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Trick or Treat (or Dog)

pumpkin-988231_1920 The Toddler went trick or treating* this Halloween with her friend, Bat Girl (not her real name). She had a great time. Until people started setting off fireworks, anyway. The Toddler is apparently fine with witches, zombies and skeletons, but she holds no truck with the sky going bang.

The Toddler was on top form interacting with the public. She managed the odd ‘trick or treat’, nailed ‘Happy Halloween’, and was mostly on top of ‘thank you’. She also managed to get a few other sparkling conversation pieces in there.

1. That’s a dog
The Toddler was off to a roaring start at the first house. A dog could be heard (it should be noted that The Toddler did not at any time see a dog). The door opened. The Toddler did not say ‘trick or treat’. She did not even go with the customary and acceptable greeting that is ‘hello’. She announced, ‘That’s a dog!’ Having stated her case, she waited expectantly for someone to give her a treat.

2. You’re a beauty
A few houses later, and a very complimentary The Toddler informed the bemused lady handing out sweets: ‘You’re a beauty!’

3. Can I go in this one?
The Toddler appreciates an impressive effort. One house had set up a full gothic dining table with skeleton guests in their front window, and moving ghosts in their entrance way. The Toddler pressed her nose to the window: ‘Can I go in this one?’ Whilst she waited excitedly for the door to open, The Toddler repeated her request to go in, explaining: ‘This is a perfect one!’ Subsequently, the confused residents attempted to give her sweets, while she made valiant attempts to move into their house.

4. I’ve got cake
One house gave the children cupcakes. This was a popular move. At the next house, the nice lady offered The Toddler and her friend sweets. She may have been expecting a ‘trick or treat’, a ‘Happy Halloween’, maybe a ‘thank you’. No. She got The Toddler and Bat Girl waving cupcakes at her, while The Toddler shouted, ‘I’ve got cake!’

5. I don’t like it
The Toddler’s Halloween fun took a turn when people in the neighbourhood started setting off fireworks. The Toddler liked fireworks two days previously, when she demanded to stand at the front door watching the ones being set off across the road. The Toddler no longer likes fireworks. She made this fact known. She informed Silly Mummy: ‘I don’t like it. Can I go home? I didn’t like fireworks.’ Then she apprised Bat Girl of the situation: ‘I don’t like it. Yuck. I don’t like it, Bat Girl.’ Thereafter, The Toddler started announcing it to whoever answered the doors she knocked on. Confused residents opened their doors to find a toddler witch informing them that she didn’t like it, with no further elaboration as to what exactly she didn’t like. Upon Silly Mummy explaining that The Toddler was talking about the fireworks, one kind boy of about 10 or 11 agreed that they were annoying and asked her if she would like him to make them stop.

6. Awkward
Finally, special mention should go to The Toddler and Bat Girl’s services to awkward situations. At the start of their trick or treat careers, The Toddler and Bat Girl liked to knock on a door, give their greetings (‘that’s a dog’), take their treat, say thank you…and then remain in the doorway, just staring. Until things became awkward, and they were dragged away, still staring.

 

(*Obviously. Because trick or treating was not going to be done due to concerns that (a) it harasses people, and (b) the treats are probably mostly not suitable for a toddler anyway. But The Toddler wanted to do what other children were doing, and her friend was going, so she went and…it was fun. Now that people seem to follow the practice of decorating their houses and putting up trick or treat signs if they want to participate, it seems much easier to avoid concerns about annoying or intimidating people. It feels more like a community activity just for people who want to take part these days. As for the treats? Well, The Toddler enjoyed the experience and her costume. The Silly Parents know people who will enjoy the unsuitable sweets (unconfirmed reports suggest these ‘people’ may be the Silly Parents).)

It’s Too Scary!

As it’s Halloween, I have decided to share a few of the things The Toddler has declared to be ‘too scary’ since she learnt the phrase ‘too scary’.

1. Trolls
Particularly the troll in Enchanted. Or the ‘dunk dunk’, as The Toddler used to – and sometimes still does – call him (took some time to work out that came from the noise she thinks it makes). The troll is often declared to be scary. The Toddler likes to chatter about the troll: ‘She saw a troll, didn’t she? I don’t like troll. Bit scary.’ Fair enough. Trolls are not usually nice characters. That said, the troll in Enchanted is a fairly benevolent troll, despite attempts to eat people. The Evil Queen, in my opinion, is much scarier. She does evil magic, appears in clouds of smoke and sinister music*, turns into a dragon, tries to kill people. How does The Toddler feel about the Evil Queen? She loves her. Every time she appears, The Toddler excitedly shouts: ‘The Evil Queen! The Evil Queen is coming! Look, Mummy, it’s the Evil Queen! I like Evil Queen!’

*Though The Toddler seems to have some funny ideas about what constitutes sinister music – see number 4.

 
2. Giant spiders
There are halloween decorations in the shopping mall, hanging from the ceilings. The Toddler loves them. Mostly. She loves the creepy cobweb chandelier. She has to dance under it (to the accompaniment of funny looks from confused passers-by). She loves the ghosts and the giant pumpkin. Following her under chandelier spinning, she announces: ‘Giant pumpkin! Are we going to see giant pumpkin?’ Then come the giant spiders. The Toddler does not like the giant spiders. However, she tends to forget this fact: ‘Look, Mummy, it’s spiders! I’m going to see spiders…No, I don’t like it! Too scary!’

3. Balloons Popping
Just to be clear, this is not balloons actually popping, oh no. No. There is a balloon tied to the railing of the room divider. The Toddler has decided it is like those balls on rope for children to swing on at soft play centres, and that is what she is trying to do. With a balloon. On a string. Tied to a railing. I point out that the balloon is likely to pop, and she won’t like that. I am informed that warnings about the balloon popping are ‘too scary’.

4. A random song from a musical
Silly Daddy has found a songs from musicals and movies radio station. This has, unsurprisingly, been popular. Until one particular song. Now, I don’t know what this song is from. I am not much of a musicals fan, really. The important point is that it isn’t remotely scary. Nothing sinister. It isn’t from Sweeney Todd*. Or even Blood Brothers**. No, this is a totally innocuous, saccharine song from a musical. One that sounds like any innocuous, saccharine musical song. The Toddler whimpers: ‘Too scary! Turn it off! Too scary!’

*’Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd/He served a dark and a vengeful god’
Now, this is an understandably creepy musical song.

**’Now you know the devil’s got your number/You know he’s gonna find you/You know he’s right behind you/He’s staring through your windows/He’s creeping down the hall’
I mean, no one needs to find out through the medium of a musical that the devil is on some kind of register and probably has his relationships monitored by the authorities, right? You can’t trust anyone these days, even the root of all evil. I may have gone off topic.

 
5. Baby Jake
Not the awful animated version, with the picture of the real baby’s head (and *shiver* animated mouth), that is clearly the stuff of nightmares. No. She’s fine with that abomination. She doesn’t like the real Baby Jake at the end. He’s ‘scary’. Perhaps over the course of the programme she becomes convinced that babies are supposed to have a cartoon body, a photograph of a real baby for a head, and what I am fairly sure is the Cheshire Cat’s mouth.

Double, Double Toil and Trouble: A Halloween Review for Zazzle

I love Halloween. This may be a little odd as I am the world’s biggest scaredy cat. Nonetheless, I am a fan of the gothic, the weird and the kooky. I love vampires, witches, magic, Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Being Human, gothic horror stories. I always did. As a child I loved The Worst Witch books, Vlad the Drac and Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat. And I love the dressing up.

Now I have little people to dress up. And I have. Last Halloween, The Toddler was dressed as a little witch. She enjoyed this. She particularly enjoyed the attention she received from random strangers, running around town in her little black and purple dress, sweeping the floor with a purple broomstick. The Toddler did not quite understand the purpose of the broomstick. She has since watched Bedknobs and Broomsticks and now knows exactly what a witch’s broomstick is for: ‘Get my fishing, Mummy!’ Okay, not exactly what it is for, maybe. The Baby was only two months old last Halloween so, obviously, she wasn’t dressed up. Ahem. (*Looks at floor*) Okay, she was The Toddler Witch’s black cat. It wasn’t that cruel – it was just a sleepsuit with a cat’s body on it, and cat head and ears on the hood. She didn’t even notice. I didn’t make her ride on the end of the broomstick, or anything. No, really this time, I didn’t. I didn’t. She was oblivious in the pram. This year it appears that The Toddler would like to be Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. I am a little less enthused about these prospects. I am trying a subtle approach: ‘Isn’t Maleficent pretty?’

I like to watch films for Halloween too, of course. Not actual scary ones, let’s not get silly. The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Shaun of the Dead. I have been wondering how old The Toddler will need to be before we can watch Ghostbusters. I could play her the song. I’m sure she’d love to join in:
‘If there’s something strange in the neighbourhood, who you gonna call?’
‘Grandma! Me call Grandma on the Skype now?’

So, given my love of Halloween, and all things supernatural, when online store Zazzle asked if I would like to review items from their Halloween range I was excited.

I’m new to Zazzle, and I can honestly say I loved it. Firstly, there is a vast range of products. I was obviously looking specifically at the Halloween products, which is in itself a huge choice, but I did take a quick look at the wider ranges too, and confirmed I could have shopped for days.

What I was really excited by, however, was the discovery that you can personalise literally anything. Not only that, you can choose exactly what it says, where it goes, the font, the size. You can even add images. It’s really fun to get involved in the design of your items. A further feature that I loved was the range of choice on clothing items. If you pick a child’s top, for example, you can then choose to change the style and colour as well.

I chose a Halloween incy wincy spider top (seen here) for The Toddler, a Halloween witch top (seen here) for The Baby and a Halloween black cat courier bag (seen here) for myself. I picked long sleeved tops for the girls, ready for Autumn. I then personalised the items to have our blog names on the back. I am really pleased to have some items that commemorate my blog (especially as I will soon have to change the names I use for the girls, now that both are technically toddlers, and will always be fondly attached to the names I started out with). All the items arrived promptly and with no fuss, and I really love them.

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The girls’ tops are so cute. The Toddler is very excited about her top. And The Baby’s top. And my bag. Particularly my bag, in fact. She knows incy wincy spider, and is taken with witches and spells at present, so she likes the designs on the tops. The Baby apparently thought she had ordered a ‘duck’. But this is really The Baby’s response to everything at present, and she does look very cute in her witchy top.

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The bag is brilliant. The Toddler has noted that the cat is ‘like our cat’, which she seems to approve of (that is she approves of the similarity, not our cat, who is frankly a grump). She does not appear to have noted that the bag is not, in fact, hers. I picked the bag because I never have anything that I can put just the basics I need into, rather than my massive handbags. Now that both girls are heavy and walking, I am often walking one and pushing a pushchair, walking one and carrying one, or walking two, and an additional big bag for my keys, phone and purse is not ideal. This bag is perfect. Even better, for short local trips, it is also the perfect size for a couple of nappies, some wipes and snacks to be added to money and phone, and no other bag is needed. I love the little cat design. I am not a pink, flowery person. Halloween or not, all things gothic, creepy or kooky are easily my favourite design choices. Not to mention that it is now my ‘Silly Mummy’ bag.

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I would really recommend having a look at Zazzle if you want any personalised item; and for events, holidays and gifts. They have a bit (well, a lot, actually) of everything: clothing, accessories, mugs, household items, office items, keyrings, notebooks, to name just a few. The site is also good for offering a wide price range to suit different budgets. Plus, I noticed that there’s a Harry Potter range – I’m thinking I may get The Toddler a top to confirm ‘I’m not a Hufflepuff‘.

As for the Halloween range, you can choose from the huge selection of Halloween tops, mugs, party accessories, and much more. As stated, I am a fan of the kooky and I chose designs that suit that. The choice is immense, however, and would have something to suit any taste. There are kooky designs, cute designs, word designs, funny designs, witches, pumpkins, cats, spiders, bats, skeletons, zombies, vampires, monsters – you name it. The choice of fonts is also extensive. I picked ones that suited the Halloween theme and the designs.

I am also going to mention the fantastic range of trick or treat bags (seen here) that you can have personalised for your child. I loved these, and I think they would be great if you are going trick or treating or to Halloween parties with your children. I only didn’t get one of these because I am well aware that The Toddler must not discover that asking people to give her chocolate to fill a bag is a thing. Much as it would be funny to hear her yell what I am fairly sure would be her version of trick or treat: ‘Choccy or you are the naughty wolf!’

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Disclosure: I was sent these items by Zazzle to review. All opinions are my own.