Growing up in Australia and New Zealand in the 70s and 80s Halloween didn’t even register a flicker on any event-ometer. It was as American as Abraham Lincoln and was done ‘over there’. Much like Thanksgiving.
But things change.
Australasia says hello to Halloween.
Maybe it is because I now have kids that I notice that this festive celebration of ghoul and ghastly is getting bigger and bigger Downunder these days. But I actually don’t think that’s the only reason.
Globalisation, social media and the power of brands these days is the real reason I believe that Halloween is now a big date to slide into the social calendar. I mean this morning my five-year-old son gleefully yelled out…
“It’s Halloween Dad!”
It was the first thing that he said.
Two treats for me.
Ironically I don’t actually eat sweets, lollies, candy et al . But the first sweet treat for me on this day is seeing the happiness that this day brings my kids. And it’s not just about getting their lolly buckets filled to the brim. Much of the day was spent decorating the front of our house so that other kids would get a smile from their efforts and, most importantly, maybe even a fright!.
The second treat is aural and it’s probably only other parents that can empathise. It is the sound of my children laughing. I think there must be some innate, programmed response in mums and dads that turns the edges of our mouths upwards whenever we hear happiness from our brood. It is so cathartic and contagious.
Below is a gallery of a street party held each Halloween in our neighbourhood. An amalgam of squeals, beers, laughter, togetherness and happiness. There’s not much better to my mind. There was actually a third treat now that I think of it. The weather gods smiled and it was a blissful evening.
I hope you enjoy the images.
My submission into the Daily Post Photo Challenge. Theme – Treat.