Family Traditions - Halloween

Halloween - Family Traditions - Dooney & Daughters

When I was 11 we went on a family holiday to the United States. We were there in September and I vividly remember all the Halloween decorations that went on display not long before we headed home. We were each allowed to get something small to bring home with us and I chose a bag of tiny pumpkin erasers. Coming back to NZ I remember being so disappointed that we didn’t have any scary decorations anywhere, I also remember that the erasers were so tiny you couldn’t actually use them.

As children we would often dress up and walk to the neighbours where we would hopefully get some chocolate. More often than not though we got duds, like the half-eaten packet of biscuits covered in ants that my brother still ate...

As an adult, my love for Halloween hasn’t diminished and I wish that it was a celebrated a bit more down here. I can’t wait for the day when I have children old enough to dress up in costumes to take trick or treating!

Below are some of my favourite ways to celebrate the scariest night of the year, please let me know if you have any family traditions to add.

Scary movies:

There’s nothing better than watching a good movie on Halloween!

  1. Hocus Pocus – the ultimate family movie starring Sarah-Jessica Parker and Bette Midler as witches that have been awakened on Halloween after three centuries.
  2. The Witches of Eastwick – this is more of an adults’ movie which stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Cher as three women who wish for the perfect man (played by Jack Nicholson) but he isn’t quite what he seems.
  3. The Halloween series. This is more of a horror compared to the other two, but surely Halloween is the perfect night for something scary?!

Halloween treats:

  1. Popcorn – because what goes better with movies than popcorn. See the below for our favourite popcorn toppings.
  2. Candy apples – I haven’t had these since I was a kid and my cousin had a Halloween themed birthday party (in May) but they do look good. And apples are healthy right?! This recipe from Chelsea Sugar looks pretty delicious and doable.
  3. Chocolates – I think this is a given for Halloween!

Dooney & Daughters Family Traditions - Halloween Popcorn

I hope you have a great and scary Halloween. And if you're planning on dressing up or decorating your house, let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear what you have planned! 


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