The main event for Charlie over the half-term break was Halloween. He pestered me until I gave in and dragged the boxes of Halloween stuff out of the cupboard, days before the event itself, so that he could start decorating the house.
Then, inspired by a video about Halloween activities on 'The Kid Should See This', which we get emailed to us every week, Charlie set about creating his own Halloween decorations.
|A homemade candle made out of half an orange and some olive oil|
|Another homemade candle - this time, it's just butter and paper|
|Making a glitterball out of a pumpkin|
|The finished result, hanging in Charlie's bedroom|
|Carving another pumpkin|
Charlie didn't want to go trick or treating this year and asked if he could invite a couple of friends over instead. They came round for the afternoon, played Minecraft and made some Halloween cupcakes.
|Charlie decorated the plain cupcake cases|
Then, instead of going out, we stayed in and handed out sweets to a succession of neighbourhood children, ranging from cute toddlers in pumpkin costumes to tall, scary teenagers in terrifying masks. Eventually, we blew the pumpkin tealight out and left a bowl of sweets outside on the doorstep. A few minutes later, we heard giggling and a boy shouting, "LEGGIT!" Sure enough, when I glanced outside, the bowl of sweets was empty. Never mind, at least that meant Halloween was well and truly over and I could pour myself a glass of wine and relax.
Charlie went to bed, having eaten far too many cupcakes and sweets for my liking, but very happy.