Alternative Halloween



All Hallows Eve.


That special time of year when parents can be whatever they want. Pumpkin, vampire,

witch, or block of cheese, it really doesn't matter as long as you're having a good time. On

this great night, for once, we can absolutely relate to our kids. Revelling in the ancient

traditions of turnip carving and duck apples. Going through the motions that systematically

takes us back to a place in our lives. A place where monsters totally do live under your bed,

you actually will die if you don't reach the lamppost in time, and your mate really did see a werewolf in the alleyway.


And with this all-access ticket to the mysterious, golden years of our youth, who wouldn't

be disappointed Trick or Treat is cancelled this year? Our chance to be reborn again, as our

young, curious selves, albeit for one night, has been pulled from under our feet.




I'm going back in time now, revisiting primary school Nat. It's Halloween. Beach bucket in hand, wrapped in a bin bag, red food dye all over my mug. My mates have turned up. One

actually has a witch's hat on, and everyone's giving her evils. No one wears a coat, (It ruins the look.) Plus, you can save on the body paints by turning blue. We scuttled around the streets, glistening like cockroaches in our black plastic wrappers. Hardly anyone ever

answered the door, some threw a bunch of F words our way, but we were happy just to get

a few withered sweets or the worst parts of a pensioner's fruit bowl.


Nowadays, it's all changed, of course. Tricksters are the height of fashion, parents, too.

There are face masks so real you wouldn't know whether real-life zombies walked amongst us. We dress our homes in holographic displays and wonder webbing, anticipating the sounds of wonder and terror as the local kids pass by.



And, why the hell not? Why shouldn’t we grasp every chance we can to have fun? To set aside that space for our little ones, to be creative and free. Laptops down, briefcases closed, a trusty mobile to capture the night (or else it wouldn't exist.)