Hallowe’en not ready for prime time

Despite the efforts of some marketers to convince New Zealanders to adopt Hallowe’en (I hear that in the US there are even Hallowe’en greeting cards), the message isn’t getting through in my Auckland neighbourhood.

Again this year, there wasn’t a single knock on the door on Oct 31. Our emergency supply of muesli bars remains safe. (Based on previous years we knew there was no sense in buying lollies for the occasion, but the muesli bars are always on standby.)

Now, if only we could un-adopt Guy Fawkes Day – or at least the amateur pyrotechnics that see thousands of dollars go up in smoke while causing injuries, and terrifying pets and wildlife every November 5.