Discussion: Why Australia Needs Halloween

Boys and girls of every age – wouldn’t you like to see something strange? Come with us and you will see, this our town of Halloween…

This is Halloween! This is Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! HALLOWEEN!

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It’s both a tragic and deeply depressing truth but Halloween isn’t really a thing in Australia. *gasps*. The fact remains that while the rest of the world is celebrating the harvest season, down under we are in the height of spring.  Needless to say, unfortunately pumpkins are in short supply.

But that won’t stop this girl from celebrating the spooky month with the appropriate moody reading material and way too much enthusiasm. Sue me.

Since I was in school, Australia has been ever-so-slowly playing catch-up but Halloween still isn’t nationally celebrated and it’s definitely not mainstream. Sure, you’ll see a few little kids out and about with pumpkin shaped buckets but, Halloween isn’t fully embraced. Not yet anyway.

Talk about a missed opportunity!

At it’s core, Halloween is about community- sorry kids, but it’s not just the ghouls and candy. Deeply rooted in the Celtic festival Samhain, Halloween celebrates neighborhood by encouraging connection and unity with trick-or-treating and festivities. So why then are there so many opposing opinions? Maybe it’s the stigma of demon worship and witch craft? Maybe it’s the whole stranger-danger thing?  Or, is it American commercialization?

See what I mean – there isn’t one simple answer. What ever the reason though, any holiday which evokes the sense of community and inspires the embracing of different cultures should be recognized. That is why Australia, and Australian’s alike, need Halloween. With the general political climate, we could all use a little more unity.

But unity and neighborhood aside, Halloween is a holiday which, much like Christmas spreads so much joy and happiness. And I’m not just talking about the kids. Halloween gives us the chance to completely gorge ourselves on candy and chocolate, forsaking our waistlines. It’s the chance to get creative, designing fun, ironic costumes to show off at parties and spooky events. Then there’s the Halloween specials, the scary movies and, of course – pumpkin spice lattes!

The plus side? Halloween doesn’t require messy family reunions or dinners and there’s no need to exchange cards or gifts. I mean, what’s not to love???

But all is not gloom and doom;

With each year the Halloween isles are getting bigger and brighter. With social media and pop culture playing a huge role in the shaping of the millennial revolution, young Australians are clamoring for Halloween to be acknowledged. And it isn’t as far away as it would seem. Melbourne’s Spooktober and Luna Park’s Luna Dark are uniting for a “fright-fest” costume party. Victoria’s Star Cruises is even hosting a Titanic zombie themed boat party. It won’t be long before we see Halloween fully erupt on Australian streets.

But how do we make that happen quicker? We celebrate Halloween together of course! Take your kids trick-or-treating, dress up with your friends and work colleagues, decorate your house with cobwebs, throw Halloween parties and basically just spread the spooky cheer. #theycantstopusall.

Which brings me to my October bucket list. Wow – talk about a roundabout adventure, right? This October, I’m going to forsake spring for the month and fully embrace those fall vibes. I’ve decided that I’m going to have the best October ever and here’s how I’ll do it:

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How are you celebrating Halloween this month? Do you have your own fall-inspired bucket list? I’d love to hear all about it! Be sure to leave me a comment below. Happy reading ghouls!

Alexandra

14 thoughts on “Discussion: Why Australia Needs Halloween

  1. omg yesss at this entire post! i’ve ALWAYS loved halloween and am really glad australia is slowly starting to embrace it but it’s definitely not enough πŸ˜‚ i want us to go all out πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸ–€ i’ve gone trick or treating with my younger siblings and cousins the past few years and it’s been really fun, but there’s been so many houses that haven’t participated (which is fine! but some have been so rude πŸ˜ͺ). i really don’t get why so many people here are against halloween, it’s so much fun??? i LOVE your checklist so much. i would LOVE to do a tour of the old melbourne gaol that would be so cool. also yesss buzzfeed unsolved marathon 😍

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    • I know right, Melbourne has showered us with some different Halloween activities but I long for the day when houses are decorated with Jack-O-Lanterns and everyone is out Trick-or-Treating. πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

      I’ve been Trick-or-Treating a few times but you are so right – there are some people who get so rude and nasty when you knock on the door. It’s okay if you don’t want to celebrate but don’t begrudge those who do!

      And I’m actually super excited about the Melbourne Gaol – especially because it gives me all those BuzzFeed Unsolved vibes! They actually have nightly ghost tours but I’m too much for a whimp for that! This time I’m going during the day but maybe next year I can convince myself to go on the ghost tour.

      Have an amazingly spooky month! ❀

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    • Thanks Carly! I know, any excuse to dress up and rock some cool make-up. Actually one year I went Trick-or-Treating with some friends and I dress up as Rose from Titanic. Although my look was the frozen-Rose one. I had “ice” through my eyelashes, eyebrows and hair, I had blue lips and dark shadows around y eyes. I have to say it look super cool πŸ˜‰

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  2. YASSSSS GIRL!!!! EMBRACE THE FALL/HALLOWEEN VIBES!!! I definitely feel like Halloween is a lot more of a thing now than it was when I was younger – I remember when I was in year 7 (which was…a long time ago πŸ˜‚) a few of my friends & I went trick or treating & literally NO ONE had a clue what was going on when we knocked on their doors πŸ˜‚ It was kinda tragic πŸ˜­πŸ’”

    WISHING YOU THE SPOOKIEST OCTOBER EVER!

    πŸ’› Your saltmate

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    • AGREED! I used to go Trick-or-Treating every year and there would only be like a handful of houses participating! At least I got to dress up with my friends so we always had a good time. That and the fact that my mum felt bad when we didn’t get much candy and would give us Fredo Frogs and stuff. YUM!

      AND A SPOOKY FUN OCTOBER FULL OF CANDY AND PUMPKIN SPICE TO YOU TOO, SALTMATE! πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

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  3. i think it’s definitely the american commercialisation paired with the fact that it’s not autumn in australia for halloween (and it just NEEDS to be autumnal, at least imho) that stops us from properly getting into the holiday. i personally really gotten into the spirit this year but i don’t know ANY of my friends who have ever gone trick-or-treat-ing or had anyone ever knock on my door or want to celebrate it with me so idk what it is but *cries* i definitely want it to be a thing in the future

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    • Oh 100%. It’s super hard to feel those spooky fall vibes when it’s the height of spring and pumpkins are super expensive! But, at least this year Melbourne’s October has been wet and cold for the most part – it hasn’t been difficult to pretend! Especially when I’m going out in sweaters and jumpers!

      All the Blogtober posts got me inspired this year and I really got into the spirit. Hopefully this spirit spreads and next year we’ll see more people getting involved.

      Thank you for reading! ❀

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      • ahhh, lucky you! i’m in SA and it’s been all over the place, hot & cold but not particularly autumnal or mild enough for me to properly be able to dress in jumpers. but i won’t let it deter my festivities!

        i loved your bucket list idea and i hope it makes your oct as halloweenish as possible! *fingers crossed* for next year πŸŽƒ

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        • Awww that’s too bad! Mind you – we’re headed for 30 degree weather this week too so bye bye fall vibes haha. I’m glad it hasn’t put a dampener on things for you. πŸŽƒ

          Wishing you the spookiest of spooky months! Much Love ❀

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