Why Halloween is better than Christmas in our house
10 compelling reasons why my kids – and me – celebrate Halloween so much
Halloween is better than Christmas in our household; I’m going to have to agree with my kids on this one.
I can say for sure, that my kids enjoy Halloween way more than the festive season and the chance to get spooky is their most favourite time of the year.
This did come as a surprise to me as a bumbling, juggling-it-all mum at first. I mean, we’re not exactly living in America, are we? We don’t generally go as wild as they do when it comes to dishing out witches’ outfits and ‘BOO’ decorations.
When I was kid, a white sheet shoved over the top of my head with two holes cut out for eyes was more than enough to ‘dress up’ for the night. It was a last-minute thing and we had fun regardless.
These days though, perhaps it is time to go full-on American when it comes to Halloween. It’s a proper full-on party in our house. And something we all genuinely look forward to
1. Easy decorations
Come on, mums – you’ve gotta agree, taping some ‘don’t enter’ tape across a door, or literally cutting out a pumpkin from a piece of paper has to be one of the easiest, no-pressure decorations that you can do.
The tackier the better, I say. Pound shop here we come! It’s the one time of year where you can embrace pure kiddy indulgence; invite your kids to help put the decorations up and dictate what goes where in the house, it can be fun.
Why Halloween is better than Christmas: It’s completely my fault, but I’m so bent on getting the ‘perfect’ Christmas, that festive decorations in our house have become a kind of extension of our interior design.
Everything has to look chic, match and like it’s from a Hollywood movie. Just one of the many pressures I put on myself at Christmas time. Halloween on the other hand; pretty much do what you like!
If I’m feeling really adventurous, I’ll carve some pumpkins. I’m getting better every year, haha, but again, no need to be precise or ‘chic’ here.
2. Pumpkin pie.
On the subject of pumpkins, have you ever made pumpkin pie? Don’t get me wrong, I’m no baker and I’m certainly not advocating baking and cooking a load of your own goodies for a Halloween party. (Who has time for that?)
But one thing I can do, and do well, actually, is pumpkin pie. I embrace my inner Nigella and come up with an edible, unique, healthy (sort of, pumpkin is a vegetable after all), pie.
My kids even like it. And my kids barely eat anything that isn’t beige. This recipe from the BBC Food website is easy to follow and works every time.
Why Halloween is better than Christmas: Pumpkin pie is nicer than Christmas pudding. Period.
3. Shop-bought food.
Which leads me onto shop-bought food. Yes, I don’t go all out on food or ‘serving’ any kind of food at all. Let’s face it, the kids are going to stuff themselves with sweets all night long. It’s the one night of the year where, in our house at least, there’s no rules, and they can eat as many sweets as they like.
Even if it makes them sick.
Well, then they’ll learn a lesson won’t they?
Why bother going to the trouble of an all-out buffet spread when nobody, literally nobody, is interested. Just stick some fishfingers in the oven, perhaps M&S do some witch-shaped ones or something, and that’s it.
Why Halloween is better than Christmas: You don’t have to prepare much, if anything, for kids’ tea. No pressure.
At Christmas time we are cooking days before to make that special Christmas meal magical… only for my kids to beg to leave the table to play video games.
4. The kids can eat as many sweets as they like.
I’ve mentioned this already, but from my kids’ point of view, just think about this for a minute. Just for one night of the year, you get to avoid any tantrums of saying ‘no’ to just another sweet or chocolate.
It’s the one night I can say, ‘yeah, sure, if you think you can stomach it’. And then it’s up to them. No micro-managing what they eat, no worrying that they haven’t had enough broccoli. Allowing yourself to completely let go of all the normal parenting meal-time drama.
Why Halloween is better than Christmas: All kids love sweets. Not all kids like turkey and roast potatoes. It’s a hands-down win for children.