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We Do the Monster Mash - Halloween Party Ideas


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As we hurtle towards the end of the year, I look at the calendar and try to wrap my head around the busy schedule that lies ahead for us. Between now and January we have parties and other events all happening. Am I the only one who finds this time of year gears up for fun? The start of the year churns along at a painful pace and then Boo! Here it is and first up on the list is Halloweeeeeeeennnnnn…

Growing up, Halloween was something the Americans would celebrate. We were not ones to buy costumes, decorate the house with all things creepy. None of our friends were into the spirit of Halloween either. We would spend the evening in the lounge room watching the one or two kids who did get dressed up wander from door to door in search of a treat or to wreak a trick on the house. We must have always lived in areas where no one gave much thought to Halloween decorations. Even at school the only thing we did was to colour in a photocopy of a pumpkin and then link them up around the classroom walls. My brothers and I were a little envious of those kids that were out collecting lollies but as we grew we realised that not all grown ups have nice intentions and a few of our friends had things like dog biscuits, panadol and other unsavoury things placed in their loot bags.

So it was a totally random coinky-dink that I happened to meet, fall in love with and eventually marry a man who spent his childhood growing up in Toronto, Canada and there they LOVE Halloween. In the budding stages of our relationship we did the whole family celebrations talk and he was mortified when I fessed up that we never bothered with Halloween. He kinda went pale actually. He then told me about what it was like for him, the fall leaves on the ground, orange, brown, gold, red. The cooler, crisp autumn weather, decorating the house, and fixing costumes and most importantly, trick or treating. Just like in the movies. I felt bad for him and as October approached I could see he was feeling homesick. Doing what any wonderful, supportive girlfriend would do I went out and bought a big bag of lollies, a scary face mask and filled our house with plastic bugs and together we sat and waited for the kids to come knocking “Trick or Treat!”

By the time we were on the third horror movie – Night of the Living Dead, Mike resigned himself to the fact that Aussies just didn’t get Halloween and we called it a night. To console himself he ate the big bowl of candy whilst wearing the scary mask. Over the years, every Halloween we would buy a pack of lollies just in case. We did have some kids come by once and Mike was thrilled. He handed out the treats and had a chat with the parents about Halloween in Canada and told the kids their costumes were great. But for most of them, we would spend it on the couch watching horror movies, eating the lollies and taking our chances with the “tricks”. When we started having kids, Mike stepped up his petition to celebrate Halloween in the Jarvis Household. His parents would send us hilarious kids costumes and we would dress them up for photos. They were too little to go trick or treating. Now Tilly is 5 years old and Mish is 2.5 years, Mike has won and I have finally come around to the idea but only because I love nothing more than planning a party.

This year we have decided to put together a little Halloween party for our children’s friends and make it fun. We will take the scary out of it and muck about with all things gross (our son has a penchant for bottom jokes). Take out the blood and gore and tone it down, but keep the bugs, rats, bats and snot (green jelly). Of course the playlist will include Purple People Eater and Monster Mash and there will be games like pin the Tail on the Rat, The Mummy Pass the Parcel, What’s the Time Mr Wolf?, and a broom race. There are heaps of ideas for kids Halloween party food and my favourite part of the party – the goodie bags will contain plastic bugs, bats, putty, glow sticks, stickers and a few lollies of course!

Mike wants to share his childhood with his kids and share Halloween with their friends (I don’t think he will ever grow up, at 35 years of age he is the biggest kid I know!) Tilly is all set for it and changes her costume idea every morning whilst I am making breakfast. Currently she has switched from wanting to be Jack Skellington to Coraline Jones (she is a mad keen Tim Burton fan!) As for our son well we have two ideas based on recent events. He has no fear and as such likes to spend his day planning and trying to carry out dare devil stunts. Last week one such stunt saw him slide forward off the little trampoline. Three hours in emergency, one x-ray and a broken collar bone later, Mike and I are deciding between the Mummy (wrapping him head to toe in bandages) or the Boy in the Bubble. So now begins the planning and preparation for the first Jarvis Halloween party! 

For some ideas/products to use for your child’s Halloween party check out Pink Frosting's Halloween Party Supplies department. 

 



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