Tonight was quite an uneventful Halloween night. In fact, probably the most low-key Halloween I’ve ever had in my lifetime. Gone are the days when we’d dress up with friends and go clubbing… and major effort into our costumes to win prizes. I’ll never forget my two friends and I dressed up as Three Men in a Boat and won $500 – which was a huge prize for us back then.
But as I hoped, the kids did have fun. As it is Half Term week, where the kids actually have a full week off of school, the dress up parties were not happening. We do not have a large, organized parent groups like we did back in the States and it’s not as big a day, so it’s different. Last year, our friends hosted a pretty big party, but as they have a newborn baby this year, they decided against it this year.
When we got back to Gresham, we did a quick walk around the village in search of houses with pumpkins lit up. As it’s a small village and some houses are set back off the main street, we didn’t get too far. I think we stopped at three homes before returning home. I told the kids, we had to get back home in case anyone wanted to visit us. Eagerly they agreed and kept their costumes on in case someone came to ring our bell. It was then when they made this video:
When we got back to Gresham, we did a quick walk around the village in search of houses with pumpkins lit up. As it’s a small village and some houses are set back off the main street, we didn’t get too far. I think we stopped at three homes before returning home. I told the kids, we had to get back home in case anyone wanted to visit us. Eagerly they agreed and kept their costumes on in case someone came to ring our bell.
After about 20 minutes, we got the knock. It was two little boys from up the street who go to school with our kids. That was it… one set of kids. Thankfully I didn’t buy tons of candy to have around the house, though I do wish I could have a few Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!
Soren dressed as Batman and Maebh was in Soren’s old Spiderman suit from the last TWO years – complete with puffy muscles. She has plenty of tutu’s and pretty dresses with butterfly wings, but she really wanted to be Spiderman, so Spiderman it was.
Originally I was going to take the kids to Sheringham Park on Saturday and do the Halloween Trail, but at the last minute had the idea to just have them come to the park after Maebh’s nap. Just when I was saying to a colleague that I hope they come soon as it will be dark soon, they came around the corner in full costume.
The kids did the trail and Soren got to choose what cookie he wanted. Like many of the kids today, when they saw the choices, they took forever to choose! 🙂
They then warmed up with some chocolate milk in the cafe while I finished up working. As they were in costumes and excited to Trick-or-Treat, we decided we’d give it a go. Here there is an implied rule, if a house has a lit pumpkin outside the house, it means that they’d love for you to knock and no pumpkin means don’t.
First we popped back home and visited our neighbors in #10. When the two kids answered that door in full costume, one being quite scary, they had some fun with our kids. Then a quick visit to the neighbors in #3 and then that was it – what next?
We thought we’d head up to Cromer, a larger town where there are more people and the houses in some parts are close together, like row houses, so we thought it would be easier. Plus, we thought we’d stop off for a super quick trick-or-treat surprise at a friend’s house. When done, we cross their street to the one house we saw with decorations and a lit pumpkin. When the girl answered, she told the kids to take a few treats – clearly not many kids were coming around.
We still have to carve the pumpkins, so I will do that with the kids on Saturday when I’m off. Truthfully, I’m glad it is over. Thanksgiving here is a pretty non-event too. We’ll have a meal or two with various friends, pumpkin pie and then… we have Christmas! I think is far more fun & festive and the kids are a great age to enjoy every minute of it. We won’t make it to consume, consume, but have fun with it. I have a lot of crafts planned…and fun ideas for the Elves which I hope to get soon, as they need to arrive on Thanksgiving.