I worry at times about posting something that can be as controversial as Halloween - some people love it, others loathe it and then there are people like us - somewhere in the middle. I had a number of emails yesterday asking whether we celebrate Halloween (because we love celebrating pretty much everything) and if we do, how we celebrate it.. so here is the short version.
I'm not really into the ghosts, witches or skulls, but can handle the cute carved pumpkins. It doesn't worry me that Halloween is predominately celebrated in America because I believe that there are a number of things Australians do that originate from America and I'm fine with that. I don't have a problem with kids trick or treating and think it is lovely when mums and dads join in the fun and dress up too. Isn't it nice to see families out together doing something fun? I don't celebrate the 'true meaning' of Halloween, but will happily let the boys have fun with the modern concepts that have evolved from it.
Even though we didn't go trick or treating last night we had a bowl of sweets for kids that were. When the door bell would ring we would let Cruz answer the door and give each kid something sweet for their bags. He loved everyone's costumes and I really enjoyed watching Cruz give away lollies so willingly. Cruz keeps asking if we can trick or treat next year so I've left that decision up to Tim. I think it would be a load of fun, but will see what happens when next year rolls around. The sweetest moment of last night was when I was pouring the lollies into a bowl ready for the kids in the neighbourhood and Tim called Cruz to come outside. Seconds later the doorbell rang and when I went to answer the door I found Cruz standing with a blanket around him (I think he was meant to be a ghost?), Tim sneaking around the side of the house and Cruz beaming as he said 'trick or treat mummy'. He was so excited to get a lolly from the bowl and to me that's what it is all about - Kid's having some fun in a world that can be so full of sadness at times. Of-course because I am a fence sitter, when it comes to Halloween, I see both sides of this debate. My personal opinion? Each to their own.I say whatever is right in your family's eyes is what you should do/believe and I will respect that 100%.
Back to what we did. It was really simple - I bought 3 packs of 10 balloons from the shop that were in Halloween colours and I made green and orange playdough for Cruz to play with. The coolest part of the playdough was that the green playdough smelt like apple juice and the orange playdough smelt like cinnamon. I was so excited to find the recipes to do this on Pinterest.
Here's what Halloween looked like in our house. We had a ball!