Having spent it in Canada last year, we really got the bug (well, my husband is Canadian so at least I know why he has such fun memories. Remember ET? It really IS just like that with ALL the children dressed up and dashing about!)
So in an effort to stump up our Halloween happenings, we've sorted our costumes and this weekend went to the local garden center to pick up a selection of pumpkins!
I've had a few conversations with people who are rather wary of the whole thing – don't be, it's meant to be fun! If you're not sure how it should work here are a few tips.
If you're trick or treating, don't ask for money (as I've heard some do in this country – clearly they need to learn the rules!), make an effort, dress up, knock on your neighbours' doors and hopefully they'll be prepared with a bowl of goodies.
If you're the neighbour staying in, have a bowl of sweets and crisps ready. Go as ghoulish as you can and pre-packaged for hygiene sakes (nothing healthy please!). It might be a good idea to pop a pumpkin beside your front door or even go as far as a few decorations to let them know you're playing!
We had a brother and a sister come to our door in 2008, rather tentatively and with the fear of God in their eyes. The relief was evident when they could see we were playing ball. I wonder if they'll be back? I hope so! It's a great opportunity to meet some neighbours, spread a bit of joy about and have some fun!
Bring it on - Trick or Treat!