Gympie’s fright night
A SPELL has been cast over Gympie residents who appear to be getting into the spirit of Halloween this year more than ever before.
Trick-or-treat has become all treat for retailers that have been doing a rip-roaring trade selling Halloween paraphernalia and costumes.
At Madhouse Discount Variety Store in Goldfields Plaza, all things ghastly and ghoulish were walking out the door.
And it was no different anywhere else in Gympie with Halloween-related gear much sought-after.
Costume parties and fright nights are being held around the region tonight, with revellers taking advantage of Halloween falling on a Saturday this year. Whatever the reasons, Halloween is definitely growing in popularity.
Its earliest origins date back to an ancient Celtic festival, Samhain. This heralded the Celtic New Year, which started on November 1.
Marking the end of summer and the beginning of a dark, cold winter, Samhain, was a time of year often associated with death. Celts believed on the night before New Year the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead were blurred and the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.