Night of frights

Eva Douglas (7), Riley Thompson (4), Jade Warner (6), all from Kensington, are looking forward to Halloween. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d409731
Eva Douglas (7), Riley Thompson (4), Jade Warner (6), all from Kensington, are looking forward to Halloween. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d409731

On Thursday night, more than 50 witches, ghosts and vampires are expected to roam the streets in search of tricks and treats.

While in today’s society the night is associated with a candy craze, it is believed Halloween has Celtic routes and the ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the dead would come back to life.

Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to ward of roaming ghosts.

In Australia, the tradition is slowly growing but warnings have been published about the day contributing to food allergy risks and obesity.

But Kensington resident Melanie Bozich said the day was more about community involvement and Halloween was the perfect day to encourage it.

‘It’s about getting kids back onto the streets and playing and interacting with other kids,’ she said.

‘Everyone actually loves it. They all love seeing the kids dressed up and having fun together.’

She explained that they day allowed for kids and the elderly to interact and socialise.

‘Let them meet their neighbours and socialise,’ she said. ‘Like the old-fashioned days.’

Six-year-old Leah Thompson said she planned to dress up as a witch and her favourite part of Halloween was collecting lollies.

– If you would like to participate, dress up and meet at Mackie Street Reserve at 5.15pm.

Trick or treat:

– Kensington’s Halloween Routes.

*Gwenyfred Road

*Lansdowne Road

*Fourth Avenue

*Courthope Street, King George Street, Susan Street

– Leave some decorations out if you would like some little monsters knocking on your door.