01 November 2012

Halloween 2012

Posted By Happy Homemaker UK

Last night
there was no question trick-or-treating
had a stronger foothold in our area

Whereas only a quarter of houses offered sweets two years ago,
I'd guess as many as half of the neighbors participated on the same street this year

It feels magical to witness a new tradition in the making,
as it was the first time many of the residents had given away Halloween candy

I heard a few children saying 'cheers' as they left with their goodies,
and neighbors oohed and aahed as to how scary costumes were
{ they don't do 'cute' costumes here }

The evening ended with a typical English rain
which made it easy to call it a night

Here's a look at the goodies we received

I believe Parma Violets are a very old-fashioned sweet here,
and I'm not sure the words 'foam' and 'candy' should ever meet on the same package :)

Americans will be pleased to know those yummy Marathon braided bars of yesteryear
are alive and well in the UK as Curly Wurlies

How was your Halloween?

- all photos by me -


Naturally Carol said...

We have 'curly wurly's' here too in Oz..it is interesting to find out that they had a former life in America!

greenthumb said...

Sounds like they had a fun night.

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Little Bea has enough sweets to last til christmas! We had a great time! It's interesting how it's a growing tradition! :)

YONKS said...

Those foam bananas and shrimp are great. Throughout my life I've probably eaten a car full of those!

Gillian said...

Ours was quiet but fun. That is a bumper haul of sweets and chocolate! The sweets of my childhood. I love parma violets, even though they do taste a bit weird, but it's the taste of nostalgia.

Robyn said...

oh a good curly wurly-i always get one from my granny at christmas! i love parma violets...bit strange though really. glad it was fun!

Kimberly Jimenez said...

I love Curly Wurlys! I actually have no idea what a marathon bar is and I bet I'm older than you... I'll have to look that one up. Every time vernon comes to the US to visit he brings me a few 5 packs of those babies. And of course I bring them back with me every time I go. Well, those and the Flake and Galaxy Ripple. Yum!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

No tricks or treaters here fortunately but we have been enjoying home-made pumpkin soup. :)

Tammy Chrzan said...

Awww no pictures of the kids in their costumes??
I think the costume thing depends on where you are, I have friends that live in Corby, England and they had cute little costumes, the girl was even a ballerina pumpkin! So precious!

Tammy Chrzan said...

PS... Do you think your kids would fess up the curly wurly?? I'll trade a Hershey bar!

ann said...

We had a very quiet Halloween with only one trick or treater, our first since we have moved here. Used get dozens of kids at the old house. For your kids, I am glad that they got to carry on.

michele said...

thank you for reminding me of my childhood with the mention of foam and candy!!!

happy november to you.

hope you'll stop by...i am now happily sharing photos and info about my paris trip!

smiles to you.


Unknown said...

I'm in the UK but was in New England for Halloween a couple of years ago, I was so amazed by the amazing decorations at the front of every house! Really fabulous and celebrating the season not just Halloween.

Lovely to discover your blog from BYW Bootcamp!
Sarah x

PS. A Marathon in the UK was what is now a Snickers!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


It looks like Halloween was a great success! I am a huge fan of Malteesers! I could eat bags of those, although I think they have changed something because they just do not seem as good as they did awhile ago.

I would love to know what you think of BYW Bootcamp...I have taken two BYW classes and loved them and I would like to know how the bootcamp compares.

Have a great week, Elizabeth

Priscilla said...

When we lived in Suffolk in the '90s, Wollies had lots of masks and kiddies going door to door
It makes me so homesick when I looked at your sweets. When we moved back to the US, I brought a whole box of Parma Violets rolls. I love them.

Claire said...

oh thats a lot of candy! i worked so wasnt at home to greet scaries...but we dont get them down my road. i live at a dead end and there are no children so its all quiet!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Really? Go figure :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Ha! Not a chance :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I took her first class years ago; this one is similar and a good review. It has been motivating.

Noelle the dreamer said...

That Mars bar had ex-RAF hubby drooling...
Thanks for sharing (and I hope you don't mind I linked your blog yesterday to mine in regard to Halloween!)
All the best,

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you for the shout-out, Noelle :) Popping over to yours now

Barbara said...

Sounds like quite the night!

PURA VIDA said...

How fun to read about a different kind of night

Emm in London said...

This was our 6th Halloween in UK but a bit of a disaster. First we ate half the candy and then we decided to go out early and watch the Bond film. Too bad as our little neighbours know we give the best treats!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

When I lived in the UK hardly anyone celebrated Halloween. Nice to see that things have changed, and I love seeing some of my favorites in that pile of candy. :)

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

A belated Happy Halloween!

Great image of the tree, you can just imagine a passing witch sheltering from the rain under there ;)

Privet and Holly said...

How fun that it is
catching on and that
your kids got to have
the full Halloween
experience!! No trick
or treaters in our house,
anymore, but we did
get a few cuties at our
front door. Not to fear,
I always buy a ton of
candy, "just in case"
this is the year a bus-
load of kids show up
on our street! Then,
we have to eat it, when
it doesn't happen : )

xo Suzanne

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Did you like the Bond film? I thought it was the best in a while :)

Ali said...

I've lived here in the Midlands for ten years and we have never had a trick or treater or "TOT" for short. As a Canadian abroad I feel its my duty to uphold tradition, so I decorate and carve a couple of pumpkins and have a few goodies in, just in case. LOL! I've even converted my Brit-born hubby. Comments from haunters I know in Canada and the U.S. were mostly positive, despite the hurricane.

Now we're trying to revive Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes as it used to be called. My husband tells me it used to be a big deal at one time, but not any more. In fact it seems to have all but disappeared where we are. But that's me, any excuse for a party.

Happy Halloween and here's to next year!

Ali x

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Bonfire Night is very much alive and well in the southern England. Such a shame such a very British tradition is disappearing in your area. Good for you, preserving your roots :)

Meg {henninglove} said...

looks like you collected some good loot! crunchies are my favorite by far!

Pet said...

Cute costumes for Halloween? No thanks! :-)

Emm in London said...

We did enjoy it! It was the first one I got in a while although I can understand why the sentimentality, lack of gadgets and focus on Bond's back story irritated a lot of Bond fans.