Monday, October 26, 2015

Do you do Halloween?

There's no denying Halloween is HUGE in America and has been for years, but growing up in Australia it never really meant anything to me. I never went trick or treating and I don't think I've ever had any kids come knocking on my door on Halloween. Which has been a blessing the last few years because I always forget about it and never have any lollies so they'd no doubt be very disappointed.

Over the last few years though Halloween seems to be becoming a 'thing' in Australia more and more. Instead of having a small shelf of Halloween displays, shops now have entire sections dedicated to decorations and costumes. It certainly seems to be gaining popularity, although I'm not entirely sure its a holiday I want to embrace.
Firstly, I have to admit I am a big wuss and hate anything even remotely horror related. I'm also not fond of supernatural things either, so ghosts, witches, zombies and skeletons definitely aren't my thing. Even watching T play zombies on the playstation freaks me out {although I endure it.. because relationships = sacrifices and all that}. Spiders, bats and ware-wolfs also scare the crap out of me. I just don't understand why anyone would want to dress up like that. Seriously how are kids not freaked out by this? I think I'd be petrified if a zombie turned up on my doorstep and I dare say my first reaction would not be wanting to give them a lolly.

The fact that I'm a huge scardy cat isn't the biggest issue I have with Halloween though, I really don't like the idea of sending kids out to collect lollies from strangers. From a very young age we're taught stranger danger and not to accept food from strangers, yet there's a holiday where its ok to do just that. I can only imagine that it must be confusing for children to be told not to take lollies from strangers, but then to be sent out for the soul purpose of doing just that. Oh I know we said not to take lollies from strangers, but its ok to do it tonight... Doesn't that kind of undermine the whole point of teaching kids stranger danger in the first place? Perhaps I'm just overly cautious {or pessimistic}, but it just doesn't sit well with me.

There seems to be a trend emerging where parents are getting their kids involved in Halloween by setting up small pre-organised trick or treat walks within their immediate neighbourhood or street. This I could possibly get on board with {should bub really want to do Halloween later on}. The general idea is to drop flyers in neighbours letter boxes letting them know what time the kids will be out trick or treating and asking people to leave a light on and Halloween decorations up if they wish to be involved. I'd be ok with this if I knew my neighbours fairly well and if I went with her. Although I'm not sure many of my current neighbours would really want to get involved, but that may change over time.

This is the note Renee from Nee Say has used for her neighbourhood

For now I'm still firmly of the stance that Halloween is an unnecessary, commercially driven holiday that I don't really want to get involved in. However, with more and more people in Australia embracing it I think there'll no doubt be a time where it will become a part of our lives. I'm sure most kids would want to be involved if they knew they'd get lollies. For now though I'm happy to live without it.

Do you celebrate Halloween at your place?

Toni x

Linking with Kirsty, Alicia & Eva

23 comments:

  1. Totally agree with you. There is just something bizarre about encouraging kids to accept sweets from random strangers. I know what will happen here, though. My boys mates will turn up and then they'll want to go trick or treating with them without parental supervision. My eldest is 14 so he's too cool for all that. Not happening. The note to your neighbours is a pretty good idea, but still it's a lot of effort to go to for one evening!

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    1. Most of my neighbours are elderly so I'm secretly hoping it doesn't take off around here for a long time.

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  2. Totally agree Toni, not sure why it's become a thing the last fews years and not something I feel the need to embrace either! (having said that I am heading to an event in Perth as I'll be over there on a holiday but it's totally different I promise! hehe)

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    1. I don't mind Halloween parties {not that I'd enjoy being in a room with zombies and ghosts etc}, but I really don't like the idea of trick or treating. I think I'm just really over protective, but I don't see that changing any time soon.

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  3. We don't celebrate Halloween, but understand that others do, the note is an excellent idea. A great way for everyone to know what is going on, and a safe way for those kids that do participate.

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    1. Yea I think its a pretty good idea, its certainly a lot safer and also allows people to choose whether they want kids to turn up on their doorstep or not.

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  4. I quite like the dressing up part of Halloween, but the lolly collection business is ridiculous. Especially for kiddies with allergies!

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    1. Yes the allergies are another reason why I'm hoping to not have to deal with it!

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  5. Yep I'm not a fan, but it's pretty hard to avoid esp when you have kids at primary school. We did trick or treating a couple of times in our street - at the time we lived in an awesome street with lots of kids and everybody knew each other so it worked well.

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    1. Yea I think primary school will be when she really gets into it {if she's ever going to}.

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  6. I'm not a fan of Christmas so you can image where I stand on Halloween. I do like the flyer though, I wish our neighbours would take this approach. It would save me having to hide and pretend nobody is home.

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    1. Yep I like it for that reason too! There's been a few years where I've hidden in a dark house all night to avoid trick or treaters {not that anyone ever actually came to my door}.

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  7. Our family doesn't really celebrate Halloween but I do ensure we have a stash of lollies if any of the neighbourhood kids come knocking.

    I love the idea of the note and having neighbours who want to participate decorating their house with a balloon.

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    1. I really like the opt-in factor of the note :) I think if I kept a stash of lollies they'd go missing long before Halloween.

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  8. I personally think there's a difference between 'celebrating' a particular day and just joining in the fun. To me you 'celebrate' a birthday or Christmas for what they are, but I don't 'celebrate' Halloween, for us, it's all about having fun. I must agree though, I wouldn't be happy for Elliott to collect treats from strangers but am fine if it's from people we know in the street. It's funny isn't it, we let our kids sit on Santa's knee yet he's pretty much a stranger too? hmmm

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    1. Yea I'm not really into the idea of her sitting on Santa's knee either lol. We didn't do Santa photos last year {but mainly because she was mid tantrum every time we were remotely near Santa at the shops}.

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  9. I detest Halloween, I'm not a horror fan & I have a child with an extremely vivid imagination. This time of year is now painful for me to even do groceries as I have to explain to him what everything is & how it's not real.
    I'm also on the anti-sugar patrol & colours & additives & whatever the hell else is in all that weirdness we give our children to consume.
    I feel this "holiday" event is yet another lemming activity by our Australian society, commercialism at its best brain washing our future generations. *starts anti-Halloween activist movement *
    Anyway, each to their own.
    Sincerely, biggest party pooper in Oz 😉

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  10. It's like we're twins Toni! Very similar in our opinions of Halloween. I think I'm going to have to accept it eventually but for now I'm glad my kids accept my decision not to let them trick or treat. Good luck as bub gets older - it's just going to get bigger in the years to come!

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    1. Yea I have a feeling its going to encroach on our lives eventually given how popular its becoming. Hopefully it'll only be in regards to arts and craft lol I don't really see me liking trick or treating any time soon.

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  11. We've loved going out on Halloween the past couple of years. We're going again this weekend, even I am dressing up. It's great to see all the kids dressed up and out in the community. It is really a fun event in our town. We have a Halloween friendly facebook group, where people can nominate if they would like to be involved and a map is drawn up of the addresses. I would never think of letting them go alone to a door, but happy to drive them all over town to join in! This way we are not annoying unsuspecting people by knocking on random doors.

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    1. I think if everyone is a willing participant its ok. I can see how it'd be a good thing when the whole community joins in. It just freaks me out a little still. Who knows though eventually I may learn to love it.

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  12. I think f everyone has the same mentality it won't become anything. We have to learn to open our mind to other ways and embrace change. I love Halloween. I love the dressing up and the lolly collecting. I never did it as a child either bit now I have kids I'm going to celebrate the shit out of it. Maybe no celebrate but join in the fun of it every year because I know my kids will love it. They already do. I decorated our fireplace mantel this year of kid friendly halloween items most of which I made myself and we just came home from music class where all the little ones dressed up. Cooper (my 1 year old) was a Dear French King and Locky was a Green Witch. He loved it because we are reading a book is has been obsessed with for months called Meg And Mog. About a witch and her cat :) I think you make of it what you will. I think it will be a fair while before Australia really gets onboard with Halloween because a lot of people seem closed minded to me. As far as I'm concerned I want to celebrate every day and treat it like a party. Like is too short to live it boring. I love anything imaginative and creative. So it's right up my alley. As for the lolly thing I never thought of it as a bad thing getting lollies from strangers as my kids will be by my side always and they will know you only accept lollies from strangers during trick or treating and only with mummy and daddy by their side. It comes down to what you teach your kids and how you make them understand boundaries and safety. Anyway, that's my opinion :) haha. Hope my Facebook and blog haven't been freaking you out too much lately cause I've been going Halloween crazy! haha. Oh and I love the idea of the letter and organising it in the stress. xx

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