HOW TO: NewsMail reporter Emma Reid's Jack Lantern. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
HOW TO: NewsMail reporter Emma Reid's Jack Lantern. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Opinion divided over spooky day

GHOULS, ghosts, vampires and witches will take to the streets tomorrow to celebrate Halloween - a tradition which is becoming more popular but still seems to divide opinion.

The NewsMail asked its Facebook followers if they celebrated the tradition, which was thought to have originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.

The response was mixed with some people saying they wanted nothing to do with Halloween, and others saying they didn't mind if others celebrated it, but wouldn't be partaking themselves.

However, most said it was a bit of harmless fun and a good reason to get dressed up and party.

John Kennedy and Jasmine Coyne both said it was a case of "each to their own".

"No don't do it and will have the sign on the gate but I don't care if others do just leave my place alone," Mr Kennedy said.

And Gav Hunter said he liked the idea of celebrating culturally significant occasions but thought they should be more Australian such as Naidoc Week, Harmony Day and Sorry Day rather than Halloween.

Mother-of-two Staci Rae said she had no problem with Halloween and found it a fun way to spend time with her family.

"My daughter's sixth birthday party this year will be Halloween themed and the kids at school are all excited," she said.

"Before we had children we didn't do anything, but find the kids have a lot of fun with it.

"Life is too serious all the time so one night to a little bit more fun is fine by me."

Mrs Rae said she thought it was becoming more accustomed around town and the shops all seemed to be supporting it.

"I've even noticed some places are sold out of the Halloween stuff," she said.

"I don't know why people are against it. Maybe it's just a bit of a scare campaign?"

To help trick or treaters in your neighbourhood, consider placing a trick or treaters welcome or not welcome sign at the front of your place will help.

Trick or treat safety

POLICE have some helpful tips to make the night a safe one.

Trick or treaters should:

Be accompanied by a mother or father monster at all times (or another responsible witch, ghost or vampire).

Walk, don't run, between houses and stick to the footpath rather than the road.

Black cats don't want to be seen, and for good reason, but if you wear black, it will reduce your visibility to passing motorists.

Never enter a stranger's house, even if they have invited you in after knocking on their door.

Consider joining your friends on your neighbourhood adventure - there is safety in numbers.



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