Halloween Blog Party

I love Halloween!

I know it’s not very British but one of the delights I’ve discovered of being a Mummy has been dressing up with Miss L, decorating the house and celebrating All Hallows Eve. I’ve discovered that I have a talent for pumpkin carving (thanks Waitrose for the templates!) and here’s my attempts at doing a Martha Stewart style pumpkins from the last couple of years.

So I’m throwing a Halloween Party here at Violet Posy for all of you to join in.

All you have to do to join in the fun is, add a direct link below to your Halloween Posts (any to just your main site will get deleted). You can have as many as you like, about what you like be it dressing up, parties, cooking, decorating I don’t mind it just has to be about Halloween and the fun you are having at your house πŸ™‚

Also the British Mummy Bloggers Halloween Carnival is up at HotCrossMum

I can’t wait to here about your celebrations!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

 

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37 Comments

  1. We do Halloween every year. Totally love it – the dressing up, the games, the creating a haunted house at home.
    I’ve even managed to get them eating fruit instead of gallons of sugar with the apple bobbing which they now beg for!

  2. I think this will be our first real halloween. MaxiMad doesnt do dressing up. I am not sure about decorating at home, but my Brother has a halloween night at the social club he runs for the children

  3. I love halloween! Here’s my first post on some super easy pumpkin peeps and I’ll be sure to post my pics from our party later this week.

  4. I love halloween we have the kid’s costumes ready – love all the dressing up and games we have a halloween party every year.

  5. Oooooh we love halloween and are having a big party for the kids and cousins. The pumpkins are growing in the garden (although not as big as last year, sadly). Got some great Halloween bags for trick or treat.

    I believe my Halloween tutu is being reviewed by The Great Toy Guide too!

    YAYY!

  6. Great Idea!!! I love Halloween, I used to live in America and it was a BIG event there! Plus i never really grew out of the whole dressing up thing πŸ™‚ xxx

  7. I’ll be back, just as soon as I’ve put something up about halloween. You know, we’ve got some very quaint old traditions here, like locking the gate, turning the lights off, disconnecting the doorbell….

  8. awesome idea πŸ™‚
    i *love* halloween, and cannot wait to dress my little man up as a pumpkin. yes, I know he’ll hate me for it in years to come, but it’s all part of the fun of having a baby, right?
    will come back & post a link once i’ve blogged about it πŸ˜€

  9. I reckon it is pretty British – trouble is, English yoof have adopted the American trick-or-treat celebrations from across the pond, whereas we’ve had our own version for as long as I can remember. Growing up in a rural village in the Highlands, we went “guising” – which rather than letting someone’s car tyres down involved touring the village residents in costume and go into their houses with a view to them guessing who you were. Once guessing was complete (successfully or otherwise) it was standard procedure to perform a “party piece” for the residents. (Songs always seemed to be popular with the residents, whereas as a child jokes & poems were preferred). Distribution of goodies (sweets, apples. monkey nuts) was contingent upon a good performance. Altogether a much more communinty minded approach to Halloween celebration than is the current imported vogue. πŸ™‚

    1. That’s a much more communal approach to Halloween. I must admit growing up just outside of London we had pretty much nothing at Halloween. I must say that the bit of Ely I live in it’s very sweet and there’s lots of little kids trick or treating but only at houses where there are decorations. We don’t get many teenagers being a pain, but I suspect it’s because all the kids seem to be sub 8 round here. Give it a few years!

  10. Just left a link! It’s middle sons birthday the same day, so we’ll be trick or treating and singing ‘Happy Birthday!’ πŸ™‚

  11. I’m back!! And I do not have one, single solitary Halloween decoration up. Eek! That’s the weekend plan…thankfully it’s supposed to be full of rain so I’ll have no excuses to bail out on operation decorate. πŸ™‚

  12. Gosh Nik you have a pretty negative opinion of the States. I grew up there and have always enjoyed Halloween and found it a very positive community experience to share with our neighborhood. Not many Americans would let tires down on Halloween. Somehow I’m not surprised about your generalization though.

  13. Sandi,
    I’m not commenting on the states per se, but our british adoption of “trick or treat” which, to my knowledge, is an Americanism. (In the same way that schools now have “proms” rather than an end-of-school disco as my generation did πŸ™‚ )
    I suppose “trick or treaters” can leave out the “trick” part – most kids do. But there’ll always be a minority of miscreants who see it as a license for mild tampering and vandalism. Sad, but universally true I suspect, wherever you are.

  14. I was happily surprised last year to see a few kids do what Nik Sargeant described above. A boy aged about 12 was guiding 8 others to our front door where, lightly dressed up, they sang us a hilarious “We want candy, doo doo doo doo dah!” song. It was vaguely synchronised and obviously rehearsed so they got plenty of candy for it!

    What Nik describes is also very similar to my family’s Christmas eve tradition, where we’d go “carollying” around the neighbourhood; singing Christmas carols, occasionally being offered little shots of butterscotch schnapps or something else equally warming and sugary. The kids who didn’t fancy singing would slaughter each other with snowballs, then around 11pm we’d head back to my aunt’s for snacks, drinks and in recent years, a jump in the hot tub!

    Ahh how I miss big-family/community activities where there’s loads of healthy fun to be had for kids and grownups alike.

    I’ll have a box of sweets for the kids on the 31st, but suspect we won’t be doing anything more. Or maybe I’ll dress the cats up… *evil grin*

  15. Thanks so much for joining in everyone there are some amazing links above πŸ™‚

    Andrea – Happy Birthday to your son for this week x
    Laura – are your decorations up yet? πŸ˜‰
    Sarah – thanks for the lovely comment about my pumpkin xx
    Zoe – I find it really interesting that the Scots celebrate it so much, I’m guessing it’s probably part of where the American traditions come from? Do any other cultures do the same thing?
    Sandi – Glad to hear that in the US they don’t have as many problems with teenagers that we have in the UK. I think in the US and Canada there is more of a ‘community’ so people still know each other and the parents all know each other in the neighbourhood which has totally disappeared in the UK in the last 20-30 years, which is why I suspect some of the teenagers here do what they do.
    Nik – I’m still gutted we didn’t have a ‘prom’ I have visions of being Andi in Pretty in Pink πŸ˜‰
    Vero – Great to hear how it’s done in Canada πŸ™‚
    Carol – thanks for changing the link, sorry I was such an idiot messing it up!!! xx
    All Grown Up I’ve just sent you an email with the badge and code, hope that helps xx

  16. Oh so many wonderful links to read. Well done Liz for making this happen (and actually, I want to be Andi in PiP my all time favourite film when I was a teenager…..).
    Debx

  17. Deb – So pleased you’ve enjoyed it πŸ™‚ I knew you were a kindred spirit! You loved PiP too, I would have chosen Ducky πŸ˜‰

  18. Thanks Liz for such great Halloween blog party. I found so many fab ideas for food, party games, decorations and pumpkin carving.

  19. This was a very cool…I mean spooky idea! If it ever stops raining, I will bring my camera out and take pictures of the neighbors decorations. Although the weather in New Jersey is adding a dark, spooky feel to things, the Halloween decor looks much nicer with some sunshiney background.
    β™₯, Susan

  20. What a fun party! I linked up a post from last month that has my Halloween decorations in it. I can’t wait to check out the other links!

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