Thursday, 20 October 2011
Do you 'do' Halloween? (And another giveaway...)
Growing up in little tiny villages in England, as a child, Halloween was a big deal.
The evening before All Hallows Day (All Saints Day) was a mark of a turn of the seasons, a mark of the end of harvest time. Perhaps with pagan origins, certainly some Christian origins, as kids, we celebrated big time by "guising".
This involved dressing up with all the other kids in the village and telling spooky stories and singing to our neighbours in order to earn treats. Idle threats of tricks may have been made and quickly dismissed. Our dress ups were usually nothing more fancy than a sack or a cloak, and often the treats were apples. Apple bobbing was always the culmination - in someones kitchen, safe and warm, with water being sloshed all over the lino floor as we fought for apples with our mouths.
In more recent times, it seems Halloween celebrations has become all about the lollies and chocolate and commercial costumes and parties and elaborate decorations and loot bags. I am not sure how? But I know the shops are full of pumpkins and masks and orange plastic stuff...and lots of chocolate and packets of lollies!
Olivia, Charlie and Lexie, are all seduced by all the promise of abundant sugary prizes. They are intrigued by the concept of it all, the glamour of the lit pumpkins and the general air of partiness. The concept of running through the streets in dress ups is so novel to them, they are entranced the idea of it.
Previously, I have never entertained the thought of celebrating Halloween particularly.
But this year they have nagged my ears off.
So I am relenting.
We won't be cruising the streets in witches and skeletons costumes.
But we will play dress ups at home. I may even try my hand at some face painting.
I am going to carve out a pumpkin and light a candle inside.
I am going to introduce them to the delights of apple bobbing.
I am going to cook up some spooky Halloween treats. (Bat shaped biccies?!)
And I will let them stay up and settle down for a "Spooky" movie on the couch.
Tell me, do you do Halloween? Do you have any Halloween traditions to share with me?
In celebration of Halloween, I have the brand new Spooky Buddies Blu-ray and DVD Value Pack (RRP $49.95) and a Buddies plush toy (RRP $14.95) to give away...as well as a $25 Woolworths Gift Card (to buy some lollies and a pumpkin!) and a Halloween party pack full of Halloween games, recipe and costume suggestions!
All you need to do to enter is make sure you are following my blog, and leave a comment telling me YOUR Halloween traditions.
Open to Australian residents only. Giveaway closes Tues 25th October - winner will be picked at random.