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This Plus That Equals…. Halloween

This plus that equals…. Halloween

Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about Halloween. Pre-child it’s not something I even thought about but now we’ve got L and he is excited!!

Carved pumpkin
Pumpkin time


L is obsessed with them. We’ve already carved our first pumpkin of the season and we’ll be carving more.

I’d rather like to take him to a pumpkin patch, which I might do this week. Otherwise a couple more from the supermarket and he’ll be happy.

If I’m honest I’m happy with my ceramic pumpkin head tealight holder though.

Halloween we're ready!
Halloween we’re ready!


Last year I made some fun Halloween decorations for Hobbycraft which I’ve kept.

Obviously there will be the aforementioned pumpkins and a few other bits I’ve gathered. Webs, spooky bunting, spiders and the like.

I’m just trying to get a few bits every year to add to my Halloween decoration box, it saves on money every year and it doesn’t take much to make L happy.

Halloween Candles
A few candles to finish the look

Trick and Treating

I cannot tell you how much I hate this. To be fair we don’t get any where we live and I would answer the door to them if someone knocked, but under no circumstances will I be doing it with L.

For me, it’s an alien concept. We don’t live in America where it is a right of passage and everyone gets involved. We live in the UK, where people like to be left alone and it’s a 50/50 split if you know your neighbours or not.

When he’s older maybe it’s a conversation we’ll need to have but for right now I’m a no on trick and treating. I will not have him knocking on a stranger’s door asking for sweets.

Easy face painting from Snazaroo


What do you want to dress up as? Eugh, why did I ask? His answer changes on a daily basis and gets more and more outlandish.

A minion, fine, we own a onesie. Blaze (you know, from Blaze and the monster machines), well that could be awkward but I’ll give it a shot. A real life rocket ship, with loud engines and a space suit, errrm.

As it happens we’ve, ok I’ve, settled on face paint as we got a fab mini set from Snazaroo that just contains the colours you need, sponge, brush and simple instructions. The test run on me was promising, though not as good as the picture on the box! I like that they are only £2.99 and you don’t get left with loads of colours you’ll never use and get binned and that each set comes with instructions. The little water well in the box was very handy too.

My attempt at the Snazaroo design, not too bad really


So because we aren’t going out for Halloween I’m going to make L a spooky tea. Most my inspiration came from the magazine you get in Tesco.

We’re having zombie brains and cheese sauce for our main. Also know as cauliflower cheese, with a bit more attention paid to the chopping of the cauliflower and some ketchup for effect.

I’m making the green custard slime pie thing that has been on the TV adverts, I do love a bit of custard.

There were also loads of fab fruity ideas, like decorating plums to look like spiders and kiwi fruit faces using marshmallows for teeth. Basically I’m just making the Tesco magazine spread!

Boy in a Minion costume
Couldn’t content with a Minion onesie

What does everyone else do for Halloween?

Finally, I’m linking up with #TwinklyTuesday, #Blogstravaganza, #StayClassyMama and #fortheloveofBLOG

Disclosure – I was sent as Snazaroo sample to review. All opinions are my own.


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20 thoughts on “This Plus That Equals…. Halloween”

  1. I’m not a halloween lover. This year however we carved our first pumpkins and it was lots of fun. The kids also love dressing up. Thank you for sharing with #StayClassymama

  2. Love that hamper from Hobbycraft, looks like so much fun. We’ve carved a pumpkin but think we will stop at that for Halloween this year as my two are still pretty young. I’m sure we will do lots more decorating and dressing up when they’re a bit older. Love your make up! Looks great. Thanks so much for sharing with #fortheloveofBLOG
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  3. I’ve never been in to Halloween but Reuben seems to like the hype, so we do pumpkins carving, he gets a costume to wear to preschool but treat or treating. Nope. Our town shops do a route which we have done but knocking on doors will not happen! #Blogstravaganza

    1. Oh I like the idea of the shops in town doing a route, I would be OK with that. We’ve done the costume and pumpkin carving too. It’s funny how into it the kids are when it seems none of us parents are encouraging it, I blame TV. ha ha.

  4. We have yet to take Zach trick or treating. It isn’t something that I done as a child but I always wanted to so I don’t know how I feel about not taking Zach. WIll he be the only one in his class not going? I don’t know. Anyway, it’s a Tuesday this year and the other half is always out after work so it’s a bit hard to think about this year with two of them. We will open the door though and give out sweets which always makes Zach happy! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    1. I’m pretty certain when L starts school my stance my change, I would not want him to be left out. It’s tough isn’t it. We don’t get anyone knocking on the door in our area, I still buy sweets just in case though, no idea why, I just end up eating them 🙂

  5. Love the facepaint! Halloween is our wedding anniversary so we will be having a nice dinner at home.

  6. I’m not a huge fan of Halloween and hate Trick and Treating with a passion. I did dress up a few times as a child, but I get scared so easily that I think it was never going to be my thing 🙂 Spooky tea sounds fun though and I like the idea of collecting each year and popping in a box so you get a larger collection of bits as the years pass. #FortheloveofBLOG
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  7. I remember when we all just did a bit of apple bobbing at Halloween and that was as exciting as it got. I have taken Miss. L trick or treating a couple of times, but she’s at secondary school now, so I think we’re off the hook this year #TwinklyTuesday x

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