I fought it for as long as possible but in recent years I've had to give in to the kids demands to celebrate Halloween.
It's not that I have anything against Halloween. I love the idea of participating in it when we visit the USA. I just feel as though we've got our own holidays and traditions and that we're stealing theirs. I mean, wouldn't it be weird if America started celebrating Melbourne Cup en masse?
Last night we decided the go "trick or treating". It was a tad spur of the moment although the seed had been planted a week or so ago.
Two of our nearby suburbs were in a friendly competition to see who could create the best Halloween experience. Crace, which is next door to us, had 91 houses registered on the "must visit" list.
So the model daughter turned the lad into Heath Ledger's The Joker and then created some sort of Day of the Dead outfit for herself and we bundled up Princess Lola and hit the streets.
There were people everywhere!
I was shocked (pleasantly so) at how busy these quiet suburban streets were.
I loved that it was parents and kids all out together. All of them out on a school night and all of them having gone to some sort of effort.
To me it wasn't so much about Halloween but more about a sense of community.
Did I have a basket of lollies waiting at my own front door?
Yes, I even put a pumpkin on the letterbox and a spiderweb on my door to show that we were in the Halloween spirit.
Did I get dressed up?
Yes, although some may suggest I just went as myself.
Would I do it again next year?
Hell yeah! In fact, I'm looking forward to it. This kind of thing is what keeps you young at heart.
Thank you to our northern hemisphere friends for sharing this festivity with us Down Under. I'm happy to return the favour and share the Melbourne Cup.
Happy Halloween everyone.
Happy Melbourne Cup!
Did you celebrate Halloween yesterday?
Are you for or against Halloween in Australia?
Who's getting dressed in their Melbourne Cup finery today?
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PPS If you're in North Canberra then Crace and Forde are the places to visit on Halloween.