COMMENT: Five reasons not to worry about Halloween
1. We're a multicultural country. Christmas. Not from Australia.
Easter. Not from Australia. Queen's birthday. Not from Australia.
Australians by their very nature are a mixed bunch, and sharing in a mix of cultural traditions is what we do best.
Just what is Australian culture? Your guess is as good as mine.
I like to think it's a rainbow of good stuff from everywhere.
The celebration of Halloween will never threaten the fabric of our society or undermine the foundations of what makes us Australian.
2. There are worse influences from America than Halloween.
Super-sized takeaway foods, deep-fried everything and burgers as big as small countries - those are the influences we should be afraid of.
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And yes, Halloween does encourage the eating of sweets, but then again, so does Christmas, Easter and birthdays.
3. If you watch TV and movies, you're already Americanised.
What could possibly be more American than sitting down every night and watching American actors laugh and joke about American things?
4. Halloween isn't American anyway.
Halloween originated in Britain.
5. It's fun.
There's nothing wrong with a day where you can dress up, be silly and just have fun.
Life is way too serious these days, so any opportunity to be a bit playful should be welcomed.