The year I kind of got into Halloween

Halloween is weird for me. I mention this on the blog every year. I didn’t grow up celebrating Halloween, I used to be superstitious and I resent the occasion’s commercial intrusion into our lives. But. This year I kind of embraced it, in all its pumpkin glory, with all its spooky puns.


I say “kind of” because maybe I’ll feel differently about it next year. And also because we didn’t go “all out” on the Halloween thing. We didn’t go trick-or-treating. We didn’t even hit a party this year.


Motherhood has made me really tune in to the rhythms of life. I see Halloween as another opportunity to create rituals around that rhythm. From the pumpkin carving to the dressing up, there’s so much to chat about in terms of the natural world and of folklore. There’s so much to explore and enjoy imaginatively.


There is, of course, a dark side to Halloween. I’m sure we’ll think about how to approach that every year. That is not what my three-year-old sees. So far, she sees the world full of magic. I feel no need for us to take ourselves so seriously that we chase the fairies away with the goblins.


This Halloween, we visited Old Down Country Park with friends who have membership there. It was a lovely sight with falling leaves in crisp sunlight. I’d brought along Talitha’s fairy dress, knowing that if she saw other children dressed up, she’d want to dress up too. We saw a short witches’ play in the onsite yurt, had a long play in the adventure play park and walked around to see the animals.


When night fell, we lit the pumpkin I’d carved stars into and set it in the window to welcome trick-or-treaters to our door. Talitha had such fun helping me hand out the Haribo (and fun eating some herself!). We let her stay up a bit later than usual as she wanted to be sure that no more children were coming to our door.


And yes, I know, we bought ALL the Haribo. Oops.


  1. November 4, 2014 / 4:11 pm

    I change my mind each year about how I feel about it but I have really enjoyed it this year too as Cherry was excited about it all. I didn’t take them trick or treating and am never planning to (Cherry would not be good with a bucket of sweets!) but she did help hand them out to the trick or treaters who came to our house which she loved. That yurt looks awesome! x
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  2. November 4, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    Wow, this piece of writing is good, my sister is analyzing such things, thus I aam going to convey her.
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  3. November 7, 2014 / 10:50 pm

    Halloween is one of those things I tend to take with a pinch of salt when it comes to the seriousness of it – we enjoy it each year and the little man loves to dress up, carve pumpkins and make pumpkin pie – for us it’s another way to connect with nature which is important to us and my mother puts on a lovely evening meal which ends with bobbing for apples. We tend to stay away from the over commercial side but as parents it can be a lovely celebration of harvest time

    Laura x
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  4. November 9, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    I love the ghost milk-cartons, what a great idea! We don’t usually do much for Hallowe’en, we usually carve a pumpkin and then set it outside the front door, and that’s about it – this year, we didn’t even have any trick or treaters. Not one!
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  5. November 11, 2014 / 2:43 am

    A very relatable post. I too think motherhood gets you doing things you normally wouldn’t even dream of. It opens your eyes to new possibilities and new experiences and I guess Halloween is one of them. Thankfully my little one is still a bit too small to understand so I missed out on it this year (jump for joy). But when the time comes i’ll embrace it if she’s interested as I know the little kidlets love dressing up and getting into the spirit of it…and why not hey!

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