Go on, get into the spirit
HAIR-RAISER OR FUNDRAISER? YOU CHOOSE THIS HALLOWEEN
NOT SO long ago, Halloween barely registered as a blip on Australia’s cultural radar, apart from The Simpsons’ annual spookfest.
In the past few years, though, Halloween has become a big deal. That has kept lollymakers happy but has also triggered a bit of debate.
Some grumble that we shouldn’t follow an American tradition that means nothing to us, or that it is just another excuse for shops to sell stuff. Others see it as harmless fun for children who can’t wait to pop in the fake fangs and a couple of blood capsules.
One thing I’ve noticed is that Halloween has developed a real community feel.
Whole streets get into the spirit (see what I did there?) as houses are festooned with spider webs and ghoulish decorations, neighbours dress up and come together for street parties, and clubs hold family nights.
If Halloween brings communities together for a bit of fun, it has got my vote.
If you are still not con- vinced, you could consider swapping the hair-raising for fundraising and use the day to help a charity.
Healthy Bones Australia, for example, runs Scream for Halloween to raise money for osteoporosis awareness and research.
If you are out trick-or- treating on October 31, stay safe and make sure the kids are supervised. If you are at home doling out goodies, please stock up on Clinkers. They are my favourite.
Halloween on October 31 falls on a Saturday this year. Don’t forget the trick-or-treaters!