Halloween

Today’s guest blog is from Claire Evans, writing about her love of Halloween and all things ghoulish.  Happy Halloween everyone

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Halloween has always been a highlight of my calendar.  I can’t recall with certainty why this is.  I am in my thirties and this pagan event was not really on the radar of eighties parents.

My parents always love a good ghost story around the fire and my father has certainly had his own ghostly encounters.  They also happen to be history buffs and days out would be spent shivering amongst ancient castle ruins, playing princess at a medieval castle or bored witless at historic battle re-enactments.

Cultural influences crept in, in the form of Hollywood films.  Darkly humoured offerings such as The Goonies, Indiana Jones, and their ilk, seeped into my consciousness.  My best friend was born into a family of keen amateur dramatics.  Productions often relied on the works of Agatha Christie.  Oh and I also happened to live in the same village as Roald Dahl, consequently exploring Tales of the Unexpected alongside his universally loved children’s books.

In adulthood, I relished throwing Halloween bashes, complete with candles, fake bodies in the bath and killer punch!  It must therefore have been written in the tealeaves that my son would inherit my appreciation for the supernatural.

Whilst we have curbed our more macabre tendencies during Halloween festivities (see above) in recent years, my husband and I have continued to carve a pumpkin, decorate the house and encourage our son, Caleb to dress up.  I can account for his Halloween costumes for five out of his six years on earth.  He has been dressed as a cat, a skeleton, a ghost, Count Dracula and triumphantly, a werewolf.  In fact, so alarmed were the children at last year’s Halloween party by my son’s werewolf costume and the realism he brought to his role (he never came out of character), many of them were reduced to tears, calling a halt to the party games!  Given that many of the children in attendance were a year younger than my son, my guilt was palpable.

As a family, we now embrace Halloween period dietary requirements – green and red food colouring, anything resembling an eyeball (the eggs/olives combo works well), witches fingers, bloody pasta and the most delicious rotten apples complete with flaked chocolate bark, vermicelli ants and dead fly raisins, all swimming in a toffee sauce muddy puddle.  Amazingly, we have even conjured up dishes from pumpkin, which actually have flavour!

So here we are again – the smell of decay in the air and the brown gold carpet ground coverage of leaves.  The wind is howling outside.  Caleb has spent most of today variously buying, trying on or discussing face paint and morbid costume accessories with feverish excitement.  Even I have had my fill of Halloween today and found myself saying:  “It’s not for another week!”

And if you need further convincing of my son’s genetic fascination with all things paranormal, he has just come within a cat’s whisker of a tantrum because I wouldn’t let him ghost write my Halloween blog!
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What do you think of Halloween? Will you be drawing the curtains and turning off the lights or will you be showing off your pumpkin and handing out sweets? If Halloween is your thing you’ll find lots of inspiration over on www.netmums.com whether you’re planning a party making a quick costume or doing something else entirely!

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3 Responses to Halloween

  1. I have always enjoyed doing Duck apple and trying to east things tied onto a washing line- as i did these things with my dad when I was little- so its taken me a while to get into Halloween. I like the idea of going to friends with torches, scarves and frosty breath. For years we have gone to neighbours with a spooky craft activity and that’s always been a huge success. I have a few simple craft and colour ideas that are simple and good fun – you are most welcome to download them for free http://www.thecreationstation.co.uk/Kids-Halloween-Crafts-Ideas/
    Hope you have fun!

  2. Tina says:

    I had a wonderful evening last night. I went with my 3year old son to a ‘you can’t beat a treat party’ at my local church. It was well run, safe and exciting for all ages with prizes and games. Much much better than having strangers knock on my door in scary costumes and my child enjoyed treats without needing to threaten anyone! Well done Hope Church Orpington!

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