Opinion

OPINION: A mother's Hallowe'en experience

FRONTYARD GRAVEYARD: Some houses went all out to decorate for Hallowe'en in Evans Head.
FRONTYARD GRAVEYARD: Some houses went all out to decorate for Hallowe'en in Evans Head. Samantha Elley

TONIGHT I hung out with a pirate and a skeleton.

On the journey around the streets of Evans Head, I also met zombies, a very fat blow up man, the wolf that ate Red Riding Hood's grandmother and a myriad of other unnamed scary characters that had obviously raided a limited wardrobe and colourful make up kits.

Despite the misgivings of Hallowe'en being un-Australian and a commercialised American event, it was fun.

GHOULISH CREATIVITY: People really dug deep into their wardrobes for Hallowe'en.
GHOULISH CREATIVITY: People really dug deep into their wardrobes for Hallowe'en. Samantha Elley

Creative fun

My 10 year old and his mate had used their creativity to dress up and, for a change, weren't sitting in front of a screen playing Minecraft, or whatever computer game is the activity 'du jour'.

And there were obviously others who had made the effort as well.

Not just the trick-or-treaters but the homes we visited.

The most impressive decorations had to be the Tregidgo house with the graveyard, skeleton and over use of cotton wool (aka spider webs) by far.

Australian Hallowe'en

There is a shyness with Australian Hallowe'en that Americans have obviously matured from.

Some of the cuter costumes of the trick-or-treaters on the streets of Evans Head.
Some of the cuter costumes of the trick-or-treaters on the streets of Evans Head. Samantha Elley

Children mumble 'trick or treat' into their masks, while home owners scramble quickly to find something to give them and that includes, much to one little girl's disappointment, apples.

This is my second year taking my young son around as we catch up with friends, whose houses we visit, or pass in the street with their own little groups of ghouls.

There's something neighbourly and friendly when people get out on the streets and visit houses who are willing to participate and give our children memories.

Even the older kids got into the fun of trick-or-treating
Even the older kids got into the fun of trick-or-treating Samantha Elley

Thank you

So while we respected those houses who didn't have decorations or even had put up signs asking to be bypassed, I say 'thank you' to those who joined in the fun, happily handing our kids lots of lollies.

I will be forwarding the dentist's bill after the next visit.

Topics:  evans head opinion trick or treat



NABBED: ninja stars, credit card knives, machetes in Lismore

Richmond Local Area Command officers and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) National Anti-Gangs Squad seized more than 70 prohibited weapons in Lismore in a joint-operation. February 21, 2017.

Joint police strike force pounces on illegal weapons in NR

Fundraiser for dearly departed mum Shanelle Bull, 33

DEARLY DEPARTED: Shanelle Bull pictured in January 2016, with husband Jimmy, son Braxton, then aged four, and newborn daughter Halle.

Special event to support the family of a young mum who passed away.

Lismore to be over run by flourescent joggers

Everyone is welcome to participate in the fluro, fun and free weekly Lismore Parkrun at 7am on Saturday April 1.

"Community enterprise” to celebrate Parkrun birthday

Local Partners

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

AUSSIE hip hop outfit Bliss N Eso have announced they will play a tribute show for the stuntman killed during the filming of their music video.

Neil Finn to headline Bluesfest

Neil Finn, of Crowded House fame, will play in Byron Bay with his wife Sharon and their band The Pyjama Club on June 11.

DON'T dream, it's not over, Neil Finn to hit the stage

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

Julie trumpets her career in music

MAKE SOME NOISE: Julie Payne played trumpet in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for 27 years and is retiring. She grew up in Casino.

"She has the potential to become a first-class instrumentalist.”

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Proposed $21 million airpark in holding pattern

A front view of the proposed new aviation museum at Evans Head.

Late businessman's dream on hold ... for now

Clarence River island paradise selling for $5M

Former Ballina councillor Margaret Howes is selling her island getaway.

GALLERY: Tropical getaway with beaches and airstrip put on market.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!