Every year in the United States, many families bring out their Halloween decorations, carve pumpkins, and shop for costumes to go out trick or treating in. While many in the US look forward to a candy-filled night of mischief, not every country on the globe is as keen on the holiday. For instance, if you are new to Australia, you might be in for a bit of surprise this Hallow’s Eve.
Many people in Australia do not believe in celebrating Halloween as the holiday is considered very American. This has led many to wonder why they would want to celebrate a holiday not created by or for Australians, causing a sense of detachment. Furthermore, as Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere, the climate is the opposite of America – Australians are not waiting around for the arrival of fall, sipping pumpkin-spiced lattes, or harvesting pumpkins to carve a jack-o-lantern. In addition, many people in Australia believe that Halloween is a capitalist holiday instead of one that genuinely spreads tricks and treats.
But, for international students in Australia this Halloween, you don’t have to worry about missing out on the Halloween festivities! Though not everyone you meet will be ready to go trick or treating with you, you can still celebrate! Compared to the years before, Halloween festivities are growing in Australia, and here are some things you can do to bring the holiday to life!
Although not everyone in Australia participates in the Halloween festivities, some Australians like the holiday for what it is. This means that you do not have to put away your trick-or-treat buckets and bags. Depending on the location you are staying at, you might just be in a neighbourhood that does indulge in the annual spooky celebrations. But, if you’re not, you might be able to ask a local about nearby neighbourhoods that do. Alternatively, you can also check out this link for a list of treat neighbourhoods across the country.
Remember to only trick or treat at houses with Halloween decorations.
Instead of going around trick or treating, what do you think about doing the reverse. But wait, don’t be fooled by its name. When we say “boo bags”, we refer to bags of fun and sweet-tasting Halloween treats. Fill a Boo Bag with treats from Woolies or Coles and leave it on the doorstep for a friend or neighbour. Then ring the doorbell or drop them a text to let them know it’s there. In a way, it’s also celebrating the good cheer of Halloween.
One of the best parts about Halloween is that you get to dress up. And the best thing about this is that you can always purchase a costume from the weekend markets or get creative with the clothes you already have. If you have crafting or sewing skills, then there is no better time than now to put your skills to work as you design a homemade costume for yourself. No matter your plans for the night, dressing the part is sure to bring some of the holiday magic to your Hallow’s Eve.
Who says you have to leave your home to celebrate Halloween? You can do it in the comforts of your home by putting up Halloween decorations. From candy bowls to spooktacular napkins and plates, these interior decorations can be easily found in your local supermarket like Woolies! Or, to make things even more fun, you can always make your own! For instance, you can cut out figures of pumpkins, black cats, bats, or ghouls using felt and construction paper. Alternatively you can hang them on your walls too! Doing this allows you to get creative, giving you the freedom to make any decorations you like.
Depending on the student accommodation that you are residing in, you might want to invite a group of friends over and celebrate Halloween at home with treats, games, a horror movie, and more. Some student or university accommodations in Australia like Y Suites hold Y-CEP events in line with special occasions or holidays, so it is best to check in with the reception for more information.
As an affordable student accommodation in Melbourne and Adelaide, Y Suites offer a range of designed and equipped rooms for students. Whether you choose our Studio Standards or share a room with someone in our Studio Twin Share, our apartments are located in the heart of the city, making it easier for you to commute to Halloween parties or trick-or-treating!
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