Kids & Family Blogged by: Wollongong Central 18 Oct 2018 View comments
Halloween in Australia - What you need to know
Blogged by: Wollongong Central 18 Oct 2018 View comments
Halloween is a growing trend in the good old land of Oz. If you have kids, they’ll expect to be involved in some weird, wacky or wonderful way. It’s no longer just about ghosts, witches and spider webs. Noooo. These days it’s almost in line with street Christmas light competitions. Aussies are amping it up and you’d better get with the freaky program if you want to take part this year.
Here’s all the info you need to be prepared, and how to stay sane in the creepy crawly season.

Wed 31 October. Anywhere, everywhere. And if you try to run… they’ll fiiiind yooooou.
In all seriousness… expect to see houses covered with an assortment of creepy decorations as well as pint sized ghoulies walking the streets looking for goodies.

Fear not. There’s nothing to say you must have 683 snack sized snickers bars ready at your door. In fact, you don’t have to be involved at all. Here’s what you need to know re Halloween etiquette (if you are a trick or treater, or a giver of treats).
  • Be careful witch door you knock on… not everyone is open to trick or treaters. Generally, if a house has Halloween decorations up, they are a safe bet. 
  • Don’t knock on doors or ring doorbells after 6.30pm. People are winding down.
  • Be safe! Don’t send kids alone (of course). Go with them, in groups. Teach them about stranger danger before you go out and if you respect the rules, you’ll ensure you are only targeting willing households.
  • Manners, manners and manners. 
  • If you aren’t roaming the streets and prefer instead to stay home and give out treats, here are some tips for making it spooktacular.
  • If you are participating, let people know. You don’t have to cover your house top to bottom. Just stick a few decorations on your letterbox.
  • Don’t give trick or treater’s fruit (they’ll probably throw it back at you, and you would have deserved it). Sure, you can make it healthy… just don’t make it BORING. Or they’ll be laughing at you so much they’ll be coffin.
  • Only offer wrapped treats. Parents are (rightly) paranoid about treats from strangers. Make sure they are sealed and safe.
  • If you have run out of treats (or don’t feel like you can take anymore)... turn your outdoor lights off or stick up a politely worded note. 


Coles has a great range of spooky customes, fun props and dont forget they are stocked full of treats to hand out to all the little ghosts and gouls that knock on your door!

Coles Creepy Pumpkins Chocolate Net 75g - $1.00

Candles are a great way to set the tone with Halloween decorating... Dusk has mix of cute and creepy Halloween candles for you to enjoy!

Dusk Ombre Glitter Skull Rose Gold/Black Large 70hr - $29.99

Is this the first year you have wanted to decorate your house but not sure where to start? Head to Target for an amazing selection of Novelty Halloween items that is sure to make your house look truely spooky!

Target Halloween Dress Up Skeleton Assorted - $8.00

Wondering where to go to get an easy dress up for the kids? Cotton On Kids has a range of dress ups to spook and to dazzle! 

Cotton On Kids Witch Dress Me Up - $19.99

Best and Less has a great range of spooky outfits, pajamas, tops and tees, for babies through to teens! And if you looking for something to carry all those treats, Best and Less have these DIY halloween bags!

Best and Less Kids Halloween Drawing Bag - $5.00

Looking to surprise your self with some Halloween themed homewares and novelty items? Then head to TK Maxx...They have an ever changing, and always surprising, mix of items! Each store recieves different items but be assured there will be items to set the scene!

TK Maxx Light up stack up pumpkins - (Contact store for pricing and availability)

Go forth and get freaky! Have an un-boo-lievable Halloween, pumpkins!

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