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We love to be scared

Posted by: Paul Entwistle | 30 October, 2012 - 1:02 PM
Australian's are embracing horror films and events like Halloween like never before. But why?

It would seem that Australian's are developing quite a taste for all things horror including it would seem the Americanised idea of Halloween. Rod Tiley spoke to horror expert Dr Mark Ryan from the University of Queensland who says deep  down we like to be scared.

Blog comments Your Say

  • We live in the Southern Hemisphere people. Halloween or Samhain (pronounced Sown) is that day between Autumn and Winter when people gave thanks for summer's produce and lay stores for the coming cold, bunkered down, remembered, and spoke of their dear departed; put candles at the windows to light the way and lay a place at the table in honour of those gone but forever loved.
    I don't think of Samhain in such ghoulish terms, and, anyway, to my mind, in this country, the 31st of October is Beltane, or "May Day" and we should be all dancing around the May Pole and celebrating our fecundity.

    Dellas Thursday 1 November, 2012 - 8:47 PM
  • Halloween is an Irish creation. The purpose of it is - All Saints Day which is meant to be the day all the saints gather together to get rid of all the evil spirits. If you give a gift you bless that person if you receive a trick you are being blessed so on. A lot of Australians are part Irish. The Americans made money by promoting it in their movies. They are descended from Ireland too.

    Denise Wednesday 31 October, 2012 - 7:27 PM
  • that is very true Halloween is very american. we need to seperate our selves from that culture as nothing good has ever come out of USA

    Joe Wednesday 31 October, 2012 - 2:03 PM
  • When I was a child in Australia we never celebrated Halloween, we never even heard of it and that was about 35 years ago. Why would we as we are Australians, not Americans. The same with Valentines. Maybe just an excuse for the shops to push another countries culture on us to make money! We seem like a copy cat nation and do what the Americans do. Our kids are starting to sound like them as well.

    Sheila Tuesday 30 October, 2012 - 1:22 PM

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