This halloween was a slightly different experience to last years what with Eva being a bit older. She is currently 22 months old so we decided to give her a jam packed day to suit her need to be on the go constantly.
I was slightly miffed to find that Tesco had reduced all their halloween outfits (including the one Eva is wearing) a day before halloween. Next year I think I may risk it and leave it until last minute as this really wound me up.
As I arranged her activities for the day, I started to wonder whether she has more of a social life than me but hey i'm always there with her so my life is equally hectic and enhanced.
We started the days festivities by going to the children's halloween disco at our local pub the Cwrt Rawlin. I have to confess I have never ever seen the pub as busy as it was that day and that wasn't a good thing. As much as Eva was in her oils running around the pub chasing other children, dancing and admiring everyone's outfits, I on the other hand was close to a nervous breakdown as keeping up with her was extremely tiring and stressful. So I made a note to self to give that a miss for a few years until she's at an age where I can safely leave her to her own devices.
We then decided to take Eva trick or treating around a few of the houses in our street. We didn't have a lot of time as we had more exciting plans for the evening but we didn't want her to miss out on the experience. We also couldn't leave Alfie our staffie out of the fun so we decided to fashion him a 'ghost dog' outfit out of some old sheets. The two of them were a massive hit and a formidable pair. All the other parents and trick or treaters couldn't stop admiring Alfie and spoiling Eva. One thing I have learnt about the whole trick or treating experience is that some people are so miserable!! I quite often wonder what some of these people's childhoods were like or whether they have just forgotten what it was like to be a child. I understand that trick or treaters can be annoying and I certainly agree that children of a certain age should not be out but when it's young children with their parents I think the festivities should be embraced and encouraged.
Last on the agenda was the drive in movie experience watching none other than Ghostbusters!! I cannot recommend this experience more. It's at the national diving and activity centre in Chepstow and it's well worth the trek. Arwyn and I have been avid movie goers for quite some time but we have never been to a drive in cinema. Let's face it, we live in Wales so the weather isn't always on our side to hold events like these. We also took Eva as we figured that she had the freedom to play in the car and also fall asleep in her car seat when she became tired.
How wrong were we thinking she would become tired. Eva absolutely had time of her life. When we arrived we parked up the car and visited the onsite cafe to grab ourselves some food and drinks. Why we did this when we had a car full of goodies that we'd brought with us, i'll never know. Perhaps, it was being caught up in the atmosphere. There is a fully licensed bar there so we had some alcoholic beverages (in real glasses i might add) and we also purchased the standard movie snack, popcorn. We then dashed back to the car with our food and drinks, tuned in the fm station and sat back and relaxed and enjoyed the film.
Ironically enough it was actually one of the mildest halloween nights on record and also dry. Other people had obviously checked the weather forecast in advance as there were people sat on deck chairs and the bonnets of their cars all snuggled up with blankets under a canopy of stars. It really was magical.
I cannot recommend this enough. It's perfect for all the family or as a date night. The usual cost is £30 a car which may seem pricey but it's a movie experience like no other. We actually paid £15 for our tickets on amazon local so keep your eyes peeled for further deals. Check out their website here to see more information and a full list of showings between now and the new year: Cinema listings. I think we'll go again to watch Elf, Frozen and if I can drag the hubby, Grease.
I'm sorry the pictures didn't turn out so great (it was pitch black). What did you get up to on halloween? What has been your experience of trick or treating with your little one? Have you been to a drive in movie? Please leave me some comments, I love to hear them.
Love Kerry and Eva xx