The Gallery: Frightful

There’s nothing frightful or frightening about this photo of my kids dressed up for Halloween a few years ago. I’m sure they all thought they looked really big and scary, but really they just look cute.

The kids were 7, 5 and 2 here

We like Halloween in our family. We see it as harmless fun. There’s always a good atmosphere in our village when we go trick or treating. The mums and kids are all out, bumping into each other for a chat, while the dads stay at home and dish out sweets to the kids’ friends who call round.

The key thing is we all go. I take the kids and we only go to people we know so no-one gets upset. Some friends work on the ‘only go to houses with a pumpkin’ principle, which is fine too.

And who would get upset at the sight of some cute kids dressed up in costumes which aren’t even slightly scary? Not my elderly neighbours, that’s for sure. One couple in our road love us to go round. We have the longest conversation we have with them all year and they marvel at how the kids have grown. They bag up a selection of kids especially for my kids and put their names on them.

I dress up myself too. I bought myself a witch dress a couple of years ago because I figured I might as well make the most of enjoying myself with the kids while they still want me too, before I become embarassing.

I get tired of hearing the old ‘it’s getting like America’ thing. Didn’t you trick or treat when you were kids? We did. Me and my brother wearing masks and going to three or four people we knew. Really no different from what my kids do now.

The only difference I can see is that when Halloween was less acceptable, less normal, that’s when it was truly scary, when old people did fear crime and crime really did happen. People saw it as an excuse to behave badly.

Now Halloween isn’t frightful at all. It’s not ‘trick or treat’, it’s pop round for a chat, show the neighbours our cute costumes and get a few sweets.

What’s so bad about that?

Aged 5 and 3. We didn’t have shop-bought costumes in those days.
This post was written in response to a prompt from Sticky Fingers. Click on the link above to find out how others have interpreted the Frightful theme.


Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. They look so cute in their outfits (and very scary too of ourcourse!!). Hope you have lots of fun tonight 🙂

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  2. I think the problem was that Trick or Treat got corrupted when it crossed the Atlantic and it became like an extortion racket, youths demanding ‘treats’ and if they were refused doing dreadful things like kicking cats to death.

    Hallowe’en has really benefited from becoming more commercialised, it is now more like the family event that it is in the States. I keep sweets handy in case any Trick or Treaters come calling and see the event now as harmless fun, not an exercise in Devil worshipping as some religious zealots claim.

    But, to answer your question, no I never went trick or treating as a child, I never asked to and I doubt I would have been allowed to anyway. But maybe, as I grew up in a shop that sold sweets, I didn’t need to!

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  3. I hate the commercialisation… all the sweets and tat that greets you in the supermarket isles. I have nothing against Halloween just the corporate hijacking of it.


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  4. Nope, I never did trick or treating when I was little. Can’t see the point of it now as an adult – why would I want to take my kids round knocking on stranger’s doors and expecting sweets?
    Does my head in when the door’s constantly knocked on every two seconds as well.
    As for celebrating all things dead and manky? Mmm, lovely. (Not.)
    Although everyone’s different. Roll on Christmas! 😀

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  5. I was never allowed to go as a child but I go every year with my two and enjoy doing so. Gorgeous little peeps, love the costumes 🙂

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  6. Love the old picture versus the new. To be honest I didn’t trick or treat when I was younger (I just don’t think it happened by us). It’s been some years since anyone has come to our door as I think most people go to see friends or only go to houses with pumpkins.

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  7. If that’s all it is in your area that you’re very lucky and have fun tonight! Sadly, I know people who have been terrified by teenagers recently, abusing the evening – my mum being one of them. It’s a shame that a few people can ruin other people’s ‘fun’. Enjoy x

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  8. Cute photos!! We didn’t do trick or treating and I have never been that bothered by it all tbh but the kids have gone this year with their dad as they wore us down! Hope you have a happy Halloween x

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  9. Your neighbourhood sound like ours. No one is terrified here! If you don’t want to be visited by little ghouls and witches, then just don’t decorate your door.
    Everyone has fun and no one is too bothered. If people have decorated their houses, then they are asking to be visited, it’s not begging!
    We didn’t have trick or treating at home but I love taking my kids out.

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  10. Jacq, thanks very much for your comment. I’m so glad someone else’s neighbourhood is like ours!Glad you don’t see it as begging either, it’s just a bit of fun.

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  11. I’m with Wendy! (And Molly!) Let’s celebrate the good stuff, not the dead and manky.

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