Every year when Halloween came around I would dress the girls up in a Halloween outfit. I remember Alice’s first Halloween and they were having a Halloween theme at her Baby Sensory session and I dressed her in a Halloween baby grow, which Holly went on to wear for her first Halloween too.
Last year was the first time that Alice really started to talk about it herself and not just me saying ‘oh it’s Halloween lets wear fancy dress’. We went to our favourite place to pick our pumpkins and Andy and I loving carved the pumpkins.
We decorated the house a little bit and did some Halloween baking, any excuse for a cake and biscuits. One thing that we didn’t do was go trick or treating, Holly was a little bit too young and Alice wasn’t aware it was a thing. Plus the main reason was that where we lived on a busy road, it wasn’t really practical.
This year it was all very different. Alice was a year older and knew everything about Halloween and was very excited. In this year we had also moved house and now lived in a village, which loved Halloween. We had a safe environment to take the girls out.
Our friends hosted a Halloween party after school and my girls were very excited and had been talking about it for days. We had been pumpkin picking the week before and carved our pumpkins last weekend ready for the big day.
Alice wanted to wear her witches outfit and I managed to find her a cauldron this year to go with her broomstick. Holly choose to go as a pumpkin, an outfit we had inherited from a previous neighbour. We were all sorted.
Then the day arrived, I picked an excited Alice up from school and Andy was home early from work. Alice was dressed in record time, but Holly now didn’t want to go as a pumpkin. Of course she didn’t, she is 3 years old and they are unpredictable! She wanted to go as a fairy…
After a bit of quick thinking I remembered at the bottom of my wardrobe was some bat wings and head boppers that I wore many years ago. I teamed them with her tutu skirt and she was a fairy bat! She loved it and looked adorable.
Our pumpkins were already outside and we popped the led lights inside to let people know we had sweets. As we were going to be out for most of it, I popped a bowl of sweets outside with a sign to tell them to help themselves.
It was then time to head to the party, which thankfully was just round the corner from us. As you can imagine with a house full of 11 children it was pretty hectic, but they all loved it and had a great time. They played, ate food and then it was dark enough for us to head out trick or treating.
All I can say is thank goodness there was a lot of adults, as trying to keep track of 11 children who are wearing black in the dark, walking around a village with no street lights was fun!
As we wandered around the children screaming every time they saw a pumpkin with a light in it (meaning they are happy for you to knock on the door), running up to the door and shouting trick or treat to the lucky person behind the door. Alice would strategically place herself near the back as she realised sometimes the person behind the door might be dressed up and she is a bit scared!!
I loved seeing how much the village embrace Halloween and make it fun and safe for the children. Mind you, Andy and I were exhausted by the end of it and collapsed on the sofa once the girls were asleep.
Since Tuesday night they have been slowly making their way through their bucket of sweets (with some help from us!) and Alice is already talking about her outfit for next year!
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