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Americans should abolish halloween as a traditional holiday

Trick-or-treat! How did Halloween happen to come to the U.S.?

Should we really be celebrating Halloween in Australia? Are you a fan of Halloween? With the influx of American culture into our society, there are polarising opinions about the commercialisation of yet another tradition. Yet each year, Halloween is becoming more prominent in Australia.

  1. From then it has taken off and become the tradition celebrated today. Parties focused on games, foods of the season and festive costumes.
  2. Because of the rigid Protestant belief systems of early New England, celebration of Halloween in Colonial times was extremely limited.
  3. As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups, as well as the American Indians, meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. There are more celebrations, better costumes, decorations, and a bigger aisle dedicated to Halloween in our supermarkets.

There are more celebrations, better costumes, decorations, and a bigger aisle dedicated to Halloween in our supermarkets. But underneath the fake blood, cotton wool cob-webs and face paint, is a holiday that encourages community engagement.

So should we be resisting or embracing it?

How did Halloween actually start? Did you know Halloween originated as the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain?

  • Yet each year, Halloween is becoming more prominent in Australia;
  • The justification for the decision — that Halloween parties and costume parades exclude children whose religion prohibits Halloween celebration — has raised the question;
  • It was much more common in Maryland and the Southern colonies;
  • Are you a fan of Halloween?
  • As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups, as well as the American Indians, meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge.

People would dress up for the occasion to ward off ghosts before All Saints Day on 1 November. Why is Halloween so popular in America? When the Irish immigrated to the United States they brought with them their traditions, including Halloween. From then it has taken off and become the tradition celebrated today. Despite the costumes, candy and pumpkins, there is still a community aspect of Halloween, which Dr Harrison says is a positive of the holiday and something to embrace.

  1. With the influx of American culture into our society, there are polarising opinions about the commercialisation of yet another tradition. As European immigrants came to America, they brought their Halloween customs with them.
  2. Mustaro said Halloween "hasn't been seen as an issue, frankly, that warrants us at this point either discussing or putting out some policy language regarding it.
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  4. Tell us what you think. Despite the costumes, candy and pumpkins, there is still a community aspect of Halloween, which Dr Harrison says is a positive of the holiday and something to embrace.

So what about Halloween in Australia? In Australia, there are polarising opinions on the holiday being celebrated here. Halloween is not the only holiday Australia has adopted.

  • Tell us what you think;
  • Should we really be celebrating Halloween in Australia?
  • Because of the rigid Protestant belief systems of early New England, celebration of Halloween in Colonial times was extremely limited;
  • Families could help prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats.

Patricks Day, celebrated on 17 March, celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, and is wildly celebrated across the nation. But what is now the grassroots of the tradition — the children trick-or-treating, pumpkins being carved, and communities spending time together, can still be achieved without buying into the Halloween hype. He adds that the community element is lost when the commercialisation of the holiday takes over.

Religious Roots, Secular Festivities: Halloween Takes A Hit In Schools

Looking past the commercialisation of Halloween, you will find a holiday that brings people and communities together. Interested in learning more about how commercialisation affects society? Consider studying marketing or sociology at Deakin. Tell us what you think: