With us going on holiday next week, we have been trying to get ready for Halloween well in advance this year. Every Halloween I am surprised at just how much of a big deal it has become, with a whole aisle at our local supermarket devoted to costumes, party ware and Halloween themed goodies for Trick or Treaters.
As a child Halloween was never really a big occasion. My brother and I would dress up in our costumes which consisted of a cape, made from a blanket, and a witches hat, made from the cardboard of a Cornflakes box, and we would go outside to our front door and do the whole pretence of “Trick or Treat!” when our Mum answered. And we would eat our Opal Fruits, watching an age old Horror movie on the telly, before going off to bed just like every other night. It was, quite simply, no big deal.
These days the celebrations seem to start early with the annual trip to a pumpkin patch, spamming social media with countless, but adorable, pumpkin photos. We have never taken part in this tradition before but this year, with it being just Harry and I, we decided to go and see what the big deal was. We went along to Poplar Farm in Ormskirk, and although I had no idea what to expect it was as simple as choosing a wheelbarrow (a decision which took Harry five minutes!) and going in search of a pumpkin.
Harry loved running amongst the pumpkins, and especially pushing the wheelbarrow. He did get quite angry at one point that the pumpkins were, “Too heavy for Harris!”, and, after kicking a pumpkin or two, he was happy to finally find one small enough for him to pick up!
By the time we left the pumpkin patch I completely understood why so many people make it part of their Halloween celebrations each year. Seeing the look on Harrys face as we chose our prized pumpkin, rather than just buying one from the supermarket like previous years, was really lovely and I’m looking forward to taking all four of the children this time next year.
With the girls having missed out on the pumpkin patch, they were consoled with the fact that we had chosen a huge pumpkin for them to carve. Although they are too young to be involved in any of the actual carving, they enjoyed scooping out the pumpkin seeds and helping Gaz to create a super scary face!
Once our pumpkin was carved we lined the base with tin foil, which helps to give a really effective reflection, and used our battery operated lights from Lights 4 You to create a fantastic, child friendly, pumpkin.
Along with our pumpkin, we make sure to leave Halloween decorations in the porch each year. I think it’s important that children are aware that some people don’t welcome Trick or Treaters and to look for signs, such as pumpkins or decorations, on the houses that do. Lewis and his friends are old enough at twelve to go out on their own and yet I still remind him of this rule each year. We have some amazing spooky wall stickers to go up in the porch next weekend ready to welcome our Trick or Treaters. The Halloween range from Stickerscape is so much fun and starting at just £5.00 for these designs, you really can’t grumble! The girls have been asking every day since they arrived can we put them up already, but with still over a week to go, I have to keep telling them not just yet!!
The loveliest thing about Halloween so far has been Eva attending her very first Halloween disco at school. As many of you know, she has really struggled with starting school and we have had seven long weeks of tears and tantrums, and for that reason I had very low expectations for this disco. After clinging to my leg and whimpering for the first ten minutes, and me mumbling under my breath that I knew we shouldn’t have bothered, it was a miracle when she finally got up to dance with her friends. And within thirty seconds she was a child transformed! For the first time since September I saw my happy, confident and excitable little girl, and sat there, swallowing a huge lump in my throat, I felt so proud of her and how far she has come.
The girls were very excited at being able to wear their Halloween costumes early, infact they’ve had them on the entire weekend and I literally had to wrestle their dresses tonight. While Eva insists that her “Corpse bride” costume is infact a witch, she turned me into a frog several times just to prove this point, Megan is convinced that her costume is that of a dinosaur. At least it’s one up from last year when she swore that the same costume was a rhinoceros!!
Sadly there will be no photos of Harry in his Halloween costume this year as he took one look at his pumpkin suit, threw back his head and howled, screaming, “I wanted a dress!!!”.
With a busy few days ahead, and a holiday to plan for, I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Halloween and I look forward to reading all of your spook-tacular posts!!
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