Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

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, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

I heard a lot of negativity this year in the run up to Halloween but for us it is a family time and we still celebrate it for the sake of tradition.  I have happy memories of Halloween “Street Parties” with our neighbours while growing up and I want my kids to experience the same for  this occasion too.  When I went “Trick or Treating” it was just down our street and to the neighbours who we knew were expecting us.  We were quite often given spare change instead of sweets as people didn’t buy in sweets especially for Halloween.  Once we got back to the party the money would be shared out equally but I can honestly say we’d have enjoyed the day without “these treats”, the friendship and fun we all enjoyed together was the important part.


With my own children we have a family party and only go “Trick or Treating” to family.  The kids always bring something to give to our hosts- a homemade biscuit or cake-  rather than expect to receive but I have to admit they are lucky at every house and everyone always gives them sweets and money.

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

This year’s celebrations began with a weekend family party at Nanny’s house while Aunty Ceri was home.


, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

We enjoyed delicious Nachos for tea and then began the party games.

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

Apple bobbing is always fun.  Izzy spied the bowl and apples and couldn’t wait for this game to begin.  


, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

Danny is an old pro and easily “won” a bobbing apple.

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

Izzy soon realised that it’s harder than it actually looks.  Firstly she worried about her top getting wet, so off her vampire top came.  Then she still struggled to grab an apple using her small mouth.


, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

I told her that if she could grab an onion instead, we would let her swap it for an apple, so that’s what she did!

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family



Cousin Cerys’ turn!

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

Another old pro!

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

After everybody had completed their turn Danny decided to quickly bob and win all the remaining apples!  He did this very quickly- it was quite funny to watch.


, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

Then the kids took to the hall to play party games with Ceri.  They love playing “Who Am I?” and Charades.


, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

Toby had lots of cuddles with the kids.  Here he was desperate to get the balloon behind Danny- he loves balloons!

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

Danny “Balloon Alien Face”.

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

Ceri then began a game of “Guess the TV Theme Tune”.  I thought it was an app on her phone but she was just playing songs from TV Theme Tune albums on iTunes.  The kids loved this so I’ll definitely use this idea to entertain them in the future.


, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family


My little vampire!


, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family


Once the kids began to tire we made our way home.  Thanks for a lovely party Mum, Jo, Ceri and Cerys!

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family


On actual Halloween we spent the day writing and telling Halloween stories, baking spooky biscuits and enjoying bewitching Lush goodies.  Then it was time to get ready and go out family “Trick or Treating”.  The kids always miss out on getting to give out sweets to “trick or treaters” visiting our house so this year they left some treats outside for visiting kids to share.  We hope everyone who knocked managed to get some!

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

Firstly we popped into a friend’s party- this year we had a witch, teen in scream mask and two twinning sketetons.  Izzy adores her older sister Caitlyn and quite often wants to be “whatever Caitlyn” is.  


, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

Thanks to C and K for inviting us to their party – sorry we couldn’t stay long!

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

Then we went to see Great Granny and Great Grampy and to deliver more biscuits.  The kids had planned to make Bat and Spiderweb biscuits but of all our tupperware full of different cutters we couldn’t find a plain circle one!  So instead they made bats and cats.

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

Great Granny takes a photo of Witch Rebecca.

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

The kids with the “Greats”.  The skeletons look well and truly (ironically) fed up!  I wonder if there were smiles behind the masks? 

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

Next we visited Granny and Grampy.  Danny enjoyed cuddles with Aunty Eileen’s lovely doggy, Charlie.  


, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

 The kids with Granny and Grampy and Charlie.  Funnily enough every family shot features a dog as Great Grampy’s plush dog was in the above photo too!


, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

Lastly we popped to Nanny’s house to see her and Toby dog!


, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

Lastly we came home to scare Daddy- he was definitely more scared when we took our masks off!  We checked our treat bucket and as expected it was empty.  We hope all the trick or treaters had fun!

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family


Me and the kids (sadly I took my wig off before the photo!).  I didn’t have a lot of time to get ready so I’m not even sure if I was a witch, Morticia or just spooky lady!  It’s all good fun though!  We had a lovely time and the best part as always was seeing our lovely family.


The girls also enjoyed parties with Brownies and Guides!


Do you celebrate Halloween?  What are your traditions?

More posts:  

Pumpkin Picking 2017


Pumpkin Picking and Pumpkin Pie 2016


Halloween 2016


Halloween 2015- Morticia Addams Costume


Pumpkin Picking 2014


Halloween 2013


Halloween 2012

, Halloween 2017- A Time for Family

3 Comments

  1. , Halloween 2017- A Time for Family
    Margaret Gallagher
    November 10, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Wow what a great Halloween I join in but think I'm off the wrong generation

  2. , Halloween 2017- A Time for Family
    mummy24
    November 11, 2017 / 9:18 am

    Looks like lots of fun. I love traditional Halloween games like ducking for Apple's

  3. , Halloween 2017- A Time for Family
    kayleigh watkins
    November 11, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Looks like they had a fab time, their costumes are fantastic too, when we were children my sister and I would go around our village and their would be pumpkins and decorations and welcoming faces, we took our daughters this year and hardly any houses were decorated, and people didn't answer their doors but they enjoyed themselves with the few who did, I will be doing a party next year, I didn't this year as we have recently moved home xxx

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