FOR many years in Australia, Halloween was just an excuse to watch some scary movies on the idiot box like the darsedly devilish eposide of The Simpsons, Treehouse of Horror, or maybe hire Friday the Thirteenth or Freddie Kruger from the local video store.
As of 2018 there are 29 episodes of the Treehouse of Horror, and they air one every year.
This ancient Celtic tradition, often mistaken for an American custom, is slowly creeping into the blood of all Australians.
A Haunting We Will Go
“Trick or treat”
The treat is usually some form of sickly-sweet candy and the trick, well, to perform a mishievious act usually involving rancid eggs or toilet paper, all in the name of harmless pranks.
TIP FOR HOUSEHOLDERS: The most common thing to do if you don’t want to be tricked is to hand over Dracula teeth candy or blood sucking lollipops to keep the hordes of evil offspring at bay.
As I said earlier, the history of Halloween is steeped in an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain.
It marked a pivotal time of year when seasons changed, but more importantly observers also believed the boundary between this world and the next became especially thin at this time (31st Oct/ 1st Nov) enabling them to connect with the dead.
This belief is shared by some other cultures; a similar idea is mentioned around the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which also typically occurs in October and involves saying prayers for the dead.
No evil plotting abounds.
There’s nothing more fun then to tell scary stories to get you in the grim mood for this celebration.
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