Halloween in Australia
Quick FactsHalloween is a festive occasion that is celebrated in Australian communities on October 31 each year.
Halloween 2014Friday, October 31, 2014
Halloween 2015Saturday, October 31, 2015
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Many Australians celebrate Halloween, which occurs annually on October 31. It is also known as All Hallows’ Eve and is the day before All Saints’ Day. Costume parties are held and many children go trick-or-treating around this time of the year.
What do people do?
Halloween is an observance that is becoming a growing trend in Australia. Some businesses and organizations coordinate Halloween-themed gatherings for staff and clients to interact with each other. Charity organizations may have fundraising activities that center on the Halloween theme.
Halloween parties involve people dressed in costume to reflect the Halloween theme. Some parties are held at venues that are supposedly haunted. Ghost tours, hunts and walks are popular during this time of the year. More Australians are also taking part in trick-or-treat adventures that involve organized groups of parents and children visiting neighbors. These children either receive a treat or present a trick to their neighbors.
Some homes are decorated to fit the Halloween theme during this period. Decorations include fake cobwebs, jack-o-lanterns and images of black cats or witches. Many stores sell Halloween-themed decorations, activity books, or clothing around this time of the year. It is a profitable time of the year for costume shops, online stores, and other places that sell or rent Halloween-themed items. Cinemas may also have special screenings or movie marathons featuring horror movies or films with a supernatural theme.
Halloween is not a nationwide public holiday in Australia. Retail businesses selling or renting out costumes and other Halloween-themed items may be particularly busy prior to and on Halloween.
Various Halloween activities and events were held on a smaller scale in Australia in the past but this occasion is becoming more popular across the country. More Australians are getting involved in celebrating Halloween, which originated from the ancient Celtic harvest festival known as Samhain. Halloween is also remembered as All Hallows’ Eve among the Christian community.
There are many Halloween symbols. Symbols include animals, such as black cats, bats and spiders, and figures, such as ghosts, skeletons, witches and wizards. Pumpkins, graveyards, cobwebs, haunted houses and the colors green, orange, grey and black are also associated with Halloween. These symbols are used to decorate homes and party venues and are seen on costumes, gift paper, cards, cookies, cakes and candy.
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Other holidays in October 2014 in Australia
- Feast of St Francis of Assisi ―Saturday, October 4, 2014
- Yom Kippur ―Saturday, October 4, 2014
- Eid-al-Adha ―Sunday, October 5, 2014
- Daylight Saving Time starts ―Sunday, October 5, 2014
- Labour Day ―Monday, October 6, 2014
- First day of Sukkot ―Thursday, October 9, 2014
- Last day of Sukkot ―Wednesday, October 15, 2014
- Shmini Atzeret ―Thursday, October 16, 2014
- Simchat Torah ―Friday, October 17, 2014
- Diwali/Deepavali ―Thursday, October 23, 2014
- Muharram/Islamic New Year ―Saturday, October 25, 2014
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