So, All Hallows Eve arrived the other evening as it does every year with dark skies and cold winds and more than a hint of magic in the air. For me though the magic came in the form of the new James Bond movie, Skyfall. I had booked to go with friends weeks ago, forgetting that the date we were booking was Halloween.
We took what we could get as every screening in every cinema seemed to be booking up fast. Who has been to see it? I won't give anything away in case you haven't. My friends and I decided to go smartly dressed to get into the spirit of it all and we booked a cinema where they served vodka martinis to you in your seat (shaken not stirred, but mostly shaken by the wobbly tray our waitress was using to carry them on!) All of which sounds great but by the time they have served the person in front of you for the 6th time during the course of the movie you begin to realise its only a fun treat when they are serving you your drinks!
The film was good, the plot line was unexpected and Javier Bardem was… different. Sam Mendes did a great job directing, such a talented theatre and film director, and British too! He's one of those people you look at and wonder how so much talent can be packed into one person? After the cinema, and our vodka martinis we decided to grab a bite to eat.
As we emerged from the cinema thats when I realised it was Halloween as I was accosted by hoards of very small but very cute skeletons, fairies, devils and vampires, there was even a zombie tellytubby! (a very clever recycling of an old tellytubby outfit by some poor harassed mum who hadn't time to organise anything else! I made a point of making a big deal about how great the costume was to placate the grumpy looking child and the poor mum!)
We arrived at our restaurant only to find they were serving ghoulish plates of Witches Fingers! They looked gruesome but tasted great. They were for the children in the neighbourhood who, being used to receiving 'proper' sweets were a little sceptical at first about these homemade treats but once they tasted them they were happy. At one point I was afraid they were going to refuse them! (I did think how embarrassing that would be as a restaurant full if paying customers to have the children refuse your treats!)
It was a fun night all around with no dressing up on my part but I still enjoyed wandering through the streets and seeing all the children so excited in their costumes. It brought me back to when I was a child and we all started talking about the games we used to play like bobbing for apples and a game which I think you call 'knockdown ginger'? Did you dress up or at any games?
I'd love to see any photos you have out there. If you've been to see Skyfall I'd love to hear what you thought of it too.
Until next time.