Here it comes Halloween

Wednesday evening:the girls are on their way to bed.The dogs are barking like crazy at the kitchen window as my neighbour just passed with her dog.I have eventually locked myself in the study in the hope to write.The traveling husband just rang:he landed alive and safe.He is in Rome.He did touch ground at home for a day and then left again.A glass of californian rose’ and Michael Kiwanuka to keep me company:”Cold Little Heart”,is playing.I became obsessed with this song after i saw the tv series “big little lies”.The book is still one of my favourite from Liane Moriarty but,the tv series was a such disappointment when I saw the first episode.None of the characters were like I had imagined them.Madeline,my Madeline,my favorite character of all,didn’t get any credit.The woman I day dreamt to be for all the time I was reading the book was not the one pictured on the screen.She was a dull character not the one I felt in my head.With the second episode things started to go a bit better and with third one they were good:The characters acquired their thickness and their intensity.By the end I truly enjoyed the show and I hated the last episode.I hated it simply because it put an end to my imaginary life in a parallel dimension.

Back to reality this coming week end is going to be a long busy week end:school halloween disco on Friday evening,house party on Sunday,Trick or Treat on Tuesday.

First year we went to the school disco it was held in a room in one of the sport clubs in the village.There were chairs spread in circle all around the room so that the parents,obviously in the dark,could sit and watch their kids in the middle dancing .The music was played by a magician occasionally dj too,I will leave any comment.I sat and kept to myself.We were in the school only for one year at the time and I didn’t know many people.Sitting beside me there was the father of two girls destined to become my daughters best friends.He looked at me and said:”this is exactly my idea of living hell”.It has been love at first sight.I wanted to get up and hug him.A normal person he was!A human parent who honestly said he was actually not enjoying that torture.I felt relieved I was not the only one feeling like i was there because i had to.All around us there was,instead,enthusiastic moms fibrillating at the music pace and feeling blessed for the ecstatic experience their kids were living.Well,in fairness, it was fun for the kids.Super fun until someone ‘s glow in the dark band broke and he swallowed the luminous liquid. His lips were luminous yellow,he looked hilarious and even the most responsible parents couldn’t help but laughing.The poor little guy was terrified at the idea of being poisoned and started to cry. The mother,who cleverly thought she could just drop the kids and go, was nowhere to be found.In the end he has been easily distracted with a bag of treats:weather they are dogs or kids,treats always work.

Second year of halloween disco was a success, for me and the travelling husband indeed.Taking advantage of a friend who was staying, we drop the girls at the disco and went for a pint in the pub just beside.One of those very small old fashion pub.Only few stools around the bar counter and few tables with old leather armchairs.Actually,we met many parents from the school in there so, obviously, we were not the only one relying on someone else to look after the kids.I bet we were not the only ones to think it was the most successful school halloween disco either.Unfortunately it seems that it was not that successful at all:the dj was crap ,the room a bit too dark and too small.We couldn’t know.To us was still a fun night.

For this year halloween disco I responsibly offered to help.The travelling husband won’t be back until friday late night anyway.No pub in any case.
A is going to be a zombie like last year.Easy peasy:we recycle the outfit and I only have to rewind my brain and redo the same make up I did last year that,modesty a part,was quite good.CG ,that is currently in her unicorn phase,initially wanted to be a dead unicorn.I discouraged the idea terrified of how I was going to make the corn and make it stick in her forehead.Also,unicorns are fairy world creature,you don’t transform them in zombies.It would be like to shoot mama fairy on one of her feet.Thinking back the idea of the dead unicorn was not too bad.The idea she came up after,in fact, was even worst and she stack with it.She is going to be a dead seventies dancing queen.When she told me I had an immediate impulse to hug her and congratulate her for the fantasy and the originality.Once the instant of maternal proudness past, I was left with a total empty brain about how to make the costume. Will i dress her like a dead ABBA?Where do I find a seventies kid outfit?The father said that this ideas come up because i make them listen seventies music all the time.He also says that I am a rarity who still listen at Janis Joplin , Jimi Hendrix etc etc. I say he is just music wise ignorant.No harm on singing together Mrs Robinson on our way to school in the morning! Anyway, one thing about the costume was certain since the beginning:she must have big curly hair.No room for negotiation on this. In the coloring book she has, dico girls have big curly hair.We got the wig and we got a kind of seventies dress and high knee socks with stripes on the upper part.We have big round earrings and zombie makeup….that will have to do and,what better place then a halloween disco to test the look?
I love halloween.I grew up in a country where it was not celebrated.When we moved to Ireland was my chance to do everything I only saw in the movies until then.Even if we had no kids at the time the house was decorated and treats ready for the neighbourhood kids coming around.When the girls came along it was my chance to go trick or treat too.I still do it with them and,as my eldest one is turning 11,I am starting to wonder what is gona be for me when they will be too old to go trick or treat with their mother?A real tragedy….will i have to wait for grandchildren to go trick or treat again?

I heard over the years many critics against the Halloween celebrations considered macabre and at times disrespectful.To those I replay that where I grew up Halloween is not celebrated.The first of november is celebrated it is the day when the long lost relatives gather together to go to cemetery to pay respect to their loved ones.Flowers prices are increased of 30/40%.People who normally don’t give a tough to their late relatives cry over they graves.Family members that are not seen for the whole year are met,gritted and,of course,spoken bad behind their back once they have left.Is this less macabre or less disrespectful?I don’t think so.

Life is cycle and dead is a part of it.Acceptance is the key to ease the pain of a loss.

39 thoughts on “Here it comes Halloween”

  1. We never did anything for Halloween at either of my schools when growing up, it is something of a trend that has happened since I left education. I do however recall hosting a few Halloween parties around age 12 and 13.

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    1. We started to host Halloween parties since we moved in the new house .adult and kids all in fancy dress(compulsory)I think it will be a good memory for my girls in the meanwhile I am enjoying my Halloween parties a lot….obviously kids are in a different room from adults😂👻

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    1. I love look it up😍actually it seems that Ireland and Scotland are celebrating Halloween before most of the countries included the states.my daughter did a project about……I learnt a lot😉happy thursday❤️

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  2. halloween is the night of the encounter between the living and the dead: it is a very ancient European holiday, the sacred night of the Druids and the Celts. I love and respect the rituals of this night. ciaooo

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    1. Thank you very much,your good words always means a lot❤️.dress up of course:modestly for tonight but Sunday for the party and Tuesday for trick or treat I’ll hav my full outfit😀👻happy Friday my friend .

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  3. Oh i did a mistake, i sent the comment before writing it completely, my finger has slipped accidentally to reply click😉.Anyway, i am gona continue writing it now, i saw halloween in a movies too, i never live the moment to see it on reality. But i was working in a company which it sells these products for every occasion with high selling prices, the company has a lot of western customers thats why they sell it. You know, i was enjoying looking at it at that time. It was horribly amazing 😂, liked the costumes and other types of make up to make you ready for halloween. However, i really enjoyed this long pieces of your writing, and i agreed that acceptance is way to relieve our soul from pain. As we have to believe that we all will pass the same situation. Great work, ortensia! Have a wonderful day👍

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    1. Thank you dear.As usual encouraging.
      Yes Halloween as every festivity became consumistic too and I witnessed people spend like 50 euros for their kids costume .To me that is madness.i usually set a budget that is less then half of that for my kids beside getting their costume from scratch is part of the fun.if only I would be more skillful with my sewing machine would be even better🤓happy Friday my friend❤️

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      1. Go for sewing machine training, i think it is much better. 😁 i know all merchants exploit their customers before the occasion happens. 50 euros are nothing compared to whom spent 1000 dollars for their kids preparing them for halloween, i reall saw customers huge money on it while i was working in Dubai. 😂

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      2. I believe in give my my kids the value of money.i have been raised d like that and they will be.the fact that there money available in the house doesn’t mean you have to throw them or spend them senseless for your kids.they are kids that should say everything itself😉😀

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      3. You still have antennas work very well, you always smart, you look beyond the incident by taking a keen consideration for taking of their future. You are a keen smart person. I congratulate your kids , because they have a great mother ever😊👍

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    1. P.s
      This week here is midterm.no school and no activities that for me means no taxy duty😉so I’m going to try some of ur recipes….unless I will be possessed you a lazy cow mood….hopefully no😀😋

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