not too spooky or creepy

We didn’t have Halloween growing up – it is not a Singaporean tradition. But by some strange turn, it is now one of our family’s favourite holidays. There is no TrickOrTreat-ing, just themed food & dressing up.

I cannot do scary. Whether it is a faint heart or an over-active imagination, it has been this way for as long as I remember. I had nightmares for months after my first and only horror film at aged 13. As a young adult, I had to leave the cinema after 20 minutes of Cape Fear (1991) which is not even a horror movie.

But if your children want to dress up like pirates & fairies, eat ghoulie cupcakes & blood splattered sausage rolls, one has to say, Sure! Let’s have a party.

How are you celebrating Halloween?

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Loving Husband spotted these cuties and took the Feature Photo at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve last week.

This post is my contribution to One Word Sunday: Creepy hosted by Debbie at TravelWithIntent

21 Replies to “not too spooky or creepy”

  1. Like you, Halloween didn’t feature in my childhood but it gets more popular every year here thanks to American TV. We have been invited to two parties that night! That is a first.

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  2. I had goosebumps looking at that picture. My kids are missing halloween this year. We’re going straight to Christmas hahah. Lazy mummy here. I also couldn’t watch horror movies, I just couldn’t. Like you I will also have nightmares, for weeks.

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  3. I absolutely love these images and everything about them. I’ve seen them huddled like this only one time in a picnic shelter. Every now and then we get a lone bat that takes up residence in the barn.

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  4. As a kid I lived on a remote dirt road. There was no walking to neighbours houses as there weren’t really any nearby. So I’d put on my costume (usually just one purchased from a store with a plastic mask and simple plastic accessories) and then go to my grandmother’s house as she lived in a small village with a number of houses close together. On the way we’d stop at various relatives houses. They’d always save me a full size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup package because they knew it was my favourite. That tradition faded by the time I was around 11.

    My son was really into it and loved all the scary things – not the truly dark and scary but more cartoonish ones like The Nightmare Before Christmas. Before we immigrated to Canada we’d take him trick or treating in our small Missouri town. It was so small that while in most of the country people were worried about poisoned or sabotaged treats from strangers, there it was not unusual to still get a popcorn ball or one delightful time, a small baggie with homemade chocolate chip cookies that were still warm.

    In Canada we kept doing it until our son was around 12. Our own neighbourhood is mostly highrises and inside those nobody is really allowed to trick or treat but we’d go to friends’ neighbourhoods and the kids would go out together. Those with private homes in some neighbourhoods really do up the decorations and it’s quite fun.

    And now? Now everyone in the family is too grown up to trick or treat and none of us really celebrates it. Except Sage is often called upon to tell scary stories (she’s telling one on the CBC in an hour!), and I still cycle through all different neighbourhoods checking out the decorations. This year with the pandemic that will be about all that anyone will do as health officials are strongly discouraging it here as we are well and truly in our second wave.

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    1. Todd! Thank you for sharing this generous slice across your Halloween adventures through time …. I love it!

      Your experience as a child, visiting various relatives & ending at your grandmother’s, is very much like how we celebrate the Lunar New Year here in Singapore. We eat & collect goodies (in the form of “ang pow”s – little red envelopes with money) our way through various relative’s (and close friend’s) homes.

      My older daughter loved Jack Skellington – so she and your son would have been quite a pair Trick & Treating ….

      I was very sad when the whole fracas with poisoned goodies hit the fan … bereft at so many levels. But I am glad that your son was able to enjoy the experience for many years – including the homemade treats (which are the best, to my mind).

      Tried to look Sage up on CBC …. couldn’t find it though ….

      Have you fabulous weekend, you both!

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      1. That’s so interesting. The more I meet people from around the world the more I see how many traditions and foods we have that are so similar once you get over the superficial differences.

        Oh they would’ve totally been a pair for sure. Has that love held on as she got older? My son’s is still there but it’s changed form. Now I see some of it in his art. It’s his own style but there’s that same combination of darkness and joy in it that was in the movie.

        If I find a link to Sage’s story I’ll post it. So far it was just a live segment on the evening drive-time show.

        Hope you also have an amazing weekend!

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        1. Absolutely Todd – we are not so different as we think we are! And yet ….

          Older Daughter is soon to be 23. She still prefers the quirky and darker humour of things, and she will likely tell you she thinks Tim Burton is still de bombe although she has moved on to wider pastures.

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  5. I love that bat photo. It looks like the American flag! I thought it was a clever take on that, possibly one of your confectionery creations. Ha! Fooled me.

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