Halloween when I was a kid involved me stealing a black bin liner from my mum’s precious stash and poking arm holes through it while concocting a witch hat out of a cereal box.
I’m not even sure why I dressed up because it’s not like I went anywhere or the day was even celebrated. I suppose having an excuse to pretend to be something else is in-built in all children. The game of make believe.
^^Little London at 10 months.
I obviously wasn’t the only child that had the desire to celebrate Halloween on my street. The boys I played with as a child once tried to get trick or treating off the ground, but I think my mum firmly put an end to that as instead of playing along to the trick or treat question she just said no thank you and shut the door. It’s just not something that was typically British in culture.
Once realising the error of her ways she did run after them with an apple in each hand. I’m not sure that’s the kind of treat they had in mind, but welcome to my childhood!
In all my years as a child though I don’t remember any other child coming to our front door on Halloween (perhaps the apple tale was told far and wide and our house was avoided!).
But as the days start to darken and the long nights draw in there’s something exciting about having a ‘day’ to celebrate and look forward to. Which is why I think Halloween is becoming a much more British affair.
^^Little London at 1 year and 10 months.
The stigma around it isn’t quite what it once was, and instead it’s something that celebrated and enjoyed in a light hearted, gimmicky fashion. Just look at the supermarkets in the lead up to it!
After all what is cuter than a day where the lead up is all about dressing up in specially thought out Halloween costumes and baking Halloween goodies.
Last year I went to an amazing event put on by the Chiltern Open Air Museum where my little one was dressed up as Harry Potter; he has dark hair- what could be an easier outfit!
It was great to go trick or treating and walk around in the dark with only a torch to provide us with light.
With a white horse dressed as a unicorn flanked by its dancing minions, and the three witches deep in the woods stirring up a magical brew, it was perfectly scary and enthralling- you can see a bit of the event on this vlog I filmed nearly a year ago!
This year I hope to find something similar to go to, so if you have any ideas or places near you let me know!
But to get us in the mood throughout this month I’ll be putting my cookie making skills to the test, and entrusting Little London with some decorating and getting our at home craft on! As for his outfit I may have an idea up my sleeve 😉
Do you celebrate Halloween? If so what do you do to get yourselves ready for it?