Halloween is something that I've never had much interest in. As a child I hated the scary costumes and as an adult I found 'trick or treaters', an annoying inconvenience. BUT after experiencing Halloween the American way whilst living in Houston, I am a complete Halloween convert!
There are so many lovely traditions in America associated with Halloween, and we have decided to keep a few of them with us.
1. Decorate your garden, some go for just simple pumpkin arrangement, whilst other turn their entire garden into a graveyard!! Garden decorating starts at the end of September so you can get a full month of enjoyment from it. We have decorated our garden this year (see pic below) and to our amazement some of our neighbors have followed suit!
2. Halloween isn't scary. Princess's, prince's, characters, cowboys, and so much more. Our experience of halloween in Houston was that children dressed up as something fun, we didn't get a single trick or treater that was dressed 'scary'.
3. Family fun! Whole families dress up and get involved with halloween, last year we went as the Frozen cast. Frankie thought it was amazing that we dressed up with her, we will be doing the same this year :)
4. Neighborhood party. Halloween is a brilliant excuse to get the neighborhood together. A street party was organized and we were all to bring drinks and a plate of food each. All the children trick or treated together and then we ended up in one of the cul-de-sacs just near our home where we drank, ate and had a party!
5. Being BOO'D!! this is such a lovely tradition that I am yet to do over in the UK, BUT I will make sure I do it this week. Being BOO'D is when you leave a little pre-halloween parcel on a chosen child's doorstep, filled with halloween related goodies such as coloring pages, candy, or some homemade cookies. The parcel will have a sign saying "You've been BOO'D" on it and the idea is that if you are BOO'D then you have to chose someone to BOO to in order to keep the fun going.
Nothing is too much effort in America, and we are really hoping to keep a little piece of that with us. This year we are throwing a little Halloween party for Frankie's friends, and hopefully their mummy's and daddy's will do the family dress up and get involved too!