Seasonal walks amongst colourful, leafy forests have given me time to think these past few weeks.
I’ve been thinking about how this year has been so unusual for the kids – and now Halloween is going to be different for them too. Once my brain hits Halloween, it stops for a minute to remember my own childhood Halloween celebrations – Turnips hollowed out into a Jack O’Lantern by Dad, bobbing for apples; dressing up in old clothes (no bought costumes for us, back in the day); cardboard masks that got soft and damp if you wore them for too long – anyone remember those? And getting sweets, apples and the odd sixpence from our neighbours.. Good times.. and the good times will return, we just don’t know when.
Meanwhile, the children will enjoy their strange Halloween. I think that because the children have all had a strange Summer, strange birthdays and a strange Halloween, they’ll actually be happy enough, because everyone else has had exactly the same Summer, birthday and Halloween.
There are lots of Pumpkin-inspired cakes and pies, and plenty of cosy dinner recipes over on www.eatingforireland.com to warm us up when we’ve been out in the chilly air so head over and have a wee look..
Once I’ve given some thought to Halloween, I move rapidly on, and you all know where I’m going next, don’t you? Yes, I’m going to talk about that Big Eating, Drinking, and Present-Giving Festival at the end of the year – and for possibly the first time in my life I know what I want for Christmas..
So let’s face it, Halloween is only slightly scary compared to that, so I’m going to leave it until next time to tell you all about it – bet you can’t wait!
I’ll say no more.. I’ll just leave this picture for you to think about..
Ok, that’s three pictures, but hey, it’s Christmas!!