Skipping Halloween


[Photo Credit: Emma Millard, taken my moi, totally candid, I’ve been waiting for a reason to use it]

Every year as long as I can recall my parents have had a Halloween party. Way before it was the norm in the UK my Dad would bring things back from his business trips to America to decorate the house, we’d all dress up and our family would come over. It started small, youngsters upstairs making a mess of the bedrooms, adults downstairs drinking.. standard. At the time trick or treating was a thing, you could dress up as dracula or a witch.. maybe a pirate and there were long press on nails, fangs and fake blood readily available but it was NOTHING like the entire aisles at the Supermarket now. People didn’t have parties but my Mum didn’t like trick or treating (glorified begging if I remember correctly) so it was another way to keep us entertained. I remember my Grandma turning up one year in the most horrifying rubber mask and being genuinely scared of her, I remember my Dad drawing chalk tombstones on the garage walls and making punch with things floating in it.. it was all so much fun, as a kid.

As time went on it became bigger and bigger (you can see last year in this vlog) more people came, the decorations were a bit on the scary side for the kids and it was a lot of work. I’ve known my Dad start decorating more than a week before and it’s practically another Christmas for my Mum to cater.. it was a serious business. This year we’re skipping it, for a variety of reasons, a couple of which being that Milo didn’t like it last year and we have a new puppy who we can’t leave/bring yet so since we’re obviously main players (ha) they’re taking a year off. Part of me was relieved, it had become so huge and when you have kids to look after a party isn’t all that fun but today it’s sinking in that for the first time in more than 20 years I have no Halloween plans and it’s a bit sad. Long standing tradition can sometimes feel like a burden and over time you appreciate them less and less until they’re taken away. I’ve never been super excited about Halloween because I’ve ‘had to’ do it but this year is different, I did go to a party last week (see THAT in THIS vlog) so I got that ticked off and because we’ve moved home and will be IN for the first time we are anticipating our first ever trick or treaters tonight. I want to carve pumpkins, make a bizarre Halloween Ginger Bread House I bought yesterday and give out sweets to neighbouring kids. It will be a different Halloween experience but a change is as good as a rest and next year perhaps the party can return with some minor adjustments to help it find it’s way back to it’s roots.

I think Christmas will be different this year too but I’ll talk about that later, I know lots of you are anti-Christmas before at least December but after tomorrow it will be everything I can do NOT to put up my tree so expect festive flair to creep in after midnight. In the meantime I hope you all have a happy Halloween, however you’re celebrating!

Miss BB



  1. Gina
    31 October, 2015 / 11:56 am

    I can’t wait for Halloween to be over so people can stop moaning at me for being totally over excited for Christmas (although they still will!) I can’t wait for your Xmas posts they’re definitely my favourite of any other bloggers

    • missbudgetbeauty
      31 October, 2015 / 12:42 pm

      haha! I hear that! ‘it’s not nearly christmas, it’s not even been halloween yet!’, whatever!

  2. 31 October, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    I couldn’t care less about Halloween to be honest. When I was single I went out dressed up in sexy outfits but mostly to find a man rather than to celebrate the occasion! Now I’m older and settled, it doesn’t really interest me x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      31 October, 2015 / 12:43 pm

      I never went out on halloween lol but I totally get that.. it’s fun to do a party at home but I’d rather it be smaller and more fun than work

  3. 31 October, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    I’m skipping halloween this year too. I’ve never understood the fuss around it what so ever, just seems like a lame excuse for people to spend money and get wasted :/ Not my cup of tea, but I’m SO excited for Christmas!!

  4. 31 October, 2015 / 4:36 pm

    I’m not usually a huge fan of Halloween and prefer Christmas personally. I mean, I’ve already started getting super excited about Christmas and all the festive displays in the department stores! Tonight I am celebrating for Halloween again as it’s my friends birthday so we’re going to celebrate and enjoy Halloween too!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  5. 31 October, 2015 / 4:41 pm

    I’ve never really done anything for Halloween apart from the couple of years I went to Farmageddon with a few friends (a giant haunted house sort of thing in Ormskirk that’s actually very scary). I’d love for someone I know to have a party so I could go haha, we don’t really have the room in the flat we’re living at the moment and our landlord lives downstairs in the same house so I don’t think he’d appreciate it! lol
    Em x

  6. Karlie
    31 October, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    Haha I’m the same about Christmas, once Halloween is over there’s no stopping me lol! I even have a bit of Buble on in the background as I type much to my husbands announce ⛄️

    • missbudgetbeauty
      31 October, 2015 / 6:55 pm

      hahaha!! I actually went to see Michael Buble last December and he didn’t sing ONE Christmas song so much as I still can’t resist to play his music I kind of hate him now, lol. He’s also a serious sleaze!!

  7. Harriet
    31 October, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    I loved this post, thanks for writing it. I hadn’t realised that Hallowe’en was a big thing in your family, and it’s great hearing about other people’s traditions. I hope you have a great time doing something different, even if you miss the usual party, and that next year you’ll feel the benefit of the break. 🙂

    I’ve never really got into Hallowe’en – my parents called it “America rubbish” so I never got to do much as a kid. As a teen I liked the idea (especially since I was a bit gothy) but I am useless at fancy dress so have never really made the most of it, and I don’t like horror films so that bit doesn’t appeal either (but I love stuff like The Addams Family and Rocky Horror). However I get really excited about Bonfire Night. Whenever I fail to make it to a fireworks display I always feel like I’ve really missed out.

  8. Jodie
    31 October, 2015 / 11:43 pm

    Halloween is great fun in a city with lots of clubs and students around. But now that I’m living back with my parents and no one really celebrates it here I’ve just spent my night watching Casper. It’s a nice change but since I’m only 22 I’m not ready to give up the partying just yet.

  9. 1 November, 2015 / 11:28 am

    This is such a nice post!
    I can’t wait for the halloween hype to be over, the excitement just makes me feel even more guilty for staying inside watching Friends rather than trick or treating or partying!

  10. Kate
    3 November, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    My birthday is the 1st November so I always used to have Halloween themed birthday parties as a child. Hope you enjoyed it regardless of the change in activity! x

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