Halloween makes me feel a bit of a phoney but Australia has embraced this tradition that does not belong to us and, well, I'm going along. In fact I'm shamefully delighted ( I lodged an official complaint when the book parade was cancelled this year in favor of colonial day, due to the lack of character costuming opportunities so I'll take it where I can get it) . Yesterday, after foraging in the roof storage for our selection of rubber bugs, snakes and the like with no luck, I ventured down to the dollar shop for some new props. There must have been forty people between me and the halloween product. Unbelieveable. With elbows sharpedend I eventually got to the cobwebs.
When I was a kid we went 'trick or treating' but lets face it, more often than not you were met with a humph. Some years we all got in on it though and I distinctly remember a shaving cream in letterbox situation that had some boys at school in deep trouble. But trick or treating was not a regular thing. Its taken this many decades to become mainstream for the kids today.
Tonight was a full on costumed, decorated houses extravaganza. So. Much. Fun. A woman from school glued fangs on to her teeth. There were red contacts on some familiar faces and an awful lot of skeletons and some pirates from The Black Pearl. Even a zombie bride. We let the team down with last minute mind changing over costumes from the boys, a baby who simply refused to wear his bandit mask after I gave up trying to get him to wear his pumpkin head piece ( kids!) and in the end I am sorry to say I walked the streets in my bright yellow saltwaters and not a medusa hairdo in sight.
*Scaredy cat and mice templates from Martha Stewart
*Sweets in plastic bags then bundled in orange tissue and tied with twine
Next year I will:
Make a giant yarn cobwed like Dana
Whip up some freaky pants bunting
Make the costumes well ahead of time and let it be know that "this is what you are wearing kids"
Keep hoping that Australia will shift position so we can enjoy spooking in the dark and a cold christmas. Yeah ok. That ones a fantasy
HAVE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN!