Picture by Kate Raynes-Goldie
In the run-up to October 31, there's always a steady stream of posts from the Lifehacker US site detailing Halloween tricks, time savers and construction projects. For the most part, we tend to ignore them here at Lifehacker Australia, just as we do with posts for Thanksgiving, Fourth Of July and other US-centric celebrations.
However, a quick walk around any shopping centre suggests that Halloween can't be dismissed quite as quickly as that these days. Supermarkets, newsagencies and discount stores are filled with Halloween-themed costumes and trinkets, and I can't imagine they'd give up so much space if people weren't buying the stuff. There's not much of a tradition of trick-or-treating (and I can't see helicopter parents embracing one any time soon), but I suspect it would be a more difficult week than usual to try and hire a costume. It looks like Halloween has made some impact on our national consciousness.
So I'm wondering what our readers think. Has Halloween now become a major event for Australians, or should we just continue to ignore it? Share your thoughts (and your Halloween plans, spooky or otherwise) in the comments.