Ever since I was a child I have dreamt of experiencing Halloween in the United States. Halloween doesn’t exist in Australia. Well, it does, however not quite on the same scale. So my experience of Halloween to this point has been vicariously through motion pictures.
Halloween in Australia is largely viewed as an unwanted American influence – I routinely had doors slammed in my face as a child when we took to the streets begging strangers for candy; my parents might buy one small bag of chocolate each year for the 3 or 4 children who come knocking on our door.
While halloween in Australia may be growing in momentum, the festivities aren’t even in the same league as those in the United States of America. I’ve never carved a pumpkin into a Jack-o-lantern, I’ve never bobbed for apples, I’ve never lighted a bonfire, and I have never been through a haunted house. You have to spend a considerable amount of time looking through Australian shops to find one which carries Halloween costumes, where-as every shop down to the grocery stores in America have entire aisles dedicated to different aspects of Halloween!
So this past week I’ve been having the time of my life in the lead up to what will be my biggest day of the year. We’ve visited haunted houses, gone on haunted swamp walks, spent a month choosing kick ass costumes, and picked out our very own pumpkin from Florida’s biggest pumpkin patch! I wrote on the time off calendar at the Marriott:
Megan has dreamed of Halloween in the United States her whole life. Don’t kill the dream.
I genuinely would have quit before work got in the way of my first US halloween experience! I told them I am happy to work Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years – just not Halloween.
Now I just have two days left to steal a child to go trick or treating with!