TRICK IS TO GO FOR THE TREAT
LIKE many Australians before me, I have finally given in to celebrating Halloween. I thought it was a plague on our society – an overdone, over-commercialised and sycophantic re-creation of American movies. Unfortunately, commercialisation is taken to the nth degree and tends to put people off – Christmas in July anyone? Halloween dates back to the celebration of Samhain, an ancient Gaelic festival where people would dress up and light bonfires to ward off ghosts. Modern-day Halloween is a far cry from its pagan origins and generally involves carved pumpkins, scary costumes and rubber spiders. At the end of the day, it seems to revolve around family togetherness, shared merriment and lollies, so I decided if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. This Halloween I will don a costume for a spooky party and I may even put out some sweets: only if they are lollies, though – not candy.