The other year, I described how my kids don’t go trick or treating and how we found other things to do instead.
Ever since the eldest was born (who is now ten) we’ve had the tradition of “Spooky tea” on Halloween to appease them to the fact that yes, we do naff all at Halloween and that’s just the way it IS.
Instead of sitting in the dark and having to be quiet and pretend we’re not in (they don’t DO quiet, they’d be pulling the curtains back and gawking out of the window to see who was there and why they couldn’t answer the door) I thought we’d have a tea instead.
It’s worked so far.
We buy a scary tablecloth (this year it’s a spider’s web) and we’ve bought a jelly mould in the shape of brains so that we can make a jelly brain for dessert.
The main course will be something like witches fingers like these ones here and some monster mash (mashed potatoes with peas mashed in for a nice green colour…)
Why, then, should we do trick or treating as well?!
10 year old wants to go this year. One part of me says “YOU wanted to go at the age of 10, don’t be so bleedin’ mean,’
Then another voice chimes in ” What the chuff do you want to go out begging at people’s doors for?! Yay, let’s go cold calling and asking for sweets. Then playing a ‘trick’ if we don’t get our own way.”
Yup, trawling the streets hoping for some friendly neighbours doling out sweets and not some cantankerous old person answering the door wanting to tell us to bog off isn’t my idea of fun.
We went to a children’s Halloween party last year, actually. The first time I have EVER done anything kids like for Halloween. It was actually a really great party, and they loved it.
So did I.
(I’m not counting the only other party I ever did at Halloween as that was an adult one (pre kids.) Loads of vodka from what I can remember….. nothing children like there!)
So. To trick or treat or not to trick and treat?!
What would you do?!