Stranger danger or fun with ghastly ghouls?

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There’s nothing quite like the love/hate relationship Aussies have with Halloween.
Nanjing Night Net

Come October 31, people in this country are either busy preparingtheir costumes and carvingup a pumpkin or rolling their eyes as they walkpast the abundance of witches hats and skeletons packed to the rafters in every two dollar shop.

Personally, I’m on the fence when it comes to thisspooky celebration.

On one hand, it’s a bit of fun and a change from the usual; it gives parents and kids the opportunity to dress up and have a bit of fun.

Not to mention some of the best parties I’ve been tohave been Halloween parties -it forces you to get creative.

Last year, my friend from university transformed her apartment into a spooky mansion, complete with spiderwebs in the stairwell, a brain in a jar, giant spiders and a body bag in the bath.

The guests ranged from zombies, demons and Spongebob Squarepants.

A truly A+ effort.

On the other hand, it does present a number of potential problems.

Firstly, and the most common argument against Halloween I hear is, we aren’t America so why celebrate it?

Secondly, as my better half pointed out to me –the commercialisation of it all.

He works at a supermarketand as someone who also used to work as a checkout chick, holidays are absolutely exhausting, why add another one to the list?

The music, the need to put up decorations,the dressing up, the “why don’t you have anymore chocolates?” and of course, the sheer amount of people who come in (often last minute) to buy excessive amounts of food and drink for one night of the year.

And as soon as October 31 is over, you can begin to hear them sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting tingling in store and the world goes a little bit madder.

Thirdly, as a colleague suggested the other day, we are teaching kids to essentially knock on the door of strangers.

She said 364 days of the year we are teaching children about stranger danger, so why do the rules change on Halloween?

Each to their own I say.

If you don’t like it, don’t celebrate it butdon’t bring down others who enjoy the chance to dress up and go trick or treating, they aren’t hurting anyone by doing so.

Simple.

By Kelsey Sutor.

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