We don’t do Halloween, but nevertheless there was an invitation to play waiting for Littlebit on her return from Play School one day this week.
I’ve never “done” Halloween. Having been brought up a Christian, spending every Sunday of my childhood at church, twice most Sundays, it was just something we didn’t do, it didn’t register on my radar until secondary school if I remember rightly and by then I’d formed my own opinions about it anyway.
I no longer go to church, though I do still believe, but I still don’t “do” Halloween and neither will Littlebit while I have my say.
I simply don’t believe in it. I mean, the whole idea of Halloween is a celebration of dead spirits and evil things. I’m just not into that! I think it’s a load of hype and a way for companies to make money out of tacky plastic tat, commercialism at its finest in my eyes.
I also despise the “glorified begging” that is trick or treating. What other event sees strangers knocking on peoples doors and asking to be given sweets or some other treats? It’s a horrible idea.
Having worked for a time at Age Concern (now Age UK) I remember just how terrified some older folk can get around Halloween, fearful of people knocking at the door and causing havoc for them if they don’t “treat”. The fact that Age UK have a page entitled “How to survive Halloween” says it all to me.
I just hate it and everything it stands for. Call me boring, I don’t care! Each to their own I guess.
However, now Littlebit is getting older I don’t want her to miss out on the whole experience. We do lots in the Autumn anyway, with our Autumn decorations, Bonfire night (this year we’ll be spending it with the Beadzoids) and Thanksgiving, but I love the idea of carving / decorating pumpkins. So I decided this was the year to start the tradition.
On Saturday we visited a local pumpkin patch and this week I let Littlebit loose with the glue, glitter, sequins and crafty bits. We had a couple of hours (yep, she really did decorate that pumpkin for 2 hours all in) of really good fun.
Littlebit’s finished pumpkin. Next year maybe we’ll move to carving the pumpkin, but this year I didn’t think it wise to let her lose with sharp objects! Daddypinkwellies and I will be carving our first pumpkins one evening when Littlebit is safe in bed though. I’ll let you know how we get on.