Halloween is just around the corner and all the shops are full of gruesome goodies and costumes. It always reminds me of the lovely memories of being an excited child going out trick or treating with my sister and friends. Back then their wasn't that many costumes out and about and every year I would dress up as a witch and my sister Anna would be my black cat. I actually found this photo of us both dressed up ready to go out. I must have been about eight years old and my sister would have been about five in this photo.
One of my favourite memories, which actually was bad for us but is now so funny, was that one year we got all dressed up ready to go out and decided to go to our next door neighbours house first. We knocked on the door and the teenage son answered the door. We said "Trick or treat?" like you do but in actual fact if someone had turned around and said "trick" we would have looked silly because we never had a trick up our sleeves. Anyway the son told us to wait and he would go and get us some treats. We waited on the door step. Next minute the teenage daughter opened the upstairs bathroom window and threw a bucket of cold water on us. At the time we were so upset and my mum was annoyed because it meant we had no costumes to go out in but now I can't help but laugh about it.
Another favourite memory was organising a Halloween party for all us friends in the neighbourhood. I must have been in my early teens at the time. My sister Anna, her best friend Katie and I spent all day organising it with lots of random games. We hid sweets all the way up the back lane for a treasure hunt. A young boy at the top of the road noticed what we were doing and went and ate most of the sweets before our friends had even turned up. We had ring doughnuts hanging on string from the washing line and the other children had to try and eat them off without using their hands. We made a shoe box into a tasting box. You had to put your hand in each little compartment and then lick your hand when blindfolded and guess what it was. I can remember Julia put her hand in and smelt the mustard and refused to put it in her mouth. Our other great game was apple bobbing but straight after you had bobbed for the apple you had to then go on to the next plate which was covered in flour and find the Parma Violets with your teeth. I will never forget Katie's sister Sam going first and almost being sick as she had a face full of flour. It was such a fun party. We used to be so creative and have so much fun in those days in Ringswell Gardens.
These days Halloween is in all the shops and you can get some amazing costumes and make up for really reasonable prices. Here is a picture of my niece Lilly a few years ago as the Corpse Bride. My sister did the make up which I think was amazing and scary.
I don't have kids but still get in the spirit of things by dressing up our dog Shortie for when the Trick or Treaters come around. Here he is in his little devil costume.
And finally I wanted to share this funny YouTube video that makes me laugh so much. Basically Jimmy Kimmel challenged parents to pretend that they had eaten all their kids Halloween candy and to video it and to send to him. It's a bit mean but very funny.
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