Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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.

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