FRIGHT NIGHT: Getting in the Halloween spirit are Julie Cochrane (front) and (back from left) Steve Moran, Kelsey Cochrane and Gavin Cochrane.
FRIGHT NIGHT: Getting in the Halloween spirit are Julie Cochrane (front) and (back from left) Steve Moran, Kelsey Cochrane and Gavin Cochrane. Kate Czerny

Ipswich gets into the spooky spirit

AUSTRALIANS as a whole may have been notably reluctant to adopt the American tradition of Halloween, but that won't deter a handful of ghoul-friendly Ipswich neighbourhoods from getting their ghost on this year.

For some, the lure of dressing up as hideous and horrific characters - and sending a chill up the spine of a few unsuspecting residents in the process - is too strong to resist.

Julie Cochran will go above and beyond in embracing the trick or treat tradition this week, turning her property into a "Halloween Haunt" by creating a scary walk-through display in her yard for locals to enjoy.

"It started as a Halloween party with friends about four years ago and grew from there," she said.

"A lot of props are hand-made, we have joke-telling skeletons, pumpkins that we project faces onto at night, lighting and we walk around handing out lollies so it's really fun.

"This year we are going to have a donation tin that we are giving to Canteen, my husband has cancer at the moment and Canteen helps children that have to deal with family going through cancer, it's a great cause."

Although a number of households will welcome trick-or-treaters this year, there will also be those who will prefer not to participate.

Houses not wanting to be disturbed are advised to leave outside lights off and put a sign on their doors asking people not to knock.

Ipswich resident Andy Andromeda said Halloween was a harmless way to have fun and get to know fellow community members.

"You should be having fun(and) trying to have the best costume in the street," he said.

"Get out meet the neighbours - it's all about having a spirit of community."

The Halloween Haunt will be held at 525 Junction Rd, Barellan Point tomorrow from 6-10pm and on Saturday from 6-8pm.



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