Halloween

Old Sep 24th 2011, 3:12 am
  #1  
Forum Regular
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 123
weezypenguin is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Halloween

We currently live in Canada and are moving to Brisbane in a few weeks.
In Canada Halloween is a big deal. I just wondered if it was in Australia.
Thanks
weezypenguin is offline  
Old Sep 24th 2011, 3:17 am
  #2  
Proudly Deplorable
 
Amazulu's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2003
Location: Alloha snack bar
Posts: 24,219
Amazulu has a reputation beyond reputeAmazulu has a reputation beyond reputeAmazulu has a reputation beyond reputeAmazulu has a reputation beyond reputeAmazulu has a reputation beyond reputeAmazulu has a reputation beyond reputeAmazulu has a reputation beyond reputeAmazulu has a reputation beyond reputeAmazulu has a reputation beyond reputeAmazulu has a reputation beyond reputeAmazulu has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Halloween

Originally Posted by weezypenguin View Post
We currently live in Canada and are moving to Brisbane in a few weeks.
In Canada Halloween is a big deal. I just wondered if it was in Australia.
Thanks
It's not but some retailers are pushing it bigtime to make it so

cha-ching!
Amazulu is offline  
Old Sep 24th 2011, 3:28 am
  #3  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Western suburbs of Brisbane
Posts: 266
PunkDebutante has much to be proud ofPunkDebutante has much to be proud ofPunkDebutante has much to be proud ofPunkDebutante has much to be proud ofPunkDebutante has much to be proud ofPunkDebutante has much to be proud ofPunkDebutante has much to be proud ofPunkDebutante has much to be proud ofPunkDebutante has much to be proud ofPunkDebutante has much to be proud ofPunkDebutante has much to be proud of
Default Re: Halloween

I am from the US and spent the last decade in the UK and Halloween was one of the holidays I really missed there. I have been told that it is even less important here in Brisbane than it was in the UK so I am not holding out hope. In a decade in the UK, I only had 4 trick or treaters and they weren't even on the right night.
PunkDebutante is offline  
Old Sep 24th 2011, 3:55 am
  #4  
Canuck/Aussie
 
comet555's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2006
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 4,547
comet555 is a glorious beacon of lightcomet555 is a glorious beacon of lightcomet555 is a glorious beacon of lightcomet555 is a glorious beacon of lightcomet555 is a glorious beacon of lightcomet555 is a glorious beacon of lightcomet555 is a glorious beacon of lightcomet555 is a glorious beacon of lightcomet555 is a glorious beacon of lightcomet555 is a glorious beacon of lightcomet555 is a glorious beacon of light
Default Re: Halloween

When we moved from Canada I was really disappointed that they didn't really do Halloween in Brisbane. The first year (2007) I took my kids to the shopping centre during the day where they had a list of shops that were giving out candy. That was just depressing, so didn't do it again. That first year we didn't have any trick-or-treaters.

The second year we had about five and the third year (2009) we had about 15 mostly teenagers that were having a party down the block. I would say it was starting to catch on though. No one really did any decorations though and there wasn't as much Halloween stuff (costumes, treats, decoration) as in Canada. The first year I couldn't even find costumes in the usual places and had to find a Toys R' Us. By the third year I was able to find more in the regular shops (grocery & big box stores).

There was also a street party (or something) out in Manly, east side of Brisbane. Never went to it though so can't comment.
http://www.manlyharbourvillage.com/halloween-party
comet555 is offline  
Old Sep 24th 2011, 6:27 am
  #5  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
eddie007's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2005
Location: Somewhere South... Not Telling YOU
Posts: 10,959
eddie007 has a reputation beyond reputeeddie007 has a reputation beyond reputeeddie007 has a reputation beyond reputeeddie007 has a reputation beyond reputeeddie007 has a reputation beyond reputeeddie007 has a reputation beyond reputeeddie007 has a reputation beyond reputeeddie007 has a reputation beyond reputeeddie007 has a reputation beyond reputeeddie007 has a reputation beyond reputeeddie007 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Halloween

there are pockets of Sockingham where Halloween is becoming quite popular... Not surprising as according to some it is Australias equivilant of Hell on Earth...

When we were kids the house next door was rented to USAF service personnel, and their parents ALWAYS took me and me sister trick or treating on the base.. that was back in the 70's when Halloween only involved apple bobbing for us pommie kids in the uk....

which is probably why when I go to the local English Sweet shop I'm buying American candy and not british sweets...
eddie007 is offline  
Old Sep 24th 2011, 6:37 am
  #6  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Kim67's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Brisvegas
Posts: 5,450
Kim67 has a reputation beyond reputeKim67 has a reputation beyond reputeKim67 has a reputation beyond reputeKim67 has a reputation beyond reputeKim67 has a reputation beyond reputeKim67 has a reputation beyond reputeKim67 has a reputation beyond reputeKim67 has a reputation beyond reputeKim67 has a reputation beyond reputeKim67 has a reputation beyond reputeKim67 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Halloween

There are pockets in our suburb and adjoining ones that go all out. Our street puts in on for the kids - everyone puts their orange ribbon outside their houses and the kids knock on those doors. It was quite big while we were in Dubai and I told the kids not to expect anything last year when we came back to Brisbane but they had a really big night with friends and came home with lots of loot that subsequently went in the bin when I cleaned out their rooms. Halloween lollies are so gross.
Kim67 is offline  
Old Sep 24th 2011, 9:50 am
  #7  
Forum Regular
 
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: Illawarra
Posts: 266
carzinoz has much to be proud ofcarzinoz has much to be proud ofcarzinoz has much to be proud ofcarzinoz has much to be proud ofcarzinoz has much to be proud ofcarzinoz has much to be proud ofcarzinoz has much to be proud ofcarzinoz has much to be proud ofcarzinoz has much to be proud ofcarzinoz has much to be proud ofcarzinoz has much to be proud of
Default Re: Halloween

My Aussie mates don't seem too keen on the idea, seeing it as an american tradition and not being aware of UK (or mabye it's a Scottish thing?) guysing.

I think they're put off by the idea of trick or treat and think this might mean kids causing trouble but the primary school does a halloween disco every year, the kids love it!
carzinoz is offline  
Old Sep 24th 2011, 9:58 am
  #8  
BE Enthusiast
 
deb68's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Perth
Posts: 816
deb68 is a splendid one to beholddeb68 is a splendid one to beholddeb68 is a splendid one to beholddeb68 is a splendid one to beholddeb68 is a splendid one to beholddeb68 is a splendid one to beholddeb68 is a splendid one to beholddeb68 is a splendid one to beholddeb68 is a splendid one to beholddeb68 is a splendid one to beholddeb68 is a splendid one to behold
Default Re: Halloween

Kids in masks means trouble at your door in England anyway, usually if you tell them bugger off they egg your house or worse brick your windows later on.
I am glad in a lot of ways that it's not seen as a traditional thing here, same as the dreaded bonfire night (god i hated that month)
deb68 is offline  
Old Sep 24th 2011, 12:52 pm
  #9  
BE Forum Addict
 
Japonica's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: Canada->WA->Melbourne
Posts: 1,612
Japonica has a reputation beyond reputeJaponica has a reputation beyond reputeJaponica has a reputation beyond reputeJaponica has a reputation beyond reputeJaponica has a reputation beyond reputeJaponica has a reputation beyond reputeJaponica has a reputation beyond reputeJaponica has a reputation beyond reputeJaponica has a reputation beyond reputeJaponica has a reputation beyond reputeJaponica has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Halloween

This will be our first one in the new suburb which has many more British migrants than our previous one.

I think it's slowly catching on, if anything as an excuse for the kids to try and pester Aussies for candy. I've heard Aussies complaining about it, saying it's un-Australian and that the kids should not be out and about. Last year, there were a few moms and kids from the local primary school who went to a few houses, but the kids were also running up to houses that to me, looked as if they wanted nothing to do with it--no decorations, nothing.

Then on the way back, someone came running out of an undecorated house saying, "Wait! Wait!" so I guess you can't tell.

I think we had 15 kids come to our house looking for sweets.

And yes, some shopping centres do hold some kind of events. Our neighbor used to do a party every year as well.

If you want to participate, put up some decorations (my daughter is bugging me to drop a bundle at Dusk with all their ghost and pumpkin candles), carve a pumpkin, whatever. If anything, it'll be a way to tick off the curmudgeons in the neighborhood that Australia is going to hell in a handbasket just because of kids having the nerve to go trick-or-treating.

But don't expect it to be anything like Canada. It won't be. Not even close.
Japonica is offline  
Old Sep 24th 2011, 9:49 pm
  #10  
BE Enthusiast
 
Coppock's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: Wales, UK
Posts: 309
Coppock is a glorious beacon of lightCoppock is a glorious beacon of lightCoppock is a glorious beacon of lightCoppock is a glorious beacon of lightCoppock is a glorious beacon of lightCoppock is a glorious beacon of lightCoppock is a glorious beacon of lightCoppock is a glorious beacon of lightCoppock is a glorious beacon of lightCoppock is a glorious beacon of lightCoppock is a glorious beacon of light
Default Re: Halloween

Hi, I went a few years ago and arrived on Halloween,
there were some young kids (10 years and under) knocking around the shops with their parents dressed up, going to restaurants etc, but that was all I saw going on...
Coppock is offline  
Old Sep 26th 2011, 12:40 pm
  #11  
Forum Regular
 
spadgersdad's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 129
spadgersdad is just really nicespadgersdad is just really nicespadgersdad is just really nicespadgersdad is just really nicespadgersdad is just really nicespadgersdad is just really nicespadgersdad is just really nicespadgersdad is just really nicespadgersdad is just really nicespadgersdad is just really nicespadgersdad is just really nice
Default Re: Halloween

Hi
We live in Thornlands on the Bayside, where we live there are quite a few kids come round trick or treating. We always buy a big bucket of goodies which are always gone before the end of the night.
spadgersdad is offline  
Old Sep 26th 2011, 2:45 pm
  #12  
BE Enthusiast
 
al150n's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2007
Location: Perth
Posts: 926
al150n is a splendid one to beholdal150n is a splendid one to beholdal150n is a splendid one to beholdal150n is a splendid one to beholdal150n is a splendid one to beholdal150n is a splendid one to beholdal150n is a splendid one to beholdal150n is a splendid one to beholdal150n is a splendid one to beholdal150n is a splendid one to beholdal150n is a splendid one to behold
Default Re: Halloween

We had a couple of kids turn up at the front door last year. We were expecting more having been inundated with trick or treaters in the UK.

We've got a Halloween party to go to this year organised by the kids karate club. Just need to get a costume sorted for me

Alison x
al150n is offline  
Old Sep 26th 2011, 3:22 pm
  #13  
Mostly Harmless
 
DeadVim's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Semi-rural wonderworld, Brisbane
Posts: 15,108
DeadVim has a reputation beyond reputeDeadVim has a reputation beyond reputeDeadVim has a reputation beyond reputeDeadVim has a reputation beyond reputeDeadVim has a reputation beyond reputeDeadVim has a reputation beyond reputeDeadVim has a reputation beyond reputeDeadVim has a reputation beyond reputeDeadVim has a reputation beyond reputeDeadVim has a reputation beyond reputeDeadVim has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Halloween

Originally Posted by deb68 View Post
Kids in masks means trouble at your door in England anyway, usually if you tell them bugger off they egg your house or worse brick your windows later on.
I am glad in a lot of ways that it's not seen as a traditional thing here, same as the dreaded bonfire night (god i hated that month)
Month? I had fireworks chucked in my garden in the UK in the height of summer. From September on it was hell in chavsville.

I had not even thought about halloween or bonfire night for years until I read this thread.

Living in this area here means nobody approaches the house unless they are regularly walk the dog.

Or they are religious and therefore obviously mentally retarded.
DeadVim is offline  
Old Sep 26th 2011, 3:43 pm
  #14  
HMP Queensland
 
Pollyana's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2002
Location: Keep true friends and puppets close, trust no-one else...
Posts: 93,401
Pollyana has a reputation beyond reputePollyana has a reputation beyond reputePollyana has a reputation beyond reputePollyana has a reputation beyond reputePollyana has a reputation beyond reputePollyana has a reputation beyond reputePollyana has a reputation beyond reputePollyana has a reputation beyond reputePollyana has a reputation beyond reputePollyana has a reputation beyond reputePollyana has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Halloween

Originally Posted by DeadVim View Post
Month? I had fireworks chucked in my garden in the UK in the height of summer. From September on it was hell in chavsville.

I had not even thought about halloween or bonfire night for years until I read this thread.

Living in this area here means nobody approaches the house unless they are regularly walk the dog.

Or they are religious and therefore obviously mentally retarded.
My sister's two girls came racing in yesterday yelling "Dad theres someone at the door for you" When he had got up and gone to see who it was they calmly informed me it was a Jehovah's Witness. I asked why they hadn't just said "No thanks" and they told me that because their Dad had annoyed them the day before they thought it was only fair to condemn him to the doorstep for a while. They had also told the JW's that their dad always liked chatting to them about God :rofl; He reappeared 20 minutes later, muttering darkly
Pollyana is offline  
Old Sep 26th 2011, 3:46 pm
  #15  
Newlywed
 
Dorothy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 28,934
Dorothy has a reputation beyond reputeDorothy has a reputation beyond reputeDorothy has a reputation beyond reputeDorothy has a reputation beyond reputeDorothy has a reputation beyond reputeDorothy has a reputation beyond reputeDorothy has a reputation beyond reputeDorothy has a reputation beyond reputeDorothy has a reputation beyond reputeDorothy has a reputation beyond reputeDorothy has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Halloween

Originally Posted by weezypenguin View Post
We currently live in Canada and are moving to Brisbane in a few weeks.
In Canada Halloween is a big deal. I just wondered if it was in Australia.
Thanks
No. The one thing both my kids and the old man agree they miss is Hallowe'en.
Dorothy is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2022 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.