Gabrielle Cawley will be one of many Northern Rivers Halloweeners trick or treating in the region tonight. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Gabrielle Cawley will be one of many Northern Rivers Halloweeners trick or treating in the region tonight. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

To trick or treat?

IT ORIGINATED in Ireland as a pagan ceremony to mark the dawn of winter's descent, but Australia's version of Halloween is a child of the US version - a gluttonous evening of trick or treating.

With its popularity on the rise, truckloads of Halloween related products are now on offer at your local supermarket.

Year 7 Richmond River High School student Gabbie Cawley has been trick or treating for eight years after picking up the tradition in New Zealand.

She's never played any tricks, and won't have any up her sleeve if asked - it's all about the treats.

Mum Kerrieanne is also a fan of the event.

"I usually get dressed up when I answer the door for the kids to try and scare them," Mrs Cawley said.

"Some of them have gone to a lot of effort... they're really creative with their make up."

But not everyone, even in The Channon, shares the trick or treating spirit.

"I think the older people who don't want to be involved just don't answer the door."



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