October 30, 2014 by Bernadette ~ The Bumbling Bookworm
Life of a Blogger is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the lovely Jessi of Novel Heartbeat, shining the spotlight on bloggers on a more personal level 🙂 Every week she chooses a topic and shares about her life, encouraging other bloggers to do the same. Today’s topic is Halloween.
So I’m going to confess something, and it’s not going to be a popular view. I don’t like Halloween. There, I said it!
I should probably clarify this, before a lynch mob comes after me – if I lived in the USA, I’d probably love Halloween. Dressing up may not be my favourite thing, but if I’d grown up with it as a part of my culture I’d feel differently I’m sure. Also, chocolate and lollies, YUM.
But I don’t live in the USA, I live in Australia, and in my view Halloween is not a part of our culture. All Hallow’s Eve is one thing, but the Halloween you see in the movies, that’s different. We’ve never done the trick-or-treating, the dressing up, none of it – until recently, Halloween didn’t even exist in Australia.
Of course it’s not that simple. Australia is becoming more and more Americanised – we watch so much American TV and movies (I’m not complaining about that!), their celebrities are our celebrities, their politicians and major events make our news programs on an almost daily basis. Kids see Halloween in the American media and want to participate. However, unlike when I was a kid, now it’s actually becoming a thing.
It’s now on our TV shows, there are costumes and halloween themed items in our supermarkets and department stores. I watched a segment on the Australian Today Show about Halloween last week – a few years ago, that would’ve been unheard of. Kids are actually going trick-or-treating! Luckily I live in a set of units which is fairly tucked away, and I don’t have to worry about people knocking on my door – I won’t have anything to give them!
I don’t know, maybe I’m just the Grinch of Halloween. I think it totally belongs in America, it’s an institution! In Australia though, it just feels like it’s been manufactured by the shops as a way to make more money… What a cynic I am!
What about you, do you like Halloween? Does it even exist in your country?