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Here we are on Halloween, and this year, more than last year or the year before, our country is starting to resemble the American fanaticism for the holiday.  For the first time in my living memory, people are starting to decorate their yards for the children that might come door knocking.  They are also carving pumpkins, a practice common overseas, but in my opinion never done in Australia.  Many people in family areas are heading out to fill their foyers with bags of sweets and more people than I have ever seen plan to “Trick or Treat” seeking buckets of candy.

Now I am no scrooge, Halloween has been an exiting day for kids for all of my life, but never as exciting as it is today.   But I want to know… What you think of our recent adoption of full-bore-Halloween traditions?  Do you enjoy being a part of the community spirit when the kids in the area come door knocking?  Or do you find the copycat Americano traditions rather pathetic?


Tell us your thoughts about Halloween today.


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Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. It is a pagan festival, completely against my Christian faith. It is a money grab for the retailers. It is a sugar overload for kids already battling obesity. I respect the right of others to celebrate, but my door stays firmly closed to trick or treaters.

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