Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween our style.

I know there are a lot of Halloween lovers out there but I'm not one of them. I was particularly grumpy on Saturday afternoon anticipating the march through the streets of Daylesford with three sticky, sugar filled, grumpy children banging on doors and begging for treats.

When Bren suggested we have our own party and make up our own traditions I didn't believe he would be able to convince the girls and couldn't believe how happy it made me when he did.

After Indi dressed us all up and painted our faces, I pretended to be the mother (?) and they trick or treated me.

Then we went for a walk through the bush to discover this bad, mean character.

Lucky we live on an egg farm as we just happened to have a crate of old, cracked and dirty eggs awaiting composting.

We took turns chucking these eggs at that bad man.

Lucky the neighbours are miles away because there was plenty of screaming going on.

When we came home we played three legged races, sack races and potato on a spoon races.

I think it was the only time in my entire life that I wished it was pumpkin season as I would love to have a go at carving one of those things.

We all agreed it was the best Halloween ever and the only tears were when the cheap face paint I'd bought didn't come off without scouring their faces.


  1. Lovely traditions.
    Were you guys at the Castlemaine farmers (or artists) market yesterday?
    We were in Castlemaine for the weekend and I only got a chance to check out the markets super early before everything really started up.
    Still planning to come up to Daylesford for the makers market later this month.
    Hopefully we can catch up then.
    Andi x

  2. yay, i like your tradition!!
    not into halloween but you guys seem to have a good tradition starting
    nice ♥

  3. This looks like so much fun...! Thank god Halloween is over, we are going to do something different next year as the anticipation was too much. And it kind of took over from Mark's birthday. Love a bit of egg chucking, what great therapy for grumpiness! xo

  4. That bit about pretending to be the mother made me laugh! My 4 year old always wants me to play 'Mums and Dads' with her. Ummm, don't I do that all day??!

  5. Sounds great Kate.
    I just don't do Halloween, Its an American thing as far as I'm concerned so I applaud your effort to make your own traditions. Its my Hubby's birthday on the 31st so I can get out of it by telling the kids we celebrate Daddy's Birthday on that day, not Halloween.

  6. Great idea ! Your kids will never forget that fun .

  7. What a great way to start a new tradition..Your kiddos have great aim with those eggs!!!

    I don't think I will ever be able to convince my kids of "NO" Halloween but once we are back close to home next year I plan on doing the church/community thing and get them involved in the fun of it rather then the door to door bit...

    I just can't resist little ones in cute costumes haha..

  8. We don't do Halloween either... I've very little idea what it is about. I liked the way your family approached it.

  9. What a fun way to celebrate Halloween. I am not really into it, I just think it is fun for the little ones to get dressed up and go trick or treating. We generally go to people's houses we know so they dont encounter any anti Halloweeners who are nasty about it. Isabelle had lots of fun dressing up and luckily my green eyeshadow came off quite easily. I hope the girls didnt encounter too much scouring.

  10. Always better to make your own family traditions. You did a great job.

  11. What a great way to celebrate halloween... Sure does beat cranky sugar filled kids...

    Take Care
    Jodie :)

  12. Great idea - I am another who doesn't know why we have 'adopted' this American tradition.
    Yours looks like much more fun, how'd you go pretending to be the mum - any good at it??!!

  13. That bit about you playing the mum is simply priceless.

  14. Yeah, thats what its about!!!!! Our kids had a ball dressing up, grabbing the torches and playing "Murder in the Dark" for adults had drinks around a much fun and no money spent!!!! Perfect!

  15. That looks like so much fun. I love how you are making family traditions. I only hosted my spooky party as I love a theme - decorations and food (it is the kinder teacher in me!) I tolerated the girls trick or treating and I only allocated lollypops to kids who came knocking who had bothered to dress up, or performed an action to earn their treat (my friends called me the trick or treat meanie!)I was amazed/horrified by the sheer volume of lollies the girls brought home!

  16. Now that sounds like a fun halloween! Sorbelene cream under the face paint MIGHT help it come off more easily next time...!

    Anna x


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