Every year the stores try to get more money out of us by promoting Christmas and Easter a couple of months early. In addition they remind us well ahead of time about Valentine's day, mother's day, father's day, Australia day and now Halloween.
Halloween is not an Australian tradition yet during the past decade it's been thrust upon us a little more each year until now there is a large collection of items available for sale at supermarkets in the weeks leading up to the end of October.
I find it quite disheartening that we are so willing to jump on board and grab the traditions from another country that has no basis in our own history.
For most kids it must seem like a godsend - lollies, lollies and more lollies with a fun costume thrown in. For parents it must seem like hell - lollies, lollies and more lollies with a sugar-overloaded kid thrown in!
If we are honest with ourselves and try to see the true motives behind it all, the main purpose of these holidays for supermarkets and stores is to do whatever they can to take more money from us. They really don't care that the majority of Australians are not interested in participating in Halloween. They're counting on the kids to make their parents lives insufferable until they relent.
I'm sure Aussie kids everywhere will do their bit!