Sydney Life: First Halloween in Australia
Growing up in Canada, Halloween was a big deal for me and every child I knew. The very earliest Halloween I can remember I was dressed as a witch, with a mis-matched costume, face paint my sister had put on for me, and a paper hat made out newspaper and painted black. We certainly didn’t have a lot of money back then, but it made no difference as I loved every minute of trick or treating, getting a little stash of candy and every time I look back at the old photos it’s a wonderful memory. As I got older, it still was a beloved holiday, I loved the pumpkin carving competition at school (my team won four out of five year…I’m just sayin’), having parties with friends and just seeing what everybody dressed up as.
Unfortunately, Halloween isn’t nearly as big of a deal in Australia, but fortunately it’s getting bigger every year. This year I was quite determined to help it became a thing at least on my street and in my neighbourhood. I thought that I would “Inception” everybody so that if I made Halloween bigger and bigger each year, then by the time it came around for Anh and I to have our kids, they’d be able to celebrate and trick or treat as I had!
We also got a couple of pumpkins for carving and did so at Anh’s parent’s house with his family the night before Halloween. It had been 30 degree weather the days leading up to Halloween so carving them any earlier would have caused them to wilt too early. I also was hoping to be able to roast them afterwards for some pumpkin puree but they almost immediately went moldy. I finally cracked last night and bought some pumpkin puree in cans from USA Foods in Melbourne, I bought some bakeware over the weekend that requires it…
Back on track to the pumpkin carving, it was great fun and we managed to stubbornly make it through the carving of the Hello Kitty one despite some very poor tools. On Halloween, we ended up getting about 25-30 trick or treat-ers and I loved seeing all their cute costumes and in some children’s cases the sheer confusion at what was happening. Anh has never had any kids come round before and he loved seeing them all dressed up.
I can’t wait for Halloween again next year…I’m planning on going even bigger!