloween is a form of American cultural. Halloween in Australia means not knowing fake cobwebs and the last few decades, the kids started to get really addicted to American culture.
I also try and buy treats he doesn't particularly like, although he has been know to eat those as well. Be careful who you leave in charge of handing out treats at home. It happens every year. Last year everyone on my street was looking for a little five-year-old boy dressed as a vampire.
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He had accidentally joined another group and they didn't know they had him until they returned home and were like, "Who are you? Pre-warn them of this rule. It is sooooo embarrassing when they say stuff like that. One treat each, ONLY. Any extras go to Mum. No trampling of garden beds in the rush to the front door.
Stand back so the poor people can open their doors to give you treats! Trick or Treating comes with very specific rules. Instead, only knock on doors with either a. Decorations out the front or, b.
Someone holding a bowl of treats and smiling. Knocking on the doors of homes of those who aren't willing to participate is obnoxious. And yes, they are well within their rights to turn the hose on all of you. There are the daylight kids who are younger and are accompanied by their parents who tend to fall into an exhausted and sugar-stupified sleep by 7pm.
Then there are the older children who wait until the sun sets and then run around like demented demons knocking on doors and terrifying residents. Majority of them were dressed as killer clowns last year and I have a funny feeling there will be more of them this year.
Why has Halloween become so popular among adults?
So, save some treats for them. The second-wavers are very, very scary.
Halloween is only fun before the sun sets. A quick scan of the supermarket shelves this Halloween shows them haunted by pre-decorated pumpkins, witches' hats, vampire dress-up sets, rubber skeletons and glow-in-the-dark pitchforks. And, for adults, Woolworths is even selling a range of pumpkin-flavoured beer.
How Aussies Do Halloween So Differently From Americans
Woolworths media relations manager Brook Benedict said the chain had forecast a 25 per cent increase in trade this Halloween. And supermarkets are not alone in their pursuit of a slice of the Halloween pumpkin pie, with confectioners and other producers joining in. Cadbury has released a so-called "Screme egg" - a play on words of their Easter Creme Egg - that comes complete with green goo, while Google reports that the number of Halloween-related searches has doubled over the past six years.
And ever-protective of their patch, pumpkin producers, too, are also going in search of an ever greater piece of this commercial coven. Fresh produce wholesaler Moraitis is expecting to sell aboutHalloween pumpkins this season to supermarkets and grocers - up from to when they began about 14 years ago.
Moraitis Group general manager for national retail solutions, Michael Antico, said the company had also increased its jack-o'-lantern pumpkin planting 30 to 40 per cent annually in the past few years to keep up with demand.
Halloween isn't just an American holiday anymore - let's embrace that
While there are no comprehensive figures available that quantify the increase in Halloween spending, Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman suggested the growing interest in Halloween is part of a trend towards adopting "global" celebrations.
Retailers, Mr Zimmerman said, were simply getting into the spirit by offering the products and services that consumers were demanding. Today's Halloween seems a long way removed from its pastoral and pagan beginnings. Despite its contemporary American overtones of schlock-horror movies and blood-splattered TV specials, Halloween is commonly considered to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.
During Samhain, the Celts set a place at the table for departed ancestors, lit bonfires, donned costumes and went from house-to-house in disguise - an early echo of the 51 per cent of Australians with primary school-aged children who plan to get involved in Halloween activities this year.
For those trying to fathom the increasing popularity of Halloween, McCrindle Research data released this month may be instructive.