It probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone reading that I love Halloween.
I remember vividly being 5 years old and helping my Dad hang paper tissue ghosts from the big tree in our front yard – the idea all his. Trick-or-treating with my little brother dressed as a skeleton, his friend a vampire, and myself a devil. Three little horrors running down the street with plastic pumpkin carriers and pillow cases, while cardboard Unicef boxes hung heavily around our necks gathering weight with every penny and quarter added.
Mom was always a bit spooky, introducing us to the original Addams Family and The Munsters. And if you asked what her favourite movie was now, she’d instantly reply “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.
But I think it was Dad’s enthusiasm for the holiday over any other when I was little that really rubbed off. Having emigrated to Canada from the UK, a North American style Halloween was something completely alien to what he had experienced growing up in the North of England.
Halloween has since become more popular across the pond, though Bonfire Night still reigns supreme.
As kids our house was always done up inside and out to celebrate the season. To be honest, it was a bit tacky looking, it was the 80’s and mass produced Halloween decorations weren’t always the greatest, but it was fun and we loved it none the less.
Stumbling over the Halloween Housewares section at Williams Sonoma though is a completely different experience to those articulated cardboard cut outs from back in the day.
Just take a look, those plates and dessert stand alone I’d probably use year round.