There’s a heap of fun to be had when you get into the spirit of Halloween in Australia
If you are still seriously against having a good time at Halloween, then you’re not a fair dinkum Aussie.
What could possibly be wrong with dressing up and heading out to a party? It’s just that you might go as a vampire, witch or zombie with fake blood or a fantastic pair of freaky Halloween lenses! So what?
It’s just a bit of fun and you’ve gotta be seriously licking lamp posts if you think we don’t need that. Instead of having a whinge about Halloween and thinking that it doesn’t belong here, get out there and have a good time FFS (Forever Finding Sunshine!)
We’ve never been one to stick our noses up at anyone else or pass up the chance to have a good time. For crying out loud, we stop the nation for a horse race! You try telling people from overseas that there’s even a holiday for the Melbourne Cup and they’ll laugh in your face.
You might be thinking that Halloween in Australia is just an American thing that’s been imported to Oz. Wrong!
Halloween is a tradition of the ancient Celtic folk (basically olden time Irish peeps) and they held the festival of Samhain. They thought the dead revisited the earth on the 31st of October so they would light huge bonfires and dress up in costumes to ward off ghosts. (Sound familiar?).
The Romans ‘borrowed’ parts of the Celtic festival for All Saints Day on the 1st of Nov and the day before became All Hallows Eve, All Hallows Even and Hallow E’en. (Bit like a pop star changing their name and ending up with AKA ‘Confused’). Finally, he festival name became Hallowe’en.
Cut to the Irish heading to North America. They still put on Hallowe’en celebrations – still in costumes (because everyone loves a dress up) and it all caught on. Then some cheeky buggers started doing Trick or Treat and were given fresh food of the season to share.
Later, some shifty bloke who sold lollies (or candy) jumped into it and by the 1950’s people were bribing kids not to pull pranks on them with all sorts of sugary shittle-shuttles.
Halloween Heads Down Under
Come the 1980’s, the name was simply Halloween and it made its way back over the sea to Great Britain and then Asia started lapping it up – especially the Chinese in the late 1990’s – it caught on Down Under and Halloween in Australia has grown ever since.
Since 2001, the whole thing has become more popular each and every year. As of 2019, nearly $160 million was spent on chocolates and lollies, then there’s pumpkins and costumes too. It’s obvious the answer to the question – “Do they celebrate Halloween in Australia?” is Yes! or bloody oath!
Here are 5 reasons that Halloween in Australia works
Unless you’re an old grump or someone whose face would break if they cracked a smile – Halloween is pretty easy to enjoy in Australia.
- Everyone is pretty relaxed in Oz, so dressing up doesn’t offend anyone. Unless you deliberately dress up as something Wrong, you will be welcome at any party
- There are some funny Aussie ideas that go well with Halloween in Australia like a vampire Swagman, a footy club zombie and a witch kangaroo. You can pretty much go nuts with the Australiana and Halloween mix. It’s a good laugh and very unique.
- The weather is pretty nice come late Oct. You might get rain, but that shouldn’t dampen the party spirit. If it does pour down, hello Halloween themed umbrella!
- No-one gets peeved if you aren’t into the Halloween thing. Just leave a note on your letterbox and the Trick or Treaters will keep on walking.
- And you won’t get shot. Sorry to the U.S but those real life horror stories are genuinely freaky.
It’s a great time to the let the hair down and dress up. Easy to see why Aussies are loving it!
These Days of Hello Halloween
Now Halloween is a dead set ‘set your calendar’ event every year.
Everyone is into the fun of dressing up and hitting a party. These days it’s the costumes that have become THE thing for a Halloween party. No Halloween get up? No Halloween to get going.
The whole Halloween dress up has gone ballistico! If you just turn up at a Halloween party with a witches’ hat on, that’s not half-dressed – that’s half-arsed. It’s almost an insult to the host to come in some piss-weak outfit (soz Darren, but the bed sheet with holes in it for a ghost costume? What are you, a 7 year old?) You get an F for Fu…nny as a fart.
Planning your costume with plenty of time to put it all together is the thing to do. Add some make-up and a special hairstyle. The new ‘Must Haves’ are Halloween contact lenses. These little wonders do wonders for any outfit.
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