Trick-or-treating turns out to be a great way to make older neighbours smile
Today was all about the kids dressing up to look as scary as possible. I had a little vampire and a purple-faced witch (still not sure why purple – I think she just doesn’t like green). We spent a lot of time on the sofa reading scary stories – Meg and Mog, Room on the Broom, Oliver Moon, and watching Harry Potter. Finally it got dark and we went out trick-or-treating.
Never having done trick-or-treating before, I wasn’t really sure about knocking on people’s doors begging for sweets. However we soon worked out that if someone had left a pumpkin out it was a sign that it was ok to knock. The experience turned out to be unexpectedly positive as we met a couple of older neighbours who were clearly delighted to see the children and have someone to talk to for a few minutes.
Smugglers lived in these woods it is told,
long ago in times of old,
Their treasure is hidden for you to discover,
just follow these clues and help one another…
After a slow start to the morning the kids invented a mad game to find the maximum number of bricks you can balance on a Duplo vehicle base, while I prepared a map and scribbled some awful rhyming clues for a treasure hunt in the local copse.
We met up with friends and had fun following the clues through the woods. I slipped away unnoticed half way through to hide the treasure in a silver bag under a log. After a route that took us all around the copse, past “giants’ building blocks” (WW2 anti-tank defences), a fallen tree, wildlife pond and through a coppice “maze”, we reached the treasure. The kids’ faces were a picture when they found it; I’d drawn features on clementines to make them look like jack o’lanterns.
In the afternoon we carved pumpkins, organised costumes for tomorrow’s trick or treating and watched Scooby Doo (H from behind the sofa).