Halloween horrors,devilish delights and a really bad joke about oranges

It’s Friday which means its time for another Team Netmums Blog. This week we’ve started to think/panic about Halloween with costume dramas taking up our thoughts as we try to get organised in advance.

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‘Mum…this year I want to dress up as a spooky china doll. Can you sort out a costume please?’ (said by Nic’s 11 year old)

Urgh. It’s utterances such as this that can lead parents to sleepless nights and panic as they have to turn their thoughts to creating costumes for Halloween. Nic suggested her daughter might like to be a ghost instead (whist eying up an old sheet and a pair of scissors and thinking aha – simples!) But – no – china doll it was and the search began for an ‘old fashioned puffy sleeved dress’. Meanwhile Cathy was begging for inspiration as to how to turn an old umbrella into a pair of bat wings – apparently she had woken up in the wee small hours her mind running through all the possibilities.

Halloween’s coming and it seems to get bigger every year. You can’t go to the shops without falling over displays of spooky snacks, lurid costumes and all sorts of groaning, light up and generally downright terrifying ghoulish paraphernalia.

As usual here on the Team we have been busy researching, creating and putting together a whole cauldron full of Halloween ideas for Netmums well in advance. We now just have to find time (in between work, half term shenanigans and life in general) to find and make costumes, food and crafts for our own children.

Luckily Nic happened upon a frankly quite vile puffy sleeved party dress in the shops that was cheap enough to buy and trash for the china doll and Cathy was persuaded away from her (admittedly quite mad) umbrella working-bat-wing idea and cut some wings from her hubby’s old (ish – well – don’t tell him he has loads and might not notice!) black shirt instead and sewed them onto the sleeves of an old black top – teamed with a headband and cardboard bat ears – another mission accomplished!

Some of the mini Team Netmums have been planning and practising their ‘tricks’ for weeks already – they have come up with spooky stories (that will no doubt bore rather than terrify people on the doorstep), original Halloween songs (along with accompanying dance moves) and some good old Halloween jokes (short and sweet – now where are the treats?).

There have been discussions in the Netmums coffeehouse over how some children knock on doors and just expect a bag of sweets without doing a single trick or party piece.  Some of the Team even admit to turning off the lights and hiding from trick or treaters altogether!

If you’re beginning to think about Halloween and need some ideas and inspiration then we have put together a packed one-stop Netmums Halloween Guide to help. It has everything from devilish delights (melon brain and egg eyeballs anyone?) to fab party games, costume ideas to pumpkin carving tricks. We promise to add this year’s costumes to the gallery after the event too as inspiration for future years. Do add photos of your little devils too.

Here are some costume drama soothers. Take a look through our gallery for ideas and inspiration. And if your child is struggling to think of a decent trick and wants to go for the easy ‘tell-a-joke’ option then our mini team have come up with these gems!  Worth a sweet we think?

‘What do you get when you cross Bambi with a ghost?’ – ‘BamBOO’

‘What do you call a ghost with a broken leg?’ ‘A hoblin goblin’

‘What is a vampire’s favourite fruit?’ ‘Neck – tarines’

(our favourite) ‘What do you call a mummy who eats toast in bed?’ ‘A crumby mummy’

Knock knock’

‘Who’s there?’

‘Orange’

‘Orange who?’

‘Orange you glad it’s Halloween?’ (OK – this one may need some work but it did make a pair of 5 and 6 year olds roll around clutching their tummies chuckling with mirth!)

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Share your photos of your little devils all dressed up for trick or treating with us in our costume gallery or take a peek now and get ideas for costumes. Share photos of all things Halloween and share any gruesome foodie ideas with us too. Happy Halloween!

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