TRICKY: Carina Bates with her children Jack, 9, and Lacey, 6, all ready for Halloween outside their home in East Maitland. Picture: Simone De PeakIF you see an army of zombies, vampires, witches and wizards charging towards your doorstep this evening, your best chance of survival is throughoffering a sweet treat in exchange for their retreat.
Halloween has arrived in the Hunter, much to the delight of Carina Batesand her family.
Ms Bates, who grew up in the US, said her family would step out as characters from Harry Potteras they hit the streets of East Maitland to go “trick or treating” tonight.
She said they hadbeen planning their costumes together, and decorating their two-storey home, for weeks.
“We dress up with a different theme every year,” she said.
“This year it’s Harry Potter. Wehave Hermoine and Harry, I’m Mrs McGonagall and my husband is Hagrid.
“It’s such a great, fun thing for the family to do.
“For us, as a family, it’s a really great way to let go of the day-to-day, and just focus on something joyful and creative and different, and we all get to contribute. That’s why I love it so much.”
SCARE: Something strange in the neighbourhood? Halloween is here. Picture: Simone De Peak
Ms Bates said since coming to Australia, she had watched the popularity of Halloween grow.
She said people would slow down as they drove by their house to look at their decorations, and neighbours would stop to chat.
“It’snot about adopting a cultural tradition from another country, and it’s not even about the lollies. For us it’s about that magic and wonderment and that connection we get as a family, andalso the connection we get with the people in our community,” she said.
“For me, personally, I just love the joy of it, the looks on people’s faces, the excitement. I would like to see more people embrace it.”
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