A Halloween Rant…and Confession
I have a confession.
I was very ready to have a big rant about the way Halloween is being increasingly celebrated in Australia. While I am aware that it did not originate in America it is most widely and opulently celebrated in North America and Canada and next to Christmas, it’s the holiday that features most strongly in American film and television. To deny that the rising popularity it has found in Australia is due to anything other than American influence is…well….deluded.
BUT…I’ve read a lot of blog posts about this and had some very interesting conversations about and have realised that for some Australians this is becoming quite a big deal. It’s not changed my mind about it but certainly given me an insight into some other perspectives.
In particular, I can see that for expat communities, celebrating Halloween is a way of helping them feel connected to their culture and a way of sharing that with the people who they now share community with.
The best thing I’ve heard is from a friend whose street celebrates each year – they receive a letter in the mail in the lead up to Halloween asking if they would like to take part and if so to put a sign up on their letter box. That way any trick or treaters know which houses are participating and which to avoid. For an area with quite a few US expats that sounds like a great approach.
BUT I do think that joking about Satan is just not funny and I think kids dressing up as the devil also not funny.
I’m sure that to some of you I am sounding like a total party pooper. That’s not it, I promise! I’m all for fun and parties – can’t stop me, but I’d love to see us creating a celebration that is a reflection of our culture or priorities rather than just adopting one from Hollywood.
What about you? How do you feel about Halloween in Australia? Will you and/or your little ones be out trick or treating tonight?