Carnival Cruise Line kicked off this year’s celebrations in an Aussie way, with Carnival Spirit sporting a big spider on her arrival in Sydney.

A recent Halloween survey by Carnival found that 50% of the nation was afraid of spiders, with creepy crawlies on top of the list of things that most scared them, ahead of public speaking, the dark and heights, according to a statement released by the line.


The survey of over 1,000 Australians revealed that a 5th of respondents believed October 31 was about scaring people, with more than a 30% saying they got dressed up as something scary like a ghost or a witch.

Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said that when they realised the Australian-based liner Carnival Spirit would be in the port of Sydney on the Halloween eve, they could notresist getting in on the act.

“As an American cruise line, we could be accused of going a bit OTT with Halloween. It’s a big event across our 24-ship fleet - including our Australian-based superliners Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend - and we wanted to share some of that frightful fun with Sydneysiders by doing something big that screamed Aussie Halloween,” Vandekreeke said.

Carnival’s Halloween survey found that 71% of Aussies felt Halloween had become more popular in recent years, while a 5th would like to see October 31 became a public holiday.