Halloween

Thoughts on… Halloween

It’s October 31st meaning it’s Halloween! If you’ve been online this past month, you’ve probably seen many a gif and if you’re on Twitter just about everybody has had Halloween-themed user names.

I’ve never been into Halloween and I think that’s because I live in the UK where while it has got bigger and more popular over the years, it was never a thing when I was a child. When I was growing up I lived on a street where there were no other kids and very limited lighting so it wasn’t like I took part in trick or treating or anything – and to be honest I think it was something that just didn’t happen.

When I was a teenager, friends had parties for Halloween but that was more of an excuse to get dressed up and get drunk, it was the same when I was at Uni. Yes I did dress up and have fun (my favourite was when a friend had Halloween/birthday party where the theme was dead-people or characters and I went as an unnamed zombie Red Shirt from Star Trek) but I never got into the real spirit of Halloween – whatever that is.

I don’t enjoy horror films so I don’t make an effort to watch them in October like some people do, and I don’t really read spooky books, so what I read and watch don’t make me feel very Halloween-y.

I don’t begrudge anyone who enjoys Halloween, it’s just not for me. Maybe it’s because I’m a Brit and never did the trick and treating thing or because I don’t like scary things. This year I have no plans for Halloween, instead I’ll be curled up in front of the TV watching Bake Off and eating chocolate. But to all those who celebrate and enjoy Halloween – I hope you have a great time!

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REVIEW: October Kiss (2015)

Free-spirited Poppy (Ashley Williams) never sticks at a job for long but when she is hired as a temporary nanny by workaholic Ryan (Sam Jaeger) to look after his young children Zoe (Hannah Cheramy) and Zach (Kiefer O’Reilly) she finds something she’s good at and maybe even loves.

October Kiss is a Hallmark original movie and it’s a very cheesy seasonal movie but I couldn’t help but find it somewhat endearing. October Kiss is Halloween overload. There’s so many decorations, pumpkin carving and costumes (some of which look really rather good) that it’s sometimes a little overwhelming for a Brit who’s never had a “proper” Halloween.

The cast is good and I was pleasantly surprised by the child actors – they never really feel like they’re over-acting. The chemistry between Williams and Jaeger isn’t always there but when they are with the kids it does feel like a real family as everyone slots into place.

There’s a lot of the usual tropes here but it somehow doesn’t manage to be grating. There’s the absent father, the miscommunication and the perceived threat of a new girlfriend/mother for the children in the form of Ryan’s work colleague Abigail (Miranda Frigon). It’s all rather predictable but it’s still a pleasant watch.

That just about sums October Kiss up. Nothing ground-breaking, an easy-watch and one of the better seasonal films I’ve seen. 3/5.

Happy Halloween!

Now I don’t know about you but I’ve never been one to really celebrate Halloween. Maybe it’s because I’m in the UK and when I was growing up we weren’t so into Halloween as the Americans are (and we’re still not to be honest) so I never did any trick or treating and I very rarely went to any Halloween parties.

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Me as a zombie red shirt

Obviously when I was at University I went to a few because when you’re a student you’ll take any excuse to dress up. My favourite Halloween outfit when I was at Uni was when a friend had a Halloween/birthday party and the theme was dead fictional characters. There was Cruella De Vil, the Phantom of the Opera and many more I can’t remember. I went as a Red Shirt from Star Trek because it was an easy outfit and they always end up dead.

This year I’m going out for a friend’s birthday to a club in Trafalgar Square and we’re all dressing up. Because I left it a bit last minute, I’m going in a steampunk outfit and then do some cuts and bruises on my face and arms so it looks like I’ve been in a fight – I shall be a steampunk warrior!

Another friend had a steampunk birthday a few years ago so I’ve got pretty much everything I need.

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Are you doing anything for Halloween this year? Are you going to dress up?