Growing up, I could barely contain my excitement about the month of October. I mean,
first my birthday and soon after, Halloween. My two favourite days of the year.
Halloween has always been one of those festivals where I’ve had very little
understanding of why it’s celebrated but gone in nose deep with the planning of it. Not
for the sweets of course… no, not in the slightest.

Favourite Halloween activities

When I became “too old” for trick or treating – I’d bribe my little sister (who had no desire
whatsoever) to dress up so that I could take her out instead and gift me her bottomless
bucket of sugar for the pleasure of doing so. She was never amused and when H came along, she became very grateful that my little pumpkin would overshadow her on Halloween two weeks after she was born. Yes, I’m shamelessly, that mother – the one that dressed my newborn up as a pumpkin to take her out trick or treating… until my husband stopped me.

Well, H has just embarked on her 4th year and fortunately there’s no stopping me now –
I’m on a mission and I would love nothing more than my daughter to fill my footsteps
and appreciate Halloween as much as I do (in return for some sweets to fill my greedy
belly of course). It was right on on cue when H came home saying she wasn’t afraid of ghosts. Win. They’d been talking about them at school in preparation of Halloween.
“Let’s make some mumma,” she said. Oh Halloween, she was ready.

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Crafting – I was not. I’m not good at art and if you mix it with craft, it tends to end up in
some sort of disaster. I planned meticulously what I’d be making with her. We would carve a pumpkin, paint plates, create spiders out of pipe cleaners but each thing turned out worse than I had anticipated. The pumpkin, by far the worst, I won’t go into details with the amount of mess I created – it’s almost laughable. So on our second chance, I kept things really simple. We can call it, crafting for the non crafty!

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The first thing we made was a paper chain. There’s a 99.9% success rate when making
these. H and I found some black and orange card and cut them into strips. We then
taped them together forming rings. We’d mix the colours alternatively for our Halloween
theme.

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Ghosts were second on the agenda. We used perforated white card and I quickly learnt
that even a non arty crafty person can draw the outline of a ghost quite successfully. A
proud H cut around them beautifully and was left to draw their face or stick on goggly
eyes. We then pierced small holes onto them and used a pipe cleaners to hang them
around our paper chains. Success.

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Pumpkins were my next mission but due to my recent impossible mission and the upset caused by it, I knew we needed to created something simplistic. H took the reins on that and drew round circles on orange card, we then cut them out and drew faces in
black marker. These are stuck on our window for passers by.

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Whilst our creations are fairly basic, H and I were pleased with our results and are very
excited to head out to fill our buckets with sweets very soon. When I asked her what I
should dress up as, she chose a pumpkin. Touché kid. Touché.

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