Josh gets his Halloween wish
However, the four-year-old Mullumbimby boy is only taking part in his first trick or treating today.
“He got a lot of Halloween ideas from this movie that he has been watching, and from his cousin Chloe whose mother is an American,” dad Gregory Nave said.
“He and Chloe put a sign up on our street without our knowledge and participation saying, ‘Let’s have Halloween in Brushbox Drive’.
“I just know that we have to do something because he is just so excited about it.”
The sign was washed away, but the idea has been sown and the so-called harvest festival will be celebrated in the street tonight.
This will be the first time in 10 years living in Australia that the family is taking part in the US tradition.
According to website www.history.com, Halloween dates back to an ancient Celtic festival to mark the end of summer and harvest and the beginning of winter, a time associated with human death, and was brought to the US by waves of European, and particularly Irish, immigration.
Hallowe’en has become more popular in Australia in recent years, but some believe it is the tricking aspect that appeals, especially amongst teenagers.
Vicki Everson, owner of the Spar Supermarket in Suffolk Park, said she had noticed cars and homes trashed by food over the last few years.
“We have a little bit of trouble with some of the kids. People tell me kids throw eggs and tomatoes at cars,” she said.
“I won’t be selling eggs or tomatoes to kids.”
Ms Everson said she had, however, noticed an increase in people, mostly children, celebrating the American tradition in a fun way.
“I live in Ballina and every year we get kids doorknocking all night long. It is nice to have a chat with the kids,” she said.