October 25, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In Australia, we do not have a tradition of celebrating Halloween. Although we inherited the English traditions, Halloween was not celebrated there when Australia developed into a viable country. The tradition had arrived in the US much earlier, and became well established there, but it never did here. So, Halloween has no real cultural basis for us.

However, with all the influences the US now has through TV and movies, etc, the celebration of Halloween has just started here over the last few years. Because I have never been a part of that, it means nothing to me. I also do not like the blatant 'begging' for sweets, or candy as it is known in the US. To me, it is a bad influence. Kids get far too much sweet stuff. They are too used to getting what they want. It is certainly not a tradition I support.

I also cannot see the attraction in dressing up in ghoulish outfits. There are many other wholesome things kids can become involved in. I hope my grandkids don't get caught up in the commercialised hype of Halloween!

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