When I was a kid it wasn't a big deal - it was something they did in the States and we saw on movies (ET anyone?) but not something we really got excited about. In my late teens it became an opportunity to dress up and go to some really cool parties! As an adult I learnt more about the pagan origins of Samhain (which has very little to do with the dead and much more to do with the end of the summer season, harvest and preparation for Winter).
Now I have a child of my own who is reaching the age where he is becoming aware of Halloween and, in particular that American custom of Trick or Treating! To be honest I'm not mad keen on the idea of him traipsing around the neighbourhood begging for sweeties but I can see spooky themed Halloween parties looming - complete with scary jelly, bobbing for apples and fake spiderwebs everywhere...
This week's Folksy Friday, then, is a celebration of all things spooky! Don't get too scared now...
1. I love this Skeleton Hands Headband by Janine Basil (check out the Zombie Bunny shoe clips too. So cute!) 2. Cute Halloween cupcake toppers by Amanda Lincoln - perfect for a kids Halloween party! 3. Bat and Circles Garland by Pelemele 4. Light up the night with this Bats tealight holder from Bex by Design 5. Perfect for Halloween crafting! Recycled felt bundle from The Felted Rainbow 6. Screen printed, eco friendly Trick or Treat bags by BYKI Designs would also make cool party bags
Don't forget my very own Halloween designs are available in my Folksy shop right now!
Have the best dressed Halloween party with this fab bunting - polka dots on black and orange interspersed with GLOW IN THE DARK spiderwebs - this really is the coolest bunting! £12.50 for approx 2.5m length and as it's double sided and properly stitched this is bunting for life not just for Halloween (if I was 15 again this would be in my bedroom permanently!).
...and if glow in the dark bunting isn't enough there is ONE glow in the dark kitty left too - I shouldn't really be surprised that these have sold so well. Not only are they very cute with their green embroidered faces, orange pompom collars and pumpkin tummy appliques (nicknamed, rather appropriately 'tumkins' by my friend, children's author Shoo Rayner ) but that fab spiderweb fabric really does glow in the dark! Great for sitting in the window to spook your visitors or just hiding under the duvet with and watching them glow (or is that just me?).
Whatever you do for Halloween, I hope you have a fab time.