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I have never made a secret about the fact that I am not a massive Halloween fan, but this year I thought I’d make an effort – for Amy. She loves dressing up and so do her cousins, so I got in touch with Ben’s sister (she’s got the bigger house) and asked her what she thought of a little Halloween party for the kids. She instantly agreed and so we started planning the afternoon. We needed some decorations, sweet treats for us and potential trick or treaters and of course costumes. Charlotte got outfits for her little ones and Amy and I started our shopping marathon at Morrisons and Tesco. You can find out all about it in our photo album on Google+.
We got Amy this adorable little witches outfit in black and gold for just £6 and some black tights with a golden star print. Her costume proved to be a real hit with Amy. She literally didn’t want to take it off and it had to sleep with her the night of the party. Dressed up to get started, we made our way to Ben’s sister on the day of the actual party. She only lives a 15 minute drive away from us, so we quickly popped everything in the boot and got into Halloween mode by listening to Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell on full blast. Yes, I’m not ashamed to admit this, I love this song!
In the morning Amy and I had made scary Halloween cupcakes with cupcake toppers that we had found at Morrisons plus Halloween cake pops that looked like skeletons and pumpkins. They did not turn as glam as I had hoped for, they were my very first attempt at cake pops, but the kids loved them and kept snacking on them in between our party games.
We played musical statues, danced at our little monster disco and had a go at find the spider, my absolutely hilarious version of hide and seek! I simply got two of these giant spiders and hid them around the house. Whoever found them sitting on a cupboard or hanging from the shower curtain, had to act like they were really really scared and run away screaming. Best idea I’ve ever had, you wouldn’t believe how much we laughed. We were literally wetting ourselves at the kids’ scared impressions. There’s some potential for one or two Academy Awards in our family, I tell you that!
After two hours of fun and games, it was time for a round of trick or treating. We didn’t take Amy last year as she was only 1.5 years old and didn’t really get what was going on, but her cousins are a little older than her, so we thought she might enjoy it this time and enjoy it they did. They split up in two groups, the older ones and Amy and her cousin Grace.
Amy was a little shy at the first door, but as soon as she noticed that she’d be getting sweets, she raced from door to door and even took a short cut across someone’s front lawn. She loves sweets – don’t ask me where she gets that from – and I think trick or treating was a wonderful experience for her. It really helped her come out of her shell. The only exception was the house above. The owner of it was Irish and opened the door dressed in a long white dress and a floor long veil – creepy or what?
All in all, they were rather successful and we could top up our sweetie jar with lots more ghoolish and not so ghoolish treats for ehm Amy. God knows what we’ll do with all of them as for some reason there were no trick or treaters at Charlotte’s house whatsoever. Guess we could always save them for next year, haha!
Our pumpkins won’t last that long, so we put a candle in them every night since Thursday. We carved them for a pumpkin challenge and I thought they’d make the perfect decoration for our Hallowen party. What do you think? The kitten seems to be everyone’s favourite, so do let me know, which one you like best.
Also, did you have a Halloween party or are you a bit of a Halloween grinch? I’d love to here about your Halloween antics. I could do with some inspiration for next year.