Halloween hideout

When I collected the mail earlier this week, there was a small white envelope inside the letterbox with the word ‘Halloween’ scrawled across it in orange.

I let out a groan.

Just like last year, inside the envelope was a courteous little note inviting families in the neighbourhood to participate in trick-or-treating from 5pm to 7pm. To be involved, all you have to do is put the orange balloon supplied in the envelope at the front of your house.

Last year I thought this was a fantastic idea. I had a two-week-old baby and a two-year-old adjusting to life as a big sister. I did not need any little trick-or-treaters rapping on my door during witching hour (no pun intended πŸ˜‰ ). I threw the balloon in the bin feeling satisfied that the lack of balloon out the front would indicate we were a no trick-or-treating zone. Yet, it seemed a handful of trick-or-treaters didn’t get the memo and while I was battling the evening shift, I had kids banging down my door.

This year, not much has changed. The girls are now three and one, but that time of day is still completely and utterly crazy. The plan this year is to shut all the windows, lock the doors and hideout upstairs.

Does that officially make me old? Or a party pooper? If there was a Grinch of Halloween, I think I might be it. I’m just not really a fan of Halloween.

There I said it. Please don’t judge me. I mean yes, it’s fun to dress up, carve pumpkins, decorate the house with spider webs and have bowls filled with brains and googly eyeballs, what I don’t get is why we want to dress up our children as witches or a monster and let them traipse around the neighbourhood collecting candy from strangers.

I mean kids love dressing up, they love candy, it’s all just a bit of fun and community spirit. Something just doesn’t sit right with me about it, that’s all.

Perhaps it has to do with my girls not being old enough. I haven’t told Miss Three about Halloween yet and don’t plan to. While she would love to dress up as a princess or maybe even a witch if I coaxed her, I just don’t think she’d be down with introducing herself to neighbours and requesting treats from them. Meanwhile, I don’t want her doing this either.

Who knows what people are handing out? Even my dear old Dave has given kids chunks of cheese when he was unexpectedly confronted with a group of trick-or-treaters back in his flatting days. I mean, eww. I don’t want strangers giving my kids cheese, or anything else from their fridges.

And while I’m at it, can anyone shed some light on another thing I don’t get about Halloween? Why do some women feel the need to wear skimpy outfits at Halloween? A naughty nurse, a sexy cat, a partly-dressed pirate … I thought we were meant to be dressing up as the bride of frankenstein or a zombie!

Anyway, I know it is just a matter of time before my girls want to dress up as little witches or monsters and be part of the fun. I’m sure in a couple of years time I will be walking the streets with them getting involved with the rest of the neighbourhood. Until then, I’ll be throwing out the orange balloon and peering through the curtains pretending to not be home πŸ™‚

Are you a fan of Halloween? Do your kids trick-or-treat? Are you a naughty nurse or bloodied bride of frankenstein kind of girl?

43 comments on Halloween hideout

  1. Pip
    October 30, 2013 at 6:27 am (4 years ago)

    100% in agreement with you. I remember going through it when I was at primary school and there were urban myths about all the things put in kids’ bags. More to the point is that I have read about the Celtic Christian origin behind it and it strikes no chord whatsoever. If the whole community are on board and it’s a cul-de-sac with neighbours you know partying with cute little witches and goblins then awesome but I think in this day and age I know a smattering of my neighbours and certainly not well enough to ‘bother’ those who don’t have kids or want to take part.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s right, Pip. A friend of mine has a great little set up in her neighbourhood, but we hardly know our neighbours having lived here for such a short time, plus the girls are way too young!

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  2. Jodie@FreshHomeCook
    October 30, 2013 at 7:12 am (4 years ago)

    Right there with you Renee! Ironically I am someone who has always loved all stores supernatural, but i have never really gotten into Halloween.
    I find it interesting that there is such a big push to force it into our culture. It was never even on the radar when I was a kid. Not sure of the reason, but each year it seems to be more prominent in the stores & on TV. Another way to try to part us from our hard earned cash on something frivolous & over commercialised!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 30, 2013 at 8:39 pm (4 years ago)

      Too true. It wasn’t on my radar at school either. I guess because I didn’t go trick or treating, I don’t really see the big deal. I was only thinking last night how strange I’m not into it because I love all those shows like Supernatural, True Blood etc πŸ™‚ Thanks for the shout out on FB today. It was awesome!!!

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  3. EssentiallyJess
    October 30, 2013 at 7:23 am (4 years ago)

    Thankfully it hadn’t caught on in my street and I’m hoping it doesn’t!
    Look I get that it’s a bit of fun and all, but it feels to me like more commercialism inspired by the shops to make us spend more money, and for no good reason in my book. I just feel it’s unnecessary which may not he a popular opinion, but whatevs πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol, Jess. Oh yeah, the shops love it! I was walking through the city today and there was Halloween paraphernalia everywhere!

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  4. Deb @ Home life simplified
    October 30, 2013 at 7:59 am (4 years ago)

    As an American in Australia I was grateful we ended up living in a part of our suburb that does the get together thing (although my kids were about 4-5 when we started). They canvas 3-4 streets with notes and orange ribbon. You tie it on your front fence etc if you want in. In our case this lady includes starting off at her house for a sausage sizzle, gives the kids fun tattoos and glow sticks so we can see them. we then send them out supervised in groups of 4-6 kids staggered so houses are not inundated. We have neighbours who participate every year who are old or young and childless and they adore seeing the local kids and usually go all out decorating or dressing up.

    this year my kids begged to have a halloween party so we are hosting our first annual on saturday evening at the local park (thursday we have sports until late so not on halloween).

    also in america you wear whatever fun costume you like rather than the focus on scary costumes that seems to be common here (although no one needs to see a naughty nurse in public anywhere lol)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm (4 years ago)

      Wow Deb. That sounds like an awesome setup and a fun activity for the kids. You guys know how to go all out with the sausage sizzle and glow sticks. I have to say I would like to witness Halloween in America one time. It looks so big in the movies. Have fun on Saturday πŸ™‚

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  5. Lynda - all about mama
    October 30, 2013 at 10:16 am (4 years ago)

    Just to set the record straight here – halloween or samhain has nothing whatsoever to do with biblical Christianity. It does not have Celtic – biblical christian origins, unless you mean catholic and the feast of all saints. It is a pagan – satanic high day, (day of the dead) (hence the dressing up as witches, zoombies and fairies anything that is from hell and the dark side) and if you do some research about the druids and its origins you would be absolutely appalled and have nothing to do with it whatsoever.

    This is not a celebration of anything about love or community but is about a day in which men and women were sacrificed to the devil. Yes of course America through Hollywood which is named for the wand of betwitching “wood from the holly tree” makes the most powerful spell casting wand.

    America is guilty of many great and terrible curses upon the world, it thrives through ignorance and perversion of truth. It is a sad and miserable day now that Australia has succumbed and is embracing these seductions of the USA.

    Do we honestly think or do we not really care that our children will be the ones that will have to pay the price for our stupidly.

    Do we really want our children following the examples of American culture? That we let them embrace through our televisions? Do we want the same problems that American children must go through?

    Is America a good role model?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Halloween and a little of its history, Lynda. I can tell you are very passionate about this. It’s great to hear from a range of different people about their views on this topic.

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  6. Sam Stone @ A Life on Venus
    October 30, 2013 at 4:56 pm (4 years ago)

    I don’t think I am a fan. But our little miss loves it. She had a halloween themed birthday party last year, for her fifth b’day. SHe learnt about it at daycare when they did halloween craft a couple of years ago.
    We don’t do trick-or-treating though and no-one has ever come to the door.
    I do think that it is getting more and more popular in Australia.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm (4 years ago)

      I was wondering if they would do it at my daughter’s daycare, but they haven’t. I did notice they were doing Melbourne Cup themed things though πŸ™‚ Your little girl sounds like a character πŸ™‚

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  7. Emma Fahy Davis
    October 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm (4 years ago)

    Cheese? Ewwww! I’m kind of a Halloween grinch too, but my kids are unfortunately now old enough to want to participate!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 30, 2013 at 9:11 pm (4 years ago)

      I know! Gross huh, Emma?! πŸ™‚ Hope your girlies have a good time πŸ™‚

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  8. Bec | Mumma Tells
    October 31, 2013 at 6:07 am (4 years ago)

    I’ll be hiding upstairs too. Lights off and windows shut sound like worthy additions. Maybe it’s the ‘kids are too young’ thing here too? Either way, there’ll be no balloon or ribbon displayed out the front of our place.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 31, 2013 at 6:48 am (4 years ago)

      IKR. Late afternoon / early evening is just madness here. Don’t need to add to it! πŸ™‚

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  9. Emily
    October 31, 2013 at 6:24 am (4 years ago)

    I don’t see any harm in celebrating Hallowe’en here, but think you absolutely have the right to opt out.

    I’d go as far as to put a note on your door. ‘Sorry, we’re not participating in Hallowe’en this year. Please do not knock as you may wake a sleeping baby.’ No-one could get mad about that message. (Surely?!)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 31, 2013 at 6:49 am (4 years ago)

      Great idea, Emily!!!! Love the way you think. I just told Dave and he has just stated that kids can’t read lol. Have a great day, Emily πŸ™‚

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  10. ann
    October 31, 2013 at 9:33 am (4 years ago)

    Love the idea of having something to show whether you are participating, my town did that one year. I am not really into halloween and will probably spend tonight locked in the house with no noise too!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 31, 2013 at 1:34 pm (4 years ago)

      Glad I’m not the only one, Ann! πŸ™‚

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  11. Ed @ The Tunnel
    October 31, 2013 at 12:10 pm (4 years ago)

    I dare not call Halloween (or Hallowe’en?) “an American thing” given that it was a very big deal at my Brisbane primary school more than thirty years ago. How terrifying – the passing of time, that is, not the roomful of very unconvincing 10 year old ghosts and vampires!

    Our house has not received any balloons in the mailbox yet but we have got the lollybags ready for the hordes that always descend upon us. Despite our proximity to the hospital, we have never been visited by any nurses – naughty or otherwise. Will let you know if this changes.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Thanks. Yes, please keep me posted on those naughty nurses πŸ˜‰ It’s so strange because I’m only a little younger than you and definitely don’t remember Halloween being big when I was little. Maybe my mum hid it from me like I’m doing to my kids!!

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  12. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    October 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm (4 years ago)

    You won’t be able to hide forever lovely, as soon as your babes get old enough they will be interested! I know we just used to give out candy when my oldest was little, she used to love seeing the costumes of the trick or treaters. This year we’re all going out and dressing up – any excuse to dress up I say. But if it’s not your thing, it’s not your thing!!! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm (4 years ago)

      I just saw your little darlings dressed up on FB. I love the littlest one. He is just a darling. Yes, I know it’s just a matter of time. Little Smiley has been far from smiley today, so I’m hoping we get left alone this afternoon!

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  13. Tegan
    October 31, 2013 at 8:05 pm (4 years ago)

    I don’t see the harm in it. We didn’t participate but have loved seeing all the pics on Facebook of friends kids dressed up for Halloween. A friend decorates her house as a haunted house and it looks awesome!

    Thanks for linking up with us at The Lounge

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 31, 2013 at 8:45 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks for having me, Tegan. We went to the shops this afternoon and were surprised to see so many kids dressed up. My three year old kept saying, why is it witch day mummy?

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  14. Dianne
    October 31, 2013 at 8:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Children love to dress up, they love treats, they love scary, spooky fantasy! I don’t have a problem with Halloween. My granddaughters, Miss 5 and Miss 7 had a shared Halloween birthday party last Saturday. Their friends came all dressed up as witches, fairies and goblins and had a lot of fun! It was good old fashioned party fun around a Halloween theme. The game they loved the best was Spider Gully. My help was enlisted to set it up. My daughter had prepared the wool wound around a paddle pop stick for every child. In a section of the garden I (with the help of the 4 grandchildren) criss-crossed the wool from tree to tree until we had a maze for the children to unravel. A large papier mache spider completed the web scene. They took an orange coloured stick and had to trace and wind it until it reached the end – a red paddle pop stick. They had such fun! When they got to the end, there was a number on the paddle pop stick and this matched a prize! No competition, everyone got a prize. Pass the parcel, a Jack-O-Lantern piΓ±ata, sack races – all just good fun! As for house to house trick or treating, as long as parents supervise, and children are safe, it’s all a bit of fantasy fun!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 31, 2013 at 9:49 pm (4 years ago)

      Di! You sure know how to throw a good party! That sounds absolutely amazing. I would love to see pics of spider gully. That’s one party the kids will be talking about for the rest of their lives. What a creative family you are πŸ™‚

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  15. Lara @ This Charming Mum
    October 31, 2013 at 8:47 pm (4 years ago)

    It has a sort of momentum that’s almost inescapable as the kids get older – even ABC for Kids (my go-to option for advertising-free TV) was Halloween themed ALL DAY. At my kids’ school that got a chat about All Souls/All Saints days and some background on the ‘real Halloween’. We talked about it as if it was a bit like Christmas (only different…) as in there’s an ancient meaning and a modern commercial one. But they still wanted lollies πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 31, 2013 at 9:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. It’s good they gave some background to it. I was wondering if schools would do that. My three year old was watching ABC for kids today and actually hopped up and turned one of the shows off because she found it too scary. Poor love.

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  16. Katie (@mumabytes)
    November 1, 2013 at 8:14 am (4 years ago)

    I think we need to just look at it as some fun for the kiddies. I’m pretty sure that most people out trick or treating and having a ball with their kids aren’t doing it for satanic reasons. I don’t think we should take things too seriously – just enjoy it. If you don’t want to participate – which I totally understand there are good reasons for – just hang a note on your door. My daughter went for the the first time last night and we all had a ball πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 1, 2013 at 11:15 am (4 years ago)

      That’s great, Katie. I’m glad you had fun. Yes, I’m certain people aren’t doing it for satanic reasons either lol πŸ™‚

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  17. Julie
    November 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm (4 years ago)

    I found it interesting that we had several groups of trick-or-treaters around our street and none of them knocked on our door. (I did have some treats ready, just in case). I figure that most kids only go to the houses they know (e.g. other kids from school, family friends), and since our kids aren’t at school yet, and we don’t know many people in the area, maybe they gave our place a miss. I’ll have to be prepared next year though, as Miss 5 will be at school and we will be more “well-known”.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s good they seemed to be going to houses they knew. We did have one come around, but bub was in the bath so I couldn’t get downstairs.

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  18. Jo @ BabbleOn City blog
    November 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m so with you on this Renee. Yesterday I realised I’m all ‘bah humbug’ about it. It will change as my daughter grows up, although we live in an older suburb, so there aren’t many kids around.
    We hid out last night too. Didn’t get one knock thankfully because I had nothing to give them. I doubt I would have resorted to cheese if they had though. That’s hilarious! … Jx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. After yesterday, I don’t know how long I’ll be able to hideout. My three year old was very curious about ‘witch day’ as she watched all the kids in costume walk past our house πŸ™‚

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  19. Rachel
    November 2, 2013 at 9:24 pm (4 years ago)

    We got a note with balloons in our letterbox for the first time last year. It took some Americans moving in to get the ball rolling. I thought we’d be lucky to get 5 or 6 houses joining in – but almost the whole street got involved and it was really awesome! The boys had such a wonderful time and we scrupulously left alone any houses without balloons. I think when your girls are older it may be more appealing – the witching hour is way too tough at their current age so I understand why interruptions were not appreciated!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 3, 2013 at 6:08 am (4 years ago)

      Yes, I think so too, Rachael. I’m glad your boys are enjoying it and the whole street gets involved.

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  20. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    November 3, 2013 at 10:57 pm (4 years ago)

    We didn’t go out this year either Renee, although I did have a pumpkin bucket full of lollies ready. We only got a little group of 3, so I encouraged them to grab a big handful each…..all the less for me to eat!
    Last year we took Bell trick or treating with some friends, but we actually supplied the lollies to the houses in the cul-de-sac, so we knew what they were getting. Paranoid I know, but it just freaks me out a bit.
    Cheese is hilarious!!! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 4, 2013 at 6:05 am (4 years ago)

      That’s a great idea, Lisa. I’ll keep that in mind for when the girls are older πŸ™‚ xx

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  21. Zanni Louise
    November 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm (4 years ago)

    I don’t mind it…my daughter was completely intrigued to see groups of teenagers dressed as ‘baddies’ walking around the streets. “The baddies are here!” she yelled. I guess I just enjoy a bit of novelty. Although they did eat all our Lindt chocolate, as we weren’t very prepared. That was a downer. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s cute. My little Miss kept asking why it was witch day. The next day she asked if it was going to be a witch day again lol. x

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