This year, for the first time, I'm taking the boys trick or treating at Halloween. I've resisted for years. Last year I carved a pumpkin into a Jack O'Lantern and placed it by the front door. It certainly attracted more callers, but in previous years - with no Halloween paraphernalia - we still had plenty of trick or treaters.
One year I had a distraught Presley to deal with at Halloween. He had managed to shell some acorns and shove the bits up his nose. I had to consol him, answer the door, shove sweets at strangers and think about calling NHS Direct.
This year, Halloween falls in the middle of our half term. We are going to a friend's house, with some other families, for a take-a-plate Halloween tea (I'll be searching Pinterest for spooky food ideas). Then, when it gets dark, we'll go trick or treating. We have costumes. We have plastic buckets in the shape of pumpkins. We're ready.
BUT... I have some rules that I'd like to share with you.
SANDY'S HALLOWEEN RULES:
If I ruled the world, Halloween would happen like this.
- If you want trick or treaters to knock on your door, leave a pumpkin on your doorstep. If you don't, don't.
- If you go trick or treating, only knock on doors where there is a pumpkin on the doorstop.
Actually, if I ruled the world 31st October would be just another day.
Do you celebrate Halloween?