Opinion

Five reasons to stop worrying about Halloween in Australia

1. We're a multicultural country

Christmas. Not from Australia.

Easter. Not from Australia.

Queen's birthday. Not from Australia.

Australians by their very nature are a mixed bunch, and sharing in a mix of cultural traditions is what we do best.

Think of a very likely scenario for a typical day for a typical Australian:

You wake up, eat some muesli (Swiss, German), get in your Toyota (Japan), drive to work listening to some Ellie Goulding (UK), have pasta for lunch (Italy), grab some chow mein for dinner (China) and then tune in to watch a movie (America) on your LG (Korea) TV.

The Australian term "fair dinkum"? Well it's said to come from Chinese. 

Just what is Australian culture? Your guess is as good as mine.

I like to think it's a rainbow of good stuff from everywhere. 

There's no need to feel threatened by any celebration that originated in another land as long as its harmless and fun.

The celebration of Halloween will never threaten the fabric of our society or undermine the foundations of what makes us Australian.

2. There are worse influences from America than Halloween

Super-sized takeaway foods, deep-fried everything and burgers as big as small countries - those are the influences we should be afraid of.

And yes, Halloween does encourage the eating of sweets, but then again, so does Christmas, Easter and birthdays.

Do you celebrate Halloween?

This poll ended on 18 February 2016.

Yes - 50%

No - 49%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

3. If you watch TV and movies, you're already Americanised

What could possibly be more American than sitting down every night and watching American actors laugh and joke about American things?

If you don't know the difference between realise and realize, then you're already Americanised, my friend. 

If you like going to the cinema and watching Hollywood films, you're Americanised every time America saves the day. 

Cookies, cell phones, sidewalks and diapers - these words bug the best of us, but people are using them, and at the end of the day, I'd prefer people to be outraged about the loss of our language and spelling through popular culture than one day of fun each October.

Country music has a huge following in Australia with festivals and all, but no one seems to mind that little bit of Americana in our lives. 

4. Halloween isn't American anyway

Halloween originated in Britain.

Sure it's most popular in the US, but Americans could also complain about celebrating a day that originated in a country other than theirs.

5. It's fun

There's nothing wrong with a day where you can dress up, be silly and just have fun.

Life is way too serious these days, so any opportunity to be a bit playful should be welcomed. 

What do you think about Halloween? Do you agree there's nothing wrong a day where you can dress up, be silly and just have fun? Or do you boycott it? And if so why?

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What you're saying on Facebook:

Melissa Hopkins-Mallo: "Yes!!! Halloween is my favourite time of year."

Chanice Hancock: "Plenty of Australians have cultural backgrounds that celebrate Sam hain. Its not all about dressing up and eating junk. So many people who are anti Halloween, maybe you should consider your attitude to one pagan holiday and stop celebrating Christmas."

Terrin Illingworth: "Love it!! It's my fave time of the year and one of the oldest traditions in the world still celebrated - pre dates Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. Like any tradition though it's up to the individual whether they celebrate it or not. In our case we do!!"

Tracy Robinson: "Yes but no doorknocking."

Brjänn Coomber: "Absoloutely agree with it. Australia in recent years, have lost their humour, down to earth Larikin attitude. And changed it to humourless, politically correct. I'm all for Halloween/Samhain. Anyone who says it is an American custom. Do your research more. If I'm correct, Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day didn't start in Australia."

Sally Smith: "Absolutely detest it!"

Tom Bedingfield: "Of course not. It's not an Australian custom, why should we participate in this? It's a thoroughly meaningless and childish. Just an excuse for people to scab free stuff off others. It has no purpose."

Charlotte Lawrence: "I'm English and enjoyed Halloween over there. It doesn't feel right in Australia at this time of year- not dark or cold enough!"

Karen Staunton: "A bunch of commercialised rubbish."

Blake Coomber: "There are a lotta people that can't have fun."

Blake Coomber: "Its a fantastic and fun time!"

Taran Saunders: "Just because something is from another country doesn't mean you can't celebrate it, just respect that most don't."

Topics:  events, halloween, opinion




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