Halloween Fun In The Time Of Covid-19

Good evening lovelies,

First of all, I want to thank Mr A for tagging me in this fun Halloween post. Mr A is a great friend of mine who introduced me to everything from Philipino food and culture, men’s style and tips and laughter from Uncle Roger. If you haven’t visited him yet, please visit his blog and subscribe. I promise you’ll be back for more!

I had no other plans for this evening so having something Halloween-themed to do was unexpected, and welcome. I’ve had so much fun bringing you my Halloween countdown and I’ve been trying to plan out November without overwhelming myself and my tendency to go a little downhill over the gloomy winter months. With our delightful Prime Minister throwing England into a lockdown this evening, today has been none too fun for the UK!

Alright folks, let’s get started.

In order to take part in this tag:

  • Thank the blogger who tagged you and link their post
  • Put the rules after an introduction, then answer the 13 questions
  • Tag 13 more bloggers to participate in the game
  • Use these same Halloween questions, or create new ones of your own

Now time for the questions.

What’s your favorite thing about October or Halloween?

For me, it’s probably my two-week holiday in Cornwall. It’s always crazy and it’s always fun. The weather is typically horrendous but you know what? It makes you feel ALIVE! We go away as a kind of extended family, we usually stay in neighbouring chalets (which isn’t quite so fun when.. you know.. ) then go fishing or exploring places during the day and play Cards Against Humanity in the evenings. We never get drunk, do our utmost not to disrupt anyone or damage anything and leave the chalets clean and tidy. Because of the way we leave them, we’ve got a couple of chalets in Cornwall on standby basically anytime we want them, all we have to do is call up. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there’s always another time.

Also, not less important but typically happens soon after we get home, we have Mr Wolfie’s birthday! I always end up cooking food and pouring beer .. he does milk it a little on his birthday!

Here is a gallery of some of my favourite holiday snaps. Yes, that’s my fishing rod and yes, I caught a fish! I didn’t add the photograph as it’s a little bit bloody and I don’t want to upset anyone πŸ™‚

How much do you spend on Halloween?

Apart from this year, honestly I don’t, and this year was only because I wanted to assemble some ideas from day gone by for my readers. Like I said, for me now, October is all about Mr Wolfie’s birthday, and Cornwall!

What do you think the average person spends on Halloween goodies & does it match what you spend?

What’s an average person? There’s no such thing. Around my area, Halloween is something that a majority of people just don’t care for, so no, I wouldn’t say so. We have some delightful individuals who have been setting off fireworks for about a week now, but besides that people just don’t care. A lot of people around me are older, so the lock goes on and that’s that.

Does social media influence how much you decorate for Halloween, causing you to spend more?

Not a dime. I’ve never been a follower and I certainly don’t buy into trends. I think my eco-warrior brain just sees waste now (I actually felt bad about the amount of non-recyclable waste in my bat bites recipe!) and I don’t want in on it. Yes it looks cool, maybe it looks great or even amazingbut eh. I didn’t want it before and I don’t need it now. I can appreciate a trend without getting stuck in on it.

Do you buy or create your Halloween costumes and what was your favorite costume so far?

Growing up, we always created them, and I mean ALWAYS! I think my favourite was a bat. No kidding, my Mum stitched black plastic sheet to the back and sleeves of a black leotard so when I lifted my arms up, I had bat wings! Tragic and funny story? I jumped off of the third stair to prove that I could fly. Oh I could fly alright, just like the ones on my Mum’s car windscreen. I can still remember the pain in my knees and jaw as I slammed face first into the floor and the collective intake of breath.

Share a trick you have played on someone at Halloween.

At Halloween? Ugh, I mean at Halloween, I kind of like to let my inner sadist out. I’ve definitely scared too many Trick Or Treaters with a bloody Scream mask and I’ve jumped out of a (cleaned out) wheelie bin dressed as a mummy a few times, too. A tip on that one, make sure it’s anchored to something at the back, unless you don’t like your front teeth. It didn’t happen to me because my Dad knew what would happen if we didn’t, but I’ve seen the accidents and I’ve seen the injuries.

Do you have a favorite Halloween treat?

Historically, it’s probably the toffee apple, but as a rule of thumb, no, not really. I love me a marsala chai latte in the autumn months, but other than that, I don’t really do Halloween anymore.

What is something you can do with a pumpkin once Halloween is over?

I mean if that’s what you’re into then.. no, seriously, just pop it in food waste or on the compost heap.

Do you consider pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable?

Well they’re gourds, or maybe marrows? Bill will know more on this. I personally have very little to do with them as the flowers are horrendous for my anthophobia, but I think they’re gourds. That said, I can’t remember exactly how it works out and stuff but I believe they, like other “vegetables” like my favourites, the tomato and the pepper, are fruits and not vegetables. It has something to do with having the seeds inside, I think? Like I said, plant stuff is really not my speciality subject. I refer to ol’ Green Fingers at Rope & Roses for that.

PS. You know I totally deserve a prize if I’m right πŸ˜‰

What is the scariest food you’ve ever eaten?

Probably Yarg cheese, which is a beautifully creamy cheese covered in stinging nettles, all the way from the region of Cornwall.

Cooked stinging nettles. Gees, I’m not that much of a masochist! πŸ˜‰

Do you have a favorite Halloween drink?

Tea. White, two sugars – How much more British can you get?

People usually spend money on Halloween, but have you ever made money related to this holiday?

Very minimal. The story goes like this, my Dad was a beekeeper and he used to melt his beeswax and turn it into candles. Anyway, my Dad used to have a ghost mould, so we used to make ghost candles and paint them prior to selling them. We always sold out this time of year and my brother and I used to get 50p for helping with unmoulding the candles, plus what “tips” we were given. Sometimes our tips were monetary and sometimes they weren’t. I used to get a free slice of carrot cake every time we delivered to one of our retailers and it was usually not a small slice!

What’s your favourite scary book or movie?

To tell you the truth, I hate horror books and films. You know, I really didn’t want to conclude on such a negative note, but unfortunately I might have to. When I was young, I had a childminder who decided that one of the Nightmare On Elm Street movies was a good choice for two minors. So it goes, there was a scene where a woman (I don’t know her name, I haven’t watched it since so forgive me) is shredded in the shower. I was horrified and ran out screaming to our childminder, who called me a silly b*tch and slapped me across the face. After that, I was traumatised and refused to be in the bath alone in case Freddy got me. The Artex walls in our bathroom were referred to as “Freddy walls” and I was convinced that if my mother wasn’t sat on the toilet while I bathed, Freddy Kruger would burst through the walls and kill me. It took me 5 years to get over that fear.

Add to that, I suffer with Harm OCD and for me, imagining the scenes that I read about leads my brain to imagine doing these things, which fills me with anxiety. For me, it’s better to read light things and not read too much news.

Anyway, if we’re going to talk horror, then I absolutely love a handful of comedic “horror” movies – The Addams Family, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Beetlejuice or my all time favourite, Dracula: Dead And Loving It. Who doesn’t love Leslie Nielsen?!

Alright lovelies, that’s it from me but before I love and leave you, let’s tag some fellow bloggers:

The Wheelchair Teen

Rope & Roses

Guiltless Pleasure

Moondance Pages

Renard’s World

The Persever Of Life

Corrupting Mrs Jones

Armed With Coffee

Wayfaring Guji Girl

Young Melanated Mama

Still Searching For Prince Charming

PoojaG

Married Submissive

If you can’t/don’t want to post, don’t worry about it. I’ve only tagged 13 people that I enjoy reading from and who I thought might enjoy taking part. If I haven’t tagged you, feel free to take part if you want to, too.

Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to have fun!

Be Bold, Be Bright, Be Beautiful,

Helen xx

9 thoughts on “Halloween Fun In The Time Of Covid-19

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this post. And thank you so much for nominating me. Me and my family don’t celebrate Halloween so I think that it might be quite difficult to answer these questions though. I can tell you though that I LOVE horror classic books like Dracula, Frankenstein, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The invisible Man is probably my favourite monster classic. I’ve also read some Stephen King like his book IT which I really enjoyed. I liked the film too (which wasn’t that gory or scary). While I enjoy reading horror, I can’t watch it or anything gory in films or TV because I have traumatophobia after also seeing some disturbing images when I was a child that traumatized me. I can’t believe that your child-minder was that cruel. How awful! What they did affected you for five years! Ugh, it made me angry just reading about them. Aw, I loved you Bat costume story. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed traveling along with you during your Halloween Countdown journey πŸ™‚

    1. Aww we don’t anymore either, mostly for the economical reasons but also because it just feels weird and false without Dad. Isn’t it amazing how things from our childhood can have a lasting impact on us? I firmly think my anthophobia stems from a few traumatic incidences with flowers in my childhood too. I try and help myself through Exposure Response Prevention, which is a type of therapy. Basically, if I see an image of a flower and I want to look away, I make myself look at it for at least a second or two, even if I want to look away, I make myself notice how interesting the shape is and how pretty it is. It’s very hard at first but the theory is that over time, we become sort of “desensitised” to these irrational phobias. Obviously, seeing disturbing images isn’t quite the same but just from the fact that over time you’ve come to understand that these are just images and you don’t have to look at them, it does sound like you have made good progress. For me with my anthophobia, the goal would be to get to the point where I can wait in a reception area that has a vase of flowers on the coffee table and not faint, or to go out for coffee and be okay with there being flowers (particularly some sort of lily) on the table and not feel sick. When I was in therapy, I was always taught that the goal of therapy was to get to a point where you can function normally, not where you are desensitised to everything. My brother got my childminder back beautifully. Apparently, he saw her at the shops and he told her how traumatised the experience made me, apparently she left visibly shaking and mumbled a sorry before she left. My brother is a very nice person but I wou;ld not want to get on the wrong side of him! He can put people down without raising his voice, it’s scary. I’ve been a lady bird too and a “rocket man”. The last one I sort of got duped into, my class mate was off sick on the day of the show, so guess who got covered in baking foil? πŸ˜‰

      1. XD What a great brother! And that does seem like a good way of dealing with it. Not being desensitized but instead finding a way to live with it. I find that apps like VidAngel which tell you if there are going to be gory things in a show or film and when really helps me.

      2. He is… rather protective! I haven’t heard of VidAngel before but I will definitely check it out. Unfortunately, Mr Wolfie likes action movies and I’m always sort of like “hmm, this doesn’t seem to be so bad. Maybe I’ll be ok”, then a guy takes a bullet to the head and I’m just like “not okay! Gotta go” haha. Terminator 2: Judgement Day is the worst movie to date for me, that nuclear explosion scene gave me nightmares for weeks. I can’t watch Hot Fuzz without having to look away either, especially when Tim Messenger dies. It’s strange because with real blood, I’m absolutely fine. One of my closest friends has haemodialysis and my Dad was on dialysis and yet it doesn’t phase me at all.

    1. I love it! How could I forget Hocus Pocus too?! It goes to show though that what makes a good Halloween movie varies across the board. I got put through The Crow last night, which I’m told is a great movie, but it’s far too bloody and graphic for my tastes. I can appreciate Brandon Lee died while filming it but that still doesn’t mean that I have to like it! Also, you sound just as crazy about Halloween as what we used to be. A Β£300-400 (about $500) blow-out by October 31st was not beyond us..

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