Halloween Down Under
Dave Killion — October 30, 2012
It is my understanding that Canadians and Americans spend more money on Halloween than any other holiday but Christmas. Considering that my household has already consumed not only the box of 50 full-sized bars that we were supposed to pass out at Halloween, but also the box of 95 fun-sized bars we got to replace the first box (meaning we’ve had to buy more candy), I can believe it. Face it- Halloween is great, and almost everyone loves it. But who, in their right mind, would suggest turning the event into a government holiday? Australians, that’s who -
“In all, 17 members of the newly-formed Halloween Institute kicked off a protest march yesterday that stretched from Sydney’s Martin Place to Parliament House.”…. “The Halloween Institute was marching to demand that the fine American tradition of Halloween every October 31 become a public holiday in Australia.”
Suuuuch a bad idea! Naturally, the driving force behind the institute is the owner of a party supply store. The good news? This story is from 2010. Halloween wasn’t made a public holiday, and since the Halloween Institute does not appear to exist anywhere on the internet, I assume their lobbying days are over. The bad news? The Premier of New South Wales in 2010 (Kristina Keneally) lost her position only 5 months later. Coincidence? Perhaps… or perhaps the tentacles of Big Halloween extend further than anyone knows!
Despite the failure of the institute, Halloween continues to increase in popularity amongst the Antipodeans -
“Like our supermarkets selling “scary” lollies, cheap costumes and special carving pumpkins, more Australians are embracing the idea of Halloween. It has become so prevalent that Google spokesman Shane Treeves said company research found that the number of Halloween-related searches had doubled over the past six years.”…. “”The Australian market is very quickly getting used to Halloween, or embracing it.”
Even if the government isn’t.
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