Halloween is upon us again and love it or hate it, Australian kids are thrilled to be sleuthing around their neighborhood for spooky treats. While many vocal opponents of Halloween in Australia make it an American tradition that they think should have no place here, they couldn’t be more wrong.
Halloween is originally a Celtic tradition that began in Ireland over 2,000 years ago and quickly spread around the world. And it looks like the recent pandemic hasn’t been the only time our sleight of hand has been hit, as the practice was suspended during both world wars.
McCrindle’s research found that 64% of Australians plan to observe Halloween 2022 with parties, dressing up, decorating their homes, handing out treats and taking their children for tricks or treats.
Watch the video above for all of Jo Abi’s last-minute tips and tricks for Halloween 2022 on Weekend Today.
This year, Halloween is on Monday, which means families don’t have much time to sort themselves out after a busy day at school.
Here are all the last-minute tips and tricks you’ll need for a spooky day!
Last minute costume ideas
Many parents skip Halloween at the last minute, either because they’re too busy to shop specifically for this spooky day or because of budget constraints.
Either way, there are plenty of last-minute dress-up ideas for your home, including:
- Ghost with a sheet and eyes cut out;
- Zombie using plain clothes and dark makeup around the eyes;
- Reusing Book Week costumes;
- Take an old school uniform and spray it with tomato sauce and pale makeup.
You can also visit your local Best & Less store for affordable last minute costumes like this:
Make your own treat containers and decorations
You don’t have to spend money on special containers. Instead, grab some spare baskets, buckets, tote bags, or paper shopping bags and get started!
Draw pumpkins, spiders, and webs, cut them out with your kids, and glue them to these items for a specialized lollipop collection container.
For decorations, hit your local The Reject Shop for affordable spooky decorations and ready-made treats.
Alternatively, you can create larger versions of the pumpkins, spiders and webs you’ve drawn to decorate candy containers and stick them on your front door and mailbox. Hanging white linens over fences, trees, and gates is another easy way to decorate this Halloween.
Organize a party
To help keep track of your kids on Monday nights, consider inviting the families of your kids’ closest friends over for an adult get-together. This makes it a great base camp for groups of kids who can choose to trick or treat once or even twice.
Parents can take turns accompanying them and it’s up to the parents if they all come out in their own costumes.
Spooky and spooky treats for parties and families
This week, 9Honey’s Jane de Graaff showcased some simple Halloween treats and foods that will horrify and delight this Halloween 2022.
How to Find Halloween-Friendly Areas Near You
You can search for the most Halloween-friendly areas in your neighborhood by using the Next Door App. Simply find the pumpkin symbols to see which houses are giving out treats near you.
You can also ask on your local Facebook community pages and visit your local council’s website.
Pandemic restrictions are behind us, leaving the usual Halloween etiquette tips for Halloween 2022.
Remind children to:
- Only approach houses displaying Halloween decorations or the houses of people you know who are happy to receive treats
- Only approach the houses once and take a treat each, unless otherwise instructed;
- Put your loudest kids at the front of the group so shy kids can stay back and still get their treat;
- Don’t forget to say “thank you” every time.
The most popular Halloween costumes in 2022
This year, the most popular Halloween costumes should be:
- One of the Three Witches from Hocus Pocus 2 is now available on Disney Plus;
- 80s gear courtesy of Stranger Things 2;
- Superheroes, especially anything from the Marvel series;
- Traditional costumes like ghosts and zombies.
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