Last year I wrote about my thoughts on Halloween in Australia, and shared how we decorated our house.
This year my thoughts haven’t changed, I don’t understand it or why we celebrate it, and I’m quite certain that the majority of kids wouldn’t be able to explain why they are out Trick or Treating. However, we are still happy to embrace the community spirit and atmosphere. We all enjoyed our long walk around the neighbourhood before returning to our friends’ home for dinner and a laugh.
Our decorations were quite similar to last year, some were in different spots in the garden, so I will just let the photos do the story telling 🙂
Cute battery operated pumpkin lights
Our Magnolia is always heavily laden with Spanish Moss
A few surprises among the plants
Graveyard in its ‘new’ spot – the rose garden now has roses in it!
Our Treat table. The mini tic tacs were very popular, I hope I can find them again next year!
The loot (see my previous post for costume details)
Some Halloween snacks we took – Eggy eyeballs: curried or devilled eggs, topped with a slice of olive, and red food colouring detail
French Onion Dip (sour cream mixed with packet French Onion soup mix to taste) with a couple of drops of blue food colouring, carrot slivers making the spiderweb design. The dip was too thin/carrot sticks too heavy and they sank into the dip quickly. Would make a different type of dip next time
How did my ideas on stopping Trick or Treaters entering after all our treats had gone? Not well at all. As well as this tape across the arch, there was tape across the front of the driveway, and my sign was attached to that. All had quite obviously been walked over. We even had a group knock on our door shortly before 9pm, just after we got home. Apart from the fairy lights which are on every night, there were no other lights on to suggest we would be available. I will add a more obvious sign next year and see if that makes a difference. If anyone has a tried and tested way to let people know not knock I would be interested in hearing about it!
To all of you who chose to celebrate last night, I hope you had a great time! If you chose not to, I hope you enjoyed a semi-peaceful evening!
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