I’m such a fan of Halloween- it is at my favourite time of year and as seasonal events go I think this one is fairly low pressure and easy to enjoy. Even before we had children I would carve pumpkins, we’d watch spooky films and eat the sweets we’d bought for the trick or treaters. Now we have the boys I love to do some fun things with them and we have a few little traditions that we do each year. We start off the half term holidays with a trip to the pumpkin patch. This will be our third year going and now the boys start to get really excited and into the spirit of it. I usually buy a few little bits to decorate the house, we don’t go crazy but it’s just enough to get us in the mood. We carve our pumpkins, get dressed up, make some spooky fairy cakes and cosy up to watch a Halloween film.
This year I was sent a box of goodies from Home Bargains with their fabulous Halloween range. It is usually the first place I visit for Halloween decorations so it was great to get a peek at what they have in store. My Halloween essentials are fairy lights, spider webs, sweets and a trick or treat bag, then I see if anything else catches my eye. I love to have pretty much anything pumpkin themed and the little pumpkin string lights are probably my favourite thing of all. They are battery operated which I love as you can drape them anywhere, they don’t come with the batteries but are only £3.99. I also love this plastic pumpkin jar with mallows inside – this will serve as our trick or treat bucket on the night but for now the boys have taken to carrying it around with them just waiting for me to release the sweets! Home Bargains also do big bags of Swizzle Monster Treats that I’m trying to save for the day. I’ll be putting the Halloween plaque up at the end of this week too, this ‘Beware Witch’ one is only 79p which is just amazing!! The boys are usually in charge of the spiders and webs, these packs are 99p and you get a lot in them. I love starting our half term off by putting up all these little decorations and as the boys get older they get even more involved.
Once we’ve been to pick our pumpkins I let the boys decide what designs they want on them. I think last year we had a minion and a stormtrooper – if you look online you can find printable templates and then use a pumpkin carving kit to poke holes in the design outline. The one we were sent is just 99p and I wish I’d bought one last year as it would have made it a lot easier. We were also sent some pumpkin push ins which is such a great idea for young ones, instead of carving the pumpkin they can just push the eyes and mouth into it to make a face. I love this idea and these are only 59p, I’m going to get some more so they can have one each.
They also included a mummy dressing up costume for Lucas and a pack of family face paints, we haven’t done proper costumes in the past but this year we will visit some friends to trick or treat so the boys will want to get dressed up. I also love the ghost loot scoop bag for collecting treats in. These are another great buy at just 99p, I’m going to stock up on a few more of these Halloween goodies to give the boys at the end of the week. I’ll be sharing some more photos of our pumpkin carving and dressing up on Instagram nearer the time so keep an eye out over half term. I’d love to hear what you get up to over half term and if you plan any family fun.