Masthead header

Category Archives: Halloween

FREE – Halloween no lollies printable

Last year was the very first year we participated in Halloween, the kids dressed up and they had a great time.  We had friends that threw a Halloween party and afterwards as a group the kids all went door knocking, parents tagging along too.  They had fun! Halloween is not something that I have celebrated […]

Continue Reading...

  • We live in a quiet street, and when we first moved here about 12 years ago – no 13 now! – we would get a few kids come to the door each year, but now they are all grown up and we rarely get any.

    We do celebrate Halloween – it was something I did as a child, and my husband is American, so when my son first asked if they could go trick or treating (which I guess he heard about at school) we readily agreed. We usually only go to about 8 houses, just the people we know in our street, who are open to it. It still usually takes about an hour though, as we stop and chat at each house!

    This year I thought it would be nice to take something to give, rather than just receive, but we’ve settled on delivering invitations to a street BBQ as we go.

    I love your spider web by the way, I think we will have to give that a go!ReplyCancel

{Inspiration} Halloween

We don’t celebrate Halloween, I suppose it’s been our upbringing as we never celebrated it as children.  I was taught it was more an American tradition and not something we do here in Australia (which to an extent is true).  However slowly over the years more children are knocking on our door all dressed up […]

Continue Reading...

  • We don’t celebrate it in our house either. But we do get the occasionally trick or treater coming around. I love the Ghost Poop! That gave me a good giggle! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    We don’t celebrate it in my household, and we don’t encourage children to go around and knock on strangers doors. We put up a sign saying something like “no trick or treaters” or “no halloween”, so then as they walk up to the front door, they see it and don’t bother knocking. Gives us a bit of peace on that night too.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    My children don’t go trick or treating but I do make sure I have lollies in the house in case we get a few kids come. We usually watch a “spooky” kids movie (Monsters Inc., Monster House or something similar). This year my husband bought a Haunted House Gingerbread House kit @ Coles ($12) and we will decorate it with the kids and devour it as we watch our movie :)ReplyCancel

  • We sure do in Melbourne lol :-) Well miss C love Halloween and yet again we are hosting a party *sigh* for her friends to go trick or treating round the hoodReplyCancel

  • Leesh

    I went trick or treating when i was a kid and my kids go now too. We only go to people we know (neighbours and close by relatives who want to see them all dressed up) we prewarn the neighbours and they appreciate it so they arnt caught out without treats. Sometimes I even secretly buy the treats for them to give out so they arnt out of pocket. We would never eat or give out unsealed treats either. Its so much fun seeing the kids enjoying the whole experience of making costumes and carving pumpkins… it only happens once a year…. also its much bigger in Europe (where originated from) than America. I dont really mind where it came from as its something that everyone can enjoy and participate in =)ReplyCancel

  • either do we, my boys think this year will be different as Mark and I will be on our honeymoon, wont they get a surprise I already told their nan they are no allowed to as it is AmericanReplyCancel

  • My boys would like to get into it – but I think in eight years, we’ve had kids knock on the door once (twice at the most). I don’t really encourage it, just because it’s yet another *thing* that puts pressure on a working mother! One of the nearby small towns has a Halloween festival on the weekend beforehand, so seeing as it’s night shift weekend (tr: the weekend where I MUST get the boys out of the house for a few hours on Saturday morning) trekking up the highway may actually be a viable option!

    PS: It’s actually a Scottish thing!ReplyCancel

  • We don’t celebrate Halloween either, but there are so many cute things around this time of year to make and do that I almost wish we did lol. Thanks for featuring my chocolate spider treats!ReplyCancel

  • Rach

    I don’t see the point in Halloween – I don’t see it as a positive tradition, just a waste of time that I won’t have my children involved in. There are so many demonic things about it. What kind of values are we teaching children?!ReplyCancel

    • Tiana

      Is it not positive to laugh at yourself at how you look in costume? Is it not positive to laugh at the others around you because how they may be dressed? Is it not positive to get together with family and friends and have a good time? If you look at it as a negative thing, of course it will be that way. ReplyCancel

  • Libby

    We’ve been having an annual Halloween Party for the last 6 years for all our family friends. The kids LOVE seeing their parents dressed up and it’s a good excuse for a party. PLUS I love the decorating (we don’t do scary – just cute). I actually grew up going to Halloween Parties as a child run by the Scottish associations. American hijacked a British tradition and turned it commercial. But I don’t mind. I love it anyway. My kids go trick or treating in the few streets around our home. The food is fine to eat. Apparently there has only been one case of poisoned Halloween candy and that was buy a family trying to kill of their own kids (other kids were just a way to shift guilt away from them).ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely agree with Rach, my husband and I wont have our children involved in it. I was very cross last year when my daughters pre-school spent a week doing Halloween craft, and yet at the end of year “Chistmas concert” they all sang play school songs instead of christmas carols in case they offended anyone in our “multicultural society!” If children come to my door, I simply say, “sorry darling, we dont do halloween.” We are Australians we really do not need to celebrate this ridiculous commercial AMERICAN tradition! ReplyCancel

    • Spunky

      The Hallowean is not actually and American tradition. It is portrayed often in American shows but it was brought over by immigrants.

      Hallowean is also known as Hallows Eve, which is the eve of the day to celebrate the saints, as a christian tradition. My husband says stuff like it being an American tradition and so rather than just go with th assumption, I checked the facts as my kids were really eager, and I wanted to make sure of what I was either refusing or allowingReplyCancel

      • When I said American tradition, I was refering to the commercial side. I am aware of its history as a christian tradition and before that its pagan one, that today wiccans and pagans still celebrate as Samhain. Although here in the southern hemisphere oct 31st is Beltane a festival of life, joy and fertility, and Samhain is may 1st honouring the dead and a time when the veil between us and the spirit world is thinner allowing easier communication with souls of lost loved ones. They are seasonal celebrations. I do not see how spending money on tacky “spooky” decorations and junkfood helps to celebrate either the christian saints or Mother earth and the changing seasons. In a time when Christmas decorations etc are out in September and easter eggs and hotcross buns are on the shelves 1st week of Feb , I am just really tired of commercialism and dont believe anymore of it needs to be imposed apon my children.

    • Kirsty

      Carli I respect your opinion and I understand your annoyance at the hypocrisy of the Christmas Concert/Halloween thing. I have to point out though Halloween is not an American tradition they have just taken it to the extreme and built it into a big deal. See here for some Halloween history and facts.

  • I used to feel the same way about halloween but I have now caved in to it. We are lucky enough to live in an estate where there are heaps of kids. One of our neighbours introduced the balloon alert. Each year She puts orange baloons in everyones letter boxes in the estate and if you put your balloon up on your letter box on halloween that means you are child friendly and open to trick or treaters. No balloon – no knocking.

    I love these great treat ideas. thank you xxReplyCancel

  • Alyce

    We don’t celebrate Halloween either, but that doesn’t mean I don’t admire the craft and food ideas out there – that Ghost Poop had me giggling!ReplyCancel

  • The lollipop spiders are cute!ReplyCancel

  • Lee-annem

    We don’t celebrate Halloween. The teenagers in our estate think it’s an excuse to grab a plastic shopping bag and their skateboards and bash on everyone’s door and demand lollies. It’s a night when we usually try and be somewhere else for the night.ReplyCancel

  • Dana Nelson

    I live in Canada and we do celebrate Halloween here but I personally prefer the “fun” element rather than the “spooky” element. Costumes can be fun without being gruesome. That’s definitely an upbringing thing, too… I’m not too worried about candy as the kids only go around the immediate neighborhood (accompanied by an adult). All candy is inspected before eating.ReplyCancel

  • [...] Halloween The Organised Housewife [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] Halloween The Organised Housewife [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] Halloween The Organised Housewife [...]ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so very much for joining in with my weekly Pinning and Singing Pinterest Party. I am so thrilled that you joined in and shared these great Halloween pins.

    We do celebrate Halloween at our place but it is all safe and only with kids from our neighborhood. I actually left a comment over at Tina’s blog about Halloween and the history of the festival. My mum is English and she said that they also celebrated Halloween when she was younger but they focussed more on Guy Fawkes night. I guess these days we can celebrate whatever we want however we want but I do agree about enforcing rules when it comes to stranger danger and lolly consumption!

    This week’s Linky party is on now so please come visit and check out my favourite Halloween pins for the week!

    Best wishes and happy pinning,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I see it as a bit of harmless fun, that said my boys only ever knock on 4 doors – our immediate side neighbours, the BIL across the road & one other close neighbour we have known for over 5yrs. I prewarn the neighbours & actually buy the treats so I know what they are being given & can monitor the amount they are given.

    I use the whole thing as perfect opportunity to talk about stranger danger – & why we only knock on the doors we do. The kids even know it is me that buys the treats.ReplyCancel

  • Belle

    We do not celebrate Halloween, firstly becasue I was never bought up with it & secondly I would rather not support the likes of Woolies, Red Dot etc… with all the “Made in China” plastic wastefill after one use garbage… I feel that we have enough of this type of stuff shoved at us for Christmas, Easter and all the rest, do we really need another one?
    I have explained the origins of Halloween to my kids and we discussed how it is commercialised in other parts of the world i.e. America & Canada. We have also discussed how they would feel if I let them wander the streets knocking on strangers doors asking for lollies and then if they were lucky enough to get some lollies, would they feel comfortable eating something that you dont know where its been – especially if its unwrapped… after that discussion my kids are rather happy to sit & watch a video on Halloween… I might be party pooper in some peoples eyes, so be itReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Halloween has a Celtic background. The druids would put out treats for the spirits in the hope of a good harvest the following year. October 31st is the last day of the celtic calendar when the spirits were around. Nothing evil or sinister there! It has given my family lots of fun with minimal cost. Dont knock it until you try it! It just might be fun :) fantastic inspiration ideas too- thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Fina

    Being born on Halloween has made me HAVE to get into the spirit of it I mean I love making a big deal out of any occasions American or not I wish thanksgiving was a worldwide celebration though. I go to church & after such a successful outcome last year they have decided to do a trunk or treat again this year so I’m just ecstatic, & it’s really good cause all the kids go from car to car & it’s with people you know so it’s a completely safe environmentReplyCancel