Halloween is one of my favourite holidays. It’s a nostalgic thing – I think of Halloween and I remember being small, dressed up in clothes that didn’t quite fit (physically or thematically), wielding my optimistic black sack for candy. We would team up with the rest of the neighbourhood children and hunt as a pack, confident in our numbers, chattering and sugar-high after dark. Nobody wore coats; our blue lips were authentic. Somebody inevitably mixed up their festivities and brought sparklers; clutched in our woollen gloves, they were simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. We would crunch the caramel from our toffee apples and then toss the fruit aside.
It’s something that I’m excited to share with my children, whilst at the same time a little wistful that it won’t be the same. They won’t have that freedom that I experienced as a child, it was different then. It seems that fun is more organised these days, more instagram-perfect, less spontaneous and child-driven. I’m not sure that I agree with the concept of halloween as an adult, with candy binges or approaching strangers or trivialising horror. But I want the excitement and goodness knows, I never say no to a dress-up opportunity. With so much sadness, anger and anxiety in the world I do feel that we should make the most of any opportunity for levity.
This year we decided to partake in halloween. It was a bit spur-of-the-moment, not instagrammy or beautiful. In fact, we didn’t make costumes (a far cry from last year, when Kirsty knitted by hand these adorable outfits). Thankfully the boys’ Wild Things dungarees suited the occasion perfectly. As for the girls… well. You’ll see in the pictures below.
As you probably know by now I’m a Channel Mum sponsored vlogger and they asked us to document and share our day in an Instagram takeover. It was actually agreed the day before halloween and I warned them that what they’d get would be very ‘us’ and definitely not staged or full of fancy, but they didn’t seem to mind. I keep meaning to document more of our family days and so this was just the kick up the posterior I needed to pick up the camera and capture our funny little family on the spookiest day of the year.
How was your Halloween?