Photo by Linda Robertson.
The only thing more ghoulish and ghastly than the Halloween
costumes last night was the weather in Dunedin.
Sadly, drizzle stopped many young trick-or-treaters from
hoarding candy and the odd healthy alternative, such as
But for some brave and hardy souls dressed as Harry Potter,
ninjas, pirates, fairies, ghosts or goblins, the pickings
Columba College pupils (from left) Amira Alloo (15),
Charlotte Hall (15), Bailey Saville (15), Boome Kim (14) and
Alice Toomer (15) were celebrating Halloween in Maori Hill.
Dunedin residents appeared to be ready for the carnage and
chaos caused by trick-or-treaters. Because so few turned up
on their doorsteps, there was an abundance of goodies on
offer, one parent said.
And it seems the annual celebration was not just for
Many teenagers and adults got into the spirit of the evening
by dressing up as well.
The superstition surrounding Halloween is believed to have
originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when
people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off
Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honour
all saints and martyrs in the eighth century, and the
holiday, All Saints' Day, incorporated some of the traditions
The evening before was known as All Hallows' Eve and later
Over time, Halloween has evolved into something more secular
with community-based events including child-friendly
activities such as trick-or-treating.