My 3 year old daughter and I were invited to a Halloween party at her friend’s house this year. The only problem is that up until now she has never really been interested in dressing up and so I was worried as to whether or not she would enjoy the day.
In the week leading up to Halloween, I gradually got her more and more enthusiastic with the idea of wearing a fancy dress outfit, so that by Thursday she had decided on a pumpkin costume that she had seen in an advert in one of the papers.
On the morning of the party, we spent some time carving a pumpkin together, before getting her dressed up to match. We then went outside to take some pictures in the garden.
It was the perfect autumnal day and we had some great fun taking photos, while my little girl was busy posing in her pumpkin outfit amongst the falling leaves.
Soon it was time to go to the party with her little friends and their even younger brothers and sister. 4 toddlers and 3 babies all dressed up in Halloween costumes; there were little pumpkin princesses, baby witches, novelty pumpkins and a monster, who’d had his face and nails painted.
The party began indoors with the colouring in of Halloween pictures. This was followed by “Hunt the Spooky Lollies” in the garden. Then there was a fun game that involved running, hopping and jumping, before going inside once more to make some ghoulish badges.
It was then time for the kids to have their special Halloween dinner, which consisted of sandwiches, pizza and spooky shaped crisps. Their afters were some cupcakes, which had a spider web design on them.
Finally, as late afternoon approached, it was time for their first taste of Trick-or-Treating. We literally just went round to a few of my friend’s neighbours, but everyone was so excited. The girls, boys and babies played their role of being cute perfectly and their bags were soon filled with Gummi bears, Jelli babies, Kinder chocolate and Jaffa Cakes.
However, the highlight of the day had to be when one of my daughter’s friends entered the first house we visited, took her shoes off, went into the living-room and sat on the couch.
Now, that is Trick-or-Treating toddler style!