Halloween was very exciting this year because Matthew was finally at the age where he understood what it means. I still wasn’t quite sure whether he will dress up or go trick or treating but more to that later.
It was Chloe’s first Halloween to celebrate at the age of only nearly 9 months. I wanted to have a special keepsake for her, so decided to do my own DIY Halloween photo shooting which you can read about here, in case you missed out on it.
This year I was actually on the ball with everything for once. I had the decorations up one week in advance to look at them a little longer (that reminds, I have to take them down today or tomorrow) and I had 3 pumpkins bought well in advance for me and Matthew to carve.
Monday 26th October was a bank holiday in Ireland. This was the day Matthew and I went ahead and started carving our pumpkins. The bat one was Matthew’s and the original Jack O’Lantern was Chloe’s We ended up doing a 3rd one too which was a cat. Matthew request it. The idea came from his book “Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere”. In the book there are 4 carved pumpkins. A cat, wolf, bat and spider. He was absolutely delighted with them.
Work had organised a Halloween Party across all the offices we have in the world as well. Fancy dress was optional but my friend/work colleague and I decided to take advantage of it and come up with a genius idea for a costume. It was Mario and Luigi and we picked the bits and bobs ourselves. Altogether the costume didn’t cost us more than €26.
There was fun and games in the office and little prizes were to be won. We were joint 1st for best costume. Unfortunately there was only 11 people in our office at the time and only 4 people dressed up which killed the fun a bit if I am honest.
On Friday, the day before Halloween, Matthew and Chloe had their Halloween party in creche. Matthew did fight me a bit at the start putting on the costume but after talking him around for a bit, he really loved it and didn’t want to take it off anymore. He went as a vampire which I got half price in Mothercare a few days beforehand. Chloe went as a little witch.
Halloween Saturday then it was a lovely day for the end of October and we went out for a walk in town. For dinner I decided to make a Halloweeny dinner for him with Halloween shapes, a pumpkin plate and a pumpkin cup. He also stole a bit of mammy’s burger but that is totally acceptable on a day of getting sweets/chocolate all day.
It was getting dark at 5.00 pm and people started coming from 5.20 pm which meant dinner was a bit disrupted but Matthew was having great fun going to the door and seeing all the different costumes the children had on.
Half an hour later then, Matthew and I went out to a few houses to get some treats. He loved it but got scared a bit at the last house of the street because there were fireworks going in the air and he just simply didn’t like the banging of it. We only managed to get one side of the road but he still got enough sweets to hold him. He wasn’t actually a fan of the sweets and just had the chocolate he got and mammy ate the sweets.
How did you spend Halloween this year?