My childhood trick-or-treating had a huge ‘rack-off’ vibe. Halloween in Australia is different now. Halloween in Australia is different now | Cameron Williams

Lollies, neighbours, topical costumes like the Ship that got Stuck in the Suez Canal – why the hell not?

“Piss off” is my earliest memory of Halloween in Australia. An old man yelled it from his front porch on a hot afternoon in the mid-nineties when a friend and I tried to trick or treat.

There was a huge “rack-off” vibe up in our neighbourhood. The closest we got to a Halloween haul was when a lady dropped a few carrots in our bags. The experience could have been my Halloween villain origin story. I could have been ranting on Sky News Australia about how it has no place in this country, but I continued to live out the spooky season by renting Hocus Pocus on VHS a billion times and savouring annual Treehouse of Horror episodes of The Simpsons.

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