Author T.J. Hamilton.
Author T.J. Hamilton.

Where’s the harm in kids having fun for Halloween?

HALLOWEEN is fast growing in popularity within Australia. There is also a great deal of criticism about Australians celebrating it, when it's not regarded as a local tradition.

Well, the thing is that not many of our celebrations are actually our own. Take Christmas and Easter - neither is Australian, yet we joyfully embrace those times of the year with great gusto.

What makes this particular celebration so opposed by us? Is it the celebration itself that's so macabre, that we don't seem to warm to it?

Or is it because it's become so commercially driven, thanks to our neighbours across the pond in America? Again the same can be argued for our Christmas and Easter traditions.

My husband and I love to celebrate Halloween, because ultimately it is about the kids having a great time.

When we lived in Sydney, it was so popular that our son would head off to a "trick or treat" party with his friends while my husband and I donned our most ghoulish costumes to go to a more adult party, hosted by one of our friends.

Traditionally speaking, it's supposed to be the one night of the year where the boundaries between the world of the living and the dead are so thin that the living-dead can be seen roaming around us.

Paired with the rise of love in all things zombie, there is plenty to celebrate with costuming and make-up.

At the end of the day, it's a little bit of fun that doesn't need to be so negative, and the smiles on the children when they're out trick or treating says it all - or perhaps that's the sugar overload?

I say stop fighting it and let the kids come to knock on your door, because as the tradition reads, the "trick" part is that the children are allowed to play a trick on the unsuspecting homeowner, in lieu of a treat!

It costs less than $10 to grab a packet of sweets to throw in a bowl and watch the excited faces of little ghost and Disney characters when they come knocking on your door.



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