Dub­boians split over freaky fes­tiv­ity

Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency Report - By LY­DIA PEDRANA

GHASTLY ghosts, spooky skele­tons and grue­some Grim Reapers will be out trick-or-treat­ing in force tonight, but opin­ions around Hal­loween re­main di­vided within the com­mu­nity.

asked read­ers on Face­book whether they get in­volved in this ghoul­ish cel­e­bra­tion and the feed­back was mixed.

While some be­lieve it is a good ex­cuse to dress up and have fun with their kids, oth­ers are dead against the haunted ho­cus po­cus.

Dubbo lo­cal Bindy-lee Horder said we should make the most of any chance to dress up.

“We have a ball trick or treat­ing, but it’s more so about en­joy­ing see­ing ev­ery­one dressed up than col­lect­ing lol­lies.”

Car­men Louise said she and her fam­ily “love” Hal­loween.

“The kids have a great time dress­ing up, (there is) noth­ing wrong with that.”

On the con­trary, some are not so keen on the zom­bie-laden fes­tiv­ity, with many cit­ing ‘stranger dan­ger’ as a con­cern and

NEWS/KEN SMITH oth­ers palm­ing it off as an “Amer­i­can lot of rub­bish that pro­motes sa­tanic wor­ship”.

Jen­nifer Ray­mond doesn’t be­lieve Hal­loween has a place within Aus­tralia, while Jes­sica Pease said cel­e­brat­ing Hal­loween is not a par­a­digm shift she is will­ing to take.

Emma Clare said: “I see it as a way of teach­ing our chil­dren that it is okay to take lol­lies from strangers, and that is so wrong, and I can’t see that peo­ple (should) let their chil­dren go around do­ing it.

“Plus, it’s Amer­i­can?” she added.

While many blame the Amer­i­cans for mak­ing Hal­loween, also known as

All Hal­lows Eve, it is be­lieved the tra­di­tion ac­tu­ally orig­i­nated from Celtic and Gaelic fes­ti­vals in Ire­land, even­tu­ally be­com­ing a Chris­tian ob­ser­vance.

Back in the 5th cen­tury, the Celtic new year was cel­e­brated at the end of sum­mer and it was thought that the spir­its of those who had died dur­ing the year would come back and find peo­ple to pos­sess.

As the leg­end goes, vil­lagers would dress up in fright­en­ing cos­tumes and pa­rade the streets to scare the spir­its away.

Where in our re­gion is shown in this satel­lite im­age?

Clue:

Govern­ment agency with many clients; large club across the road; cor­ner of a street and an av­enue.

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BLACK DOG IN­STI­TUTE will de­liver free men­tal health train­ing to GPS and Al­lied Health Pro­fes­sion­als work­ing in drought-af­fected Western NSW.

Funded by Western NSW Pri­mary Health Net­work (WNSW PHN) through the Aus­tralian Govern­ment’s Em­pow­er­ing our Com­mu­ni­ties ini­tia­tive, Black Dog will train GPS and health pro­fes­sion­als to bet­ter di­ag­nose, treat and man­age pa­tients in drought-af­fected ar­eas who present with a men­tal ill­ness.

“We en­cour­age any GPS and health pro­fes­sion­als in these re­gions to sign-up for the train­ing so we can en­sure the com­mu­nity has ac­cess to a safety net of suit­able men­tal health re­sources,“Black Dog In­sti­tute gen­eral prac­ti­tioner’s ser­vices con­sul­tant Dr Jan Or­man said.

“This train­ing will help health­care pro­fes­sion­als pro­vide the sup­port and treat­ment to peo­ple who are in need dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time,” WSNSW PHN CEO An­drew Har­vey said.

Train­ing in Dubbo is sched­uled for two Satur­days, Fe­bru­ary 1 and 15, 2020.

Thomas The Cat can’t wait for Hal­loween in Dubbo tonight. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/EMY LOU

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