I love Halloween! There I’ve said it. This may have something to do with growing up in Canada where it is a lot bigger than here in the UK. Yes, I’m an atheist, well actually I’m agnostic as I’m not convinced either way but I still celebrate Halloween. I don’t read more into it than kids getting dressed up, scaring the sh*t out of each other and asking for sweets from strangers.
I have to say I was saddened reading tweets about people turning off all their lights and hiding indoors hoping that no Trick or Treaters would knock as they felt it was an invasion of their privacy or parents who were too frightened to take their children out as candy may be laced with goodness knows what. I think it’s a sad reflection of where we have gone in society. I blame helicopter parenting and how insular we’ve become. We know longer know our neighbours or make any attempt to get to know them.
When I was a kid, god I sound old, Halloween was huge. It was rare to find a house that didn’t have a pumpkin, which is the exact opposite here. The poor trick or treaters here have to walk miles and miles to get a good stash. The streets were swarming with ghosts and goblins and everyone was welcoming. We used to use pillowcases to collect our sweets and no word of a lie we would half fill them.
Luckily, I live on an incredibly friendly street; we have street parties and often congregate in the street having a chat, which is not the norm in the UK. There are 6 families on the street with young children and we often spend time together. So, we all got together and took the little ones trick or treating and then headed back to one house for Chilli and beers. Just the way it should be. Look how much fun they had!
So, stop being so miserable!
I can’t thank you all enough for taking part in our Pumpkin Carving Competition and I hope you had as much fun as I did. I do apologize that I moved the goal posts, and allowed you all to vote on the best one. However, I think this is the fairest way to do it. It was our first year and I’ve learned a lot. Next year I will still do the voting but will introduce categories such as child involvement, artistic and traditional.
So, without further adieu…you have all voted for @kangarue as the winner. CONGRATULATIONS. Interestingly this was the one I was going to choose. I’m completely gobsmacked that this was her first attempt. I think you’ll agree that she is a worthy winner.
She’s not only amazing with a knife but also a great twitterer and worth a follow. She’s an Aussie, lover of travel, good food & wine. She’s married to @BoyWonder_UK with 2 Burmese cats. Life is busy with work & Counselling degree.
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with next year.
Thanks to everyone for joining into our Pumpkin Carving competition. I hope you had as much fun as I did. As it was the first year I didn’t think it through properly and I‘m absolutely stunned at the quality of the entries. Next year, I may have to have categories (adult, fun, spooky, etc). It was nearly impossible to choose a winner so I’m throwing it back at you. I’ve chosen my favourite 5 and now it’s your turn to vote for your favourite. Voting will close at 10pm. Please feel free to ask your friends to vote for you.
1.) Leaf Design by Nurture Store
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2.) In the Night Garden by Single Mummy One in a Million
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3.) Vamping it Up by @kangarue
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4.) Charlie and Lola by Missie Lizzie
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5.) Boo! By Emma age 38 and a half
I don’t know if it’s the Canadian in me but I love Halloween and sometimes I wish it would take off a bit more here in the UK, but understand why it hasn’t. I grew up with it as a kid and I don’t read anymore into it than kids getting dressed up, scaring the hell out of each other, blagging loads of sweets off the neighbours, maybe throwing the odd rotten egg and soaping a few cars. So, to get into the Halloween spirit I’m hosting a Pumpkin Carving Competition.
Unfortunately, the only thing I’m able to offer in the way of a prize is to feature the winning entry on my blog with a mini bio! Hey, you may get a couple of new followers and of course you’ll secure ‘bragging rights’!
The rules are simple
Carve a pumpkin; however, if you’re in a pinch I’d be more than happy with any gourd, courgettes, satsumas, etc.
Take a photo of it and submit it to me. Please see ways to submit below.
It has to have been carved this year (2010). So no digging through the archives.
You must have carved it yourself or with your kids. To stop people submitting sneaky Google images it would be great if you, your kids or your pet could appear in the photo. But, don’t worry too much if this isn’t possible
Competition closes at sunset (in the UK) on the 31st of October 2010. I will announce the winner later that night.
How to submit your photo.
If you’re a blogger, write a post and add the link to the Linky below (in response box add your name)
If you’re not, you can Twitpic it and use the twitpic address and add it to the Linky (in response box add your name)
If you have no idea how to do any of this you can always send the photo to me and I’ll add it for you.
Please drop me a line if you have any questions.
Good luck and get carving!
Please note: I will not be held responsible for any injuries incurred during this competition. So, if you cut anything off don’t come crying to me!
As most of you know I’m a big fan of Strictly Come Dancing. I haven’t been watching it since the beginning but damn near close enough. However, the changes over the last couple of years are starting to test my loyalty. Last year, when they replaced Arlene Phillips resident dance expert, with Alesha Dixon, I was very vocal about my unhappiness with this decision.
This is not a personal attack against Alesha, she seems like a lovely woman and probably learned a lot when she participated in the show in 2007. However, I still don’t think comments like ‘great outfit’, ‘your bum looks great in those trousers’ or ‘the ladies are loving you tonight’ really add to the show. These quotes were all taken from tonight’s show.
Anyhow, I’ve moved on from that. However, this year the removal of the ‘Dance Off’ doesn’t anger me but in fact terrifies me. I’m not going to explain how SCD works as I’m assuming that if you’re still reading this you must be a fan, otherwise you would have buggered off by now. We’ve all seen it happen year after year, the British Public voting for the underdog or just to goad the judges, mostly Craig. A prime example of this was John Sergeant. Goodness knows how far he would have gotten if he didn’t make the decision to walk.
So, in reality, there is nothing stopping the likes of Ann Widdecombe from getting to the final. I really hope the British public come to their senses and remember that underneath all the glitz and glamour that it is a dance competition. I do appreciate it’s for entertainment, but I don’t think it’s really fair to those that are working really hard and delivering excellent dances. This is why the judge’s involvement is imperative as they used to have the opportunity to step in and save the better dancer if need be.
In addition, without the Dance Off the Sunday night result show is a complete waste of time. It’s just filler, clips of the show the night before, with a couple of show dances thrown in, possibly a celebrity guest and then the lights go out. If the voting closes shortly after the show on Saturday night why can’t they have the results on the same night?
I really hope I’m wrong about this and that the new format of the programme adds to our enjoyment but I can’t help feeling that the BBC has made a grave error.