Oct 31, 2019

Lovin' Life 31/10/2019: Coming Around To Halloween ... Slowly.

Halloween and Valentine's Day traditionally rate at very similar levels on my radar which is barely.  As you probably already know, I embrace practically every other commercialized holiday on the Australian calendar of such days but H and V Days leave me cold.  While there are chocolates and lollies related to trick or treating, the lack of family and friends being the motive of the day is three strikes against Halloween for me.  As for Valentine's Day?  Where do I begin?  It all feels fake, showy and contrived to me.  

It's probably all because of my Australian upbringing.  In other countries, specifically in the US - celebrations for both days reach into classroom life from the early years.  There are Halloween parades and parties (though I was surprised to read in my googling for this post that there is some controversy about how US schools observe the day) while for Valentine's Day cards are given as tokens of friendship.

Being October 31 today, let's focus on Halloween.  Elements of the celebrations are slowly but surely breaking down my defences.  I'll always be a selective observer of the day but here are a few things I like about Halloween.

1.  Celebrity Halloween costumes.

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Lisa Rinna as J Lo circa the Diddy years.  Need I say anymore?  Both Rinna and Lopez are among my favourite Hollywood celebrities.  They've both gotten better and stronger with time and their off duty media personas (via Instagram and as guests on shows like James Corden's The Late Late Show) are both likeable and relevant to me.


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2.  Local Halloween decorations.


If there's a physical place in Sydney that can help me with my Halloween apathy, it's got to be The Tramsheds.



I love how their themed decorations work with the energy of the space while also being just a bit kitsch.


Not many houses in the local area do Halloween but those that do give it 110%.


I run past the gate of this house frequently and the residents LOVE the holidays.  Their Christmas decorations are always 11/10 but their Halloween stuff also rates a mention.  They've added a few things here and there over the weeks since this photo was taken.

3.  Neighbourhood trick or treating.


I went trick or treating with Master SSG and some buddies last year.  It wasn't as weird as I thought it would be.  Everyone who participated was respectful of the houses that weren't obviously hosting treats.  Those that were treating were very kind and welcoming.  It actually ended up being a lovely way to get to know more people in the neighbourhood.

I'm working late this year so while we won't be out, I'll be sure to leave some treats at the front gate.

How do you feel about Halloween?  Sort of engaged with it like me or a bit more passionate either way?

6 comments:

  1. I may be one in a few hundred people who do not enjoy Valentines Day in the US. I don't know why people make it a big deal. Why should one day be put aside to show how much you love another? Shouldn't it be all year round? But honestly, it may show how some are more materialistic than others.
    However, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays next to Christmas. I know polar opposites, but I love to see the houses decorated for both holidays and to see kids happy.

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  2. The tramsheds is really cute at the moment. I love what they've done #Lovinglifelinky

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  3. SSG - I'm the same as you when it comes to H & V. In fact, I did consider writing a Halloween themed post for today since it is 31 October and Halloween but I came up empty. I had nothing to write cos I don't do Halloween ... so I didn't bother. Halloween was not a thing when I grew up (only in America) however my nephew (aged 11) is right into it so it's becoming more of a thing these days. Love your photos of Halloween decorations. I'm seeing more and more houses around where I live doing this too these days. I'm such a boring 'ol thing! lol #TeamLovinLife

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  4. I posted about this yesterday too. I don't get on board with Valentines Day at all - and never have done. Halloween we don't do, but I really enjoy seeing the kids make an effort and will always have lollies or chockies for whoever rings the doorbell.

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  5. Yeah I don't get Halloween or V-Day but at least Halloween is all inclusive whereas V-Day as I like to say it, is single-awareness day :P

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  6. I'm with you re Valentines Day. I just can't get into it. I'm just not romantic I guess. Although today is my wedding anniversary and I'm doing my best to be the romantic person this year. Not sure if I'll pull it off. xo

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