The scariest thing about it being Halloween today is that we are at the end of October already! How did that happen?! This year is flying by. I’m sure I say that at about this time every year but it really is.
I must admit that I’m not that big on Halloween myself. I know, I know! But to be honest, I’m never quite sure what we’re supposed to be celebrating? But the kids love it so I’m happy to go along with it. It does seem to become more of A Thing with every passing year though, doesn’t it? When I was little I don’t remember it being a big deal at all. Although I do remember fashioning a witches outfit out of a bin liner one year. Fetching. But I’ve even seen it grow in popularity since my teenagers were little. They always used to get dressed up but there didn’t seem to be quite as much fuss. We used to recycle the same old witches hats and Harry Potter cape year after year but they were happy enough with that! Honest!
But while I’m happy to go along with Halloween for the children, I’ve never been completely comfortable with the whole trick or treating thing. Knocking on strangers’ doors and asking for sweets? It’s just not very British, is it? I don’t mind other children who come knocking though and we always buy treats in. I just don’t like my own children doing it which I know doesn’t make much sense?! But actually in the last couple of years, we haven’t had a single knock on the door. All the more Parma Violets for me! I mean the children! Last year I even had to go outside and knock on the door so that my youngest two could pretend that I was a trick or treater as they were desperate to give somebody some sweeties – even if it was only me!
As it happens though, my children are happy for us to make our own fun at home. One of the best things about having such a lovely big family it has to be said. Two of them are too cool to pretend to care, one of them is scared of the dark and the other doesn’t like sweets. So along with my British reserve, trick or treating really isn’t for us! Ha! It started quite by accident (as these things do) but it has become a bit of a tradition for us to have a Halloween party. We always carve the pumpkin together. Well when I say together, I mean they have grand designs but usually get bored five minutes into the yucky scooping out bit while I’m left to make a poor attempt at carving the thing! All good fun though! The kids love dressing up plus it’s a chance to bake some spooky treats and bring out the bunting. Any excuse to bring out the bunting of course!
Happy Halloween folks! What do you have planned?