Halloween has come and gone. I have to admit, that Halloween is one of my favourite holidays of the year, despite October’s freezing cold and the constant threat of rain. This year it all felt particularly rushed. Even though we were prepared, there was a pile of little things that needed to be done last minute.
Pumpkins to carve, cobwebs to hang, window decorations to re-affix with tape, orange and white witch and skull lights to be turned on… and a costume to be created on the spot. My son decided that he wanted to be a pirate, despite planning on being Spiderman for the last two weeks.
Thankfully found a sailor-like top, a pirate hat I made him a few weeks back and his broken toy sword. Made a belt from paper and Sophie did the face paint. It came out alright I think.
Our daughter went as a cat. She claims it’s original (I counted three girls as cats in the trick-or-treaters this year), but she did design the costume herself. Picking the black clothes, gloves and mask and making the tail from a black scarf.
The one thing I love about Halloween around here is that all the neighbours are on the street. There is a bit of a community spirit you just don’t see the rest of the year. And our estate seems to be quite popular. We had an army of trick-or-treaters. Vampires, witches, zombies, the rubberbandits and a few I had no idea what they were meant to be. Amazingly, of the ones I saw, only one hadn’t made much of an effort: a teenager had a rubber mask on her head and backpack though her friend was dressed as a zombie. In the end we made about 50-60 bags and we were left with about 3.
Our next-door neighbour had a bunch of fireworks and setup on the green. Pretty impressive stuff. Even funnier when a cop car drove slowly into the estate, right past where he was setup, did a U-turn and drove slowly back out, as the fireworks went off above our heads. My son was impressed by the light display. My poor older daughter found it too much with the loud sound.
A good night overall me thinks and the kids got a good haul too.
I was disappointed I couldn’t find one classic horror or family-halloween movie on the TV. No Hocus Pocus, no Halloween, no Nightmare Before Christmas, No Ghostbusters… nothing, besides the regular Wednesday night programming. Netflix too failed. While the kids stayed up later than normal (it is the holidays for them), ultimately we all ended up going to bed early. Everyone was shattered.
Now to detune a bit. Got about a week until the Christmas assault begins I figure. But before the Halloween spirit falls asleep another year, check out this rather cool Halloween short! I hope your Halloween went well.