3 Reasons We Won’t Be Taking Part In Halloween

It’s that time of year again. All hallows eve. A reason to dress up in some horrific costume and run wild on the streets.

Now I would normally partake in all the shenangins, as would the girls, however, this year it’s different.

This year it has been well and truly ruined.

So I give you, my top three reasons we are not taking part in Halloween.

NUMBER 1: General trust amongst other human beans. It’s true. A year of heartache across the world, with people killing each other for no reason at all but to make a statement. The trust has all melted away leaving people not even passing out a smiley hello or thank you.

We literally just keep to ourselves, ignoring what the rest of the world is doing in hopes we can lead a normal, stranger free life.

It’s sad really when you think about it. Communities are few and far between and even then people are second guessing and keeping their guards well and truly up. 

NUMBER 2: The kids go to a C of E school. So Halloween isn’t something they partake in, so the girls haven’t really been caught up in any of the hype. It has been more about harvest and giving back to others.

Something they have both done really well.

So it’s not really been on the forefront of their minds meaning I haven’t had to hear about it every few minutes.

NUMBER 3: Probably the biggest reason we won’t be taking part is the killer clowns. Now this is ridiculous. My children shouldn’t have to be sat down to be warned about trusting anyone dressed as a clown.

It’s  a conversation I never imagined myself having!

It’s ridiculous and plain frightening. Why are people trying to spoil these occasions with violence?

What does that say to our children? Or even mankind as a whole?!

I can’t imagine the devastation for the clown community. Their livelihoods pulled from beneath them because someone decided now would be a good time to whack on a clown suit and murder people?!

Who thinks like that?!

Now dressing up has become feared. No longer can the kids dress up and go trick or treating. I know I certainly don’t feel comfortable with it and I will not be opening my door on Halloween.

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So there you have it. Any dressing up will be done at home, as usual, all year round.

Are you taking part this year?

We would love to know 🙂

Throwing The Ultimate Halloween PARTY!

Halloween is becoming more and more part of something we do in the UK. Every year there is more and items that you can find to you parties and get together. I have put a collection together of some of the things that are out there for your own Halloween party.

In our, house we have always carved pumpkins ever since I can remember and there was the odd disco in the village around Halloween, and we never had trick or treaters at our house until I moved to town as my drive was too long and dark and no one would dare to come up. I love this time of year so I decided that it was time we had our own party!! so we have sent the invites and planned the food and party games all ready for Sunday.

Here are a few on the products that we were given to review to make our party go off with a bang!!!

First there is the food, chocolate and cakes always go down a treat. We like to make as much as we can from Chocolate Eclairs and meringue ghosts to gingerbread cats, pumpkins and ghosts and Chocolate marshmallow crispy cakes!! Dr Oetker have a great range of cooking products to help with any event you are planning or just a bit of home cooking. With ready made icing in handy tubs which are great for the children to help decorate and a large range of decoration too. There are also the things you can’t see like a full range of flavorings from good old vanilla to anything like peppermint! Also, a great thing product is the egg white powder which was great for the meringue  and with no leftover yolks!! all great and easy to use and a lot of the products come with recipe cards which are great to try out. ranges from 99p

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What party is not complete without chocolate and with it being Halloween there are great for the trick or treaters. Cadburys do there fun-size bars which are ideal for them or to go in a pinata well too! just enough chocolate to make you feel like you have had some without going over the top. great for the little ones too. Cadburys do a line in Halloween novelty chocolates  which add a little something different. The scream eggs went down a treat and only one made it to the party!! they are cream eggs but the fondant is green!! and crunchy spiders which are chocolate spiders with green crunchy bits in them, giving that real Halloween feel! available from around £1.30

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The drink this is for adults only want to impress your friends with cocktails at your party or just have them at home without all the hassle of getting the ingredients and getting it right! well look no further than Funkin Cocktails, they are cocktails mixers in a cartoon ready for you to add the alcohol and ice and that pink umbrella all easy and simple to follow so you have more time to spend with your guests for just relaxing and they can easily be turned into themed cocktails like Zombie Run using the Funkin Brazilian mixer and some rum and Grenadine looks and tastes great. All the cocktails are made from 100% natural and only sun-ripened fruit so all natural flavour and goodness is retained. Retails at £2.99

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Now for the decoration most shops these days have a Halloween range and we were lucky enough to get some samples from Morrisons, they have a huge range and items for all pockets so whether it is just some sweets for the trick or treaters, or you want to give them something a little different why not try their gingerbread charters, mummy’s or decorate your own and shortbread witches which went down great at the party too. Well the witch didn’t make it!!! For those party bags they have also sorts of things the pumpkin and torches were great and of course, we all love a Halloween glow stick. Morrisons also do everything you need from face paints and outfits, to food and decorations for the house along with the trick or treat novelty baskets for your little trick or treats to collect their goods in.

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Aldi have good range of items to help with the party we were lucky enough to have a some scary products to help make out party a little more scary are great doorbell that will even shook grandpa! the kids thought this was funny!! and a scary funnily dressed dancing skeleton. That all important snack tray for the party. Aldi do a huge range to of halloween stuff from outfits to food and not forgetting the all important pumpkin!!

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A party is never complete without a talking point and for this we have the most perfect Trick or Treat Balloon from BubbleGun Balloons. This company is amazing, they do the most unique and affordable Balloon bouquets or singles. When the box arrived I expected something small, the usual foil balloon, but on opening the huge box the most fantastic Balloon popped out!

It is huge, the string/bunting adds the best touch and it will just make the room look perfect!

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Costumes, no party is complete without people in costumes. Mainly the children, they love a good costume. Peacocks have a fabulous range of Halloween costumes this year, they are so unique and beautiful. I am a little jealous if I’m honest 😛 They have really nailed it this year, with something for every child. The clothing is also incredibly well made, being from a company that already makes clothes, it’s too be expected, but still sometimes dressing up outfits can be a little flimsy. But Peacocks have it covered!

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One I personally think is perfect to add something special to any outfit, a wig. Now I know like costumes, some synthetic wigs can be very, well naff, but Wag In A Bag from Stranded wigs have got the answer. Their stunning synthetic wigs are top quality, they are easy to brush, fabulous fitting to head with the means to make it the perfect size with the adjuster inside. They also keep really well in their “bags” which is great for storage. I think I have become a firm fan of Wag In Bag from Stranded wigs, they will be my go-to place for wigs for any occasion.

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With the final touches come from facepaint and added extras. Smiffys is a trusted brand who delivers on the special effects makeup front. With single paints, spirit gum and face sets, Smiffys has everything you need to set your look apart from the rest. Even I remember Smiffys as a child, our local joke shop was loaded with fabulous and unique products, things the still carry on their online shop.

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Next we have Hexbug and their Halloween goodies. Hexbugs are a classic, their vibrations make them scuttle around in a crazy but awesome fashion. They have a spooky range of bugs perfect for the spooky season! The perfect Hexbug NANO…

“The HEXBUG Nano is a tiny, collectible, micro robotic creature that uses the physics of vibration to propel forward and explore its environment. Powered by a tiny motor, and 12 fixed, angular legs, the industrious critter traverses the ground beneath it and quickly navigates through the most complex mazes. Possessing an uncanny sense of balance, it can even flip to its feet and zoom forward when turned on its back! When coming into contact with an object in its path, the energetic insect will switch directions and scurry away on a new path due to its persistent random behaviour. “

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We have games at our party which means prizes!! we want spooky ones look no further than

Zombie apocalypse egg cup, spoon and toast cutter great also for a gift to for anyone who is into their zombies! The cutter can be used to guns, axes and swords out of your bread (instead of soldiers). With the egg cup the egg becomes the head of the zombie so when you break it open with the shovel spoon it looks like the head has been cracked!! Great product from £5.99

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Or how about Weird slime workshop or Blood and guts workshop from Wild Science, these are a great gift or prize for party games in your own Halloween party. There are a range of science experiments to do in your own home safely. These are not just for Halloween they can be for any occasion. Everything you need in the box with instructions. Great to get your children interested in science or when they are asking Why!! you can let them find out for themselves. from around £8

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One last little thing to give to your guests or even the older trick or treaters these are great Pechkers Misfortune cookies, a take on Fortune cookies but with a twist. They taste great and then what fortune will you be told!! They are the opposite from normal fortune cookies, with brutal honesty, crude and pessimistic, they are not at all positive!!! but they are loads of fun and something a little different 13 cookies dark cookies with dark humor. £13 for 13 cookies!! 

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Now we are all ready for the most spooky Halloween party, please keep an eye or three out ready for the video!!!!

 

Happy Halloween!

So, today is Halloween and Pop’s just got back from trick or treating with her friend. They had a good load of sweets, and I stayed behind and gave a good few out.

In fact we have nothing left now. Always a good sign.

Anyway it got me wondering, why more people don’t take part in the whole thing?!

Fair enough if you don’t want to go out or its raining, but I still wonder why so many people poo-poo opening their doors to the zombies and witches?

We have lived in three separate areas of the town over the years and the difference between each area is huge. The year Pop’s was finally old enough, and I was pregnant with Boo, we lived somewhere that was great for trick or treating, most would open their doors and many had houses decorated with lights and cobwebs.

Now its fairly inbetween the two, there are many children running around but not many people opening their doors.

I get why some people don’t do it and each to their own and all that, but still, why don’t more people get in the spirit of Halloween?

We all love Christmas, most of us go far too over the top and that’s great, but why not for this holiday too?

Hocus Pocus is my favourite Halloween film, I think is captures everything the holiday is, the stories and the myths of the town, I think it would be something great to have over here.

Please?! 😛

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Also, who gave my child an apple?!!!?!

Swizzels Scary Halloween Sweetie Comp!

I am very pleased to bring to you the chance to win a bundle of Swizzles Matlow Scary Halloween sweeties in time for some good trick or treating!

This is what you could win…..

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I don’t know about you but personally, this arriving in the post would make my day and the children’s if I chose to share 😛

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