Halloween in Australia

  last edited: Thu, 01 Nov 2007 08:57:58 +1100  from Diary and Other Rantings
We were warned not to expect much - that Halloween is an 'American' holiday that just isn't practiced here.

The numbers tell a different story.

As far as children are concerned, it was about 97% participation. We had 30-40 visitors at the door, which accounts for every kid in the neighborhood except for 1 girl across the street who didn't join in.

As far as adults are concerned, the participation rate was about half. Many folks had the TV on in the living room, but didn't come to the door. Couldn't be bothered. Of the half that participated, it was quite common of them to run out of lollies (candy). It's a new neighborhood, and they probably expected about a dozen kids, which is what we were told the youth population was a year ago.

Now I took a group of my daughter's friends around the block - six in all. Five had never done Halloween before. Upon knowing this fact, I didn't expect much, but there were kids in costume everywhere. It was quite funny that these girls were more concerned with their costumes and various wardrobe malfunctions than they were about getting to the next house. It took 45 minutes to get through one little cul-de-sac of about 10 houses, and almost an hour to get down the next side street. Obviously amateurs. We saw some teen-age boys that had it down - they came back around probably three times before we finally shooed them away at 9:30. I'm sure they covered the entire east side of town - because if I was their age, I would've been one of them.

So to say Halloween isn't really practiced here isn't entirely true. It has a solid foothold, and with such high children participation rates,  it's only a matter of time.
Hi Mike No one participated in Halloween in the rural fringes of Robertson, (down my way). But that's a factor of the demographics, I guess. Hardly any kids here. I did hear from friends, of a group of girls getting dressed up for the event. And that confirms your comment on the importance of the wardrobe for them. It was the "Dress-up" part of the event which appealed to them, it seems. Myself, I am a "nay-sayer" on Halloween. I'm too old to have grown up with it. Cheers Denis