several Sydneysiders choose to embrace American vacation

His Drummoyne-based store, The Party People, which has been in his family for 35 years, has had one of its biggest business weeks ever.

“Probably about 20 years ago there would have been a strange person doing it, and the last 10 or 15 years we’ve seen it really accelerate,” he said.

“Now I think we’re almost at the point where it’s become a mainstream thing.”

Teacher of American Studies Rodney Taveira said that every year in Australia, Halloween inspires media and cultural commentators to question whether we should celebrate what has become a very American holiday.

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“Every year the resistance decreases further as the global youth culture continues to be more and more centered around the United States,” said the Sydney University professor.

He said the anti-Halloween sentiment in Australia comes from persistent anti-Americanism.

“I think this anger is particularly felt among older Australians who have a more UK-centered understanding of Australia’s culture and history, who somehow see the consumption of British media as ‘more Australian’,” said Professor Taveira .

“Coincidentally, these people are more likely to have opportunities for their resentment to be heard.”

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Professor Taveira said that Halloween, which has its roots in Irish and Scottish history and a pagan festival known as Samhain, has come to stay in Australia.

“You can not quarrel with marketers and producers – or fun!” he said.

“No-sayers might as well stop raising their objections. They might concentrate their energy on stopping Thanksgiving from becoming a thing. They might get more support there.”

Mrs Dizon agrees.

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