Last year we spent Halloween in Wales...and this year we are in Western Australia! What a crazy life! Celebrating Halloween is still a fairly new tradition around here, though it is gaining traction as stores figure out they can sell stuff and kids figure out they can go get free candy from their neighbors. For the first time in many years, my Halloween featured trick or treating!
The day started off cold, dark, and stormy. Unusual for Australia, but perfect for Halloween. The wind and the rain were so loud on the tin roof of the house that I woke up even before my alarm went off. Ah well, more time to celebrate Halloween! Back home in Iowa, they are already getting snow. Here, we got hail! I figure it's the Australian version of snow. The hail was teeny tiny, almost like snowflakes, haha.
Even though we do our best to travel light, I brought a couple of fun Halloween things with me. First up are my Frankenstein's monster earrings that I have owned since Junior High. I love these earrings because they are so festive and hold not a small amount of nostalgia. Secondly, I wore my Blackberry Lipsense for the first time since last Halloween. Yes, I carry around black lipstick just so I can wear it exactly once a year. To finish off the ensemble this year I found a cool Halloween headband in Elaine's holiday stash so I rocked that all day as well.
The weather throughout the day was incredibly mercurial, changing rapidly from absolute pouring rain and hail one minute to blindingly bright sunshine the next. At one point it was absolutely pouring down rain and the sun was shining brightly and you know what that means...there has to be a rainbow somewhere! I stepped outside and found one arching just above Elaine's house!
Back inside the house, I decorated the front entryway for the evening. My favorite tableau was this bird/candle piece of art (which lives here year-round) that I enhanced with the Jack O'Lantern lights. We also had a color flashing tombstone, some pumpkins, and, of course, a bucketful of candy! Around 5 pm the doorbell started ringing and throughout the night we ended up with a good amount of kids coming by - I'd guess around 30 total. There were some really awesome costumes including one super creepy It clown complete with red balloon and a zombie unicorn! All of the kids were really polite and it was fun to hear "Trick or Treat!" in an Australian accent.
About halfway through the evening, we left Joel at home to hand out candy and Elaine and I took her 3-year-old grandson out trick or treating. I'd say only about 30% of homes in the neighborhood were participating, which they were supposed to indicate by either having decorations or leaving the porch light on. Since the active homes were few and far between Elaine drove us in the car while I hopped out at each house to walk Cat Boy (from PJ Masks) to the door. We knocked on a few doors that weren't home (I think their porch lights were automatic) but we also found a lot that were home and we managed to fill his whole bucket with lollies!
I can't remember the last time I got to actually go trick or treating and it was so much fun. He yelled "Twick or Tweat!" at every door and shouted a huge "Thank you!" as we left, it was adorable. This is also the first time in a long time I've been able to hand out candy. We didn't get any trick or treaters in Wales last year or at our house in Fort Dodge for the last 3 years we lived in the States. I had so much fun participating in this Halloween tradition, and I totally plan to do my best to popularize it wherever we end up living in the UK!
My Halloween is just ending...but I know for many of you it's just beginning in the States, so I hope you have a very Happy Haloween!