Halloween 2014

It’s almost time to hang up your Halloween decorations and get dressed up as your favourite ghosts, witches and ghouls. But it’s not all that long ago that Guy Fawkes night was more popular in Britain and not the American style holiday that we now know as Halloween.

I remember penny for the guy contests, where the ultimate prize was to have your guy burnt at the top of the bonfire. I think I might have even made a bit of pocket-money from setting mine out on the street. Robbing my dads wardrobe which was not a good idea, and stuffing the shirts with scrunched up newspaper. The resulting print was everywhere! Bobbing for apples was a favourite, or perhaps a sticky bun hung from a string in the doorway. With hands tied behind your back of course. I remember parties where flower cakes had coins hidden in them, we all dressed up and ate toffee apples, hot chocolate and lots of cake. All this was done in the safety of our own homes, no roaming the street. No scaring old people with our ghoulish masks, or turning up on doorsteps asking for treats!


So fast forward 30 years (and a bit) and what to do with the boy? He wants to be like his friends, going from door to door and threatening the neighbours. How do we get around the problem? Well for the first 3 years he was too small to notice this celebration. Certainly that cake would keep him quiet, content in his world of trains and bricks. Year 4 and we agreed to carve a pineapple. Yes you read right a pineapple! Why carve a vegetable you have no intention of eating, that’s what I say. Setting the pineapple out for all to see!


Year 5 and it’s getting tricky to avoid the dressing up, but fate threw us a lifeline. The boy was ill and spent the night asleep in his bed. Year 6 and he knows all about the chocolate that can be collected from scaring people, and the only thing left to do was leave the country! Year 7 was too foggy to go out, and year 8 well that was something else (read about our trip here).


Now its year 9, with his ever so frightening costume at the ready we head off again. Yes to the land where the tradition of trekking the streets for candy came from, the USA. Yes this Halloween we will be scaring the inhabitants of Walt Disney World Florida dressed as a Ghost buster, perfect for catching your ghoulish parents!

Perfect Party UK, getting ready for World Book Day

We have been getting ready for World Book Day which this year falls on Thursday the 6th of March. The first thing I had to do was find the boy a costume. Perfect Party UK came to the rescue with the largest selection of fancy dress I have come across online.

The boy and I usually forget all about dressing up to celebrate World Book Day. Past outfits have included going as Biff, from Biff and Chip which involved me temporary dyeing the boy’s hair brown. It went pink and stayed for weeks much to the amusement of the head teacher who has pink hair herself. Last year the boy went as Indiana Jones, ok not really a book, but at 7.30am on the day, you have to go with whatever is in the house, and a waist coat was the perfect prop. Others include farmers, pirates, and I think one year we completely forgot!

This year we have a plan, we have been looking at Bugsy Malone, a book and film I remember fondly from my childhood. The boy was very excited at the prospect of being a gangster, and when the outfit arrived didn’t hesitate trying it on. I have been informed you have to practice dying if you are a gangster, I think the boy was pretty good at this.

The gangster outfit from Perfect Party UK came as a 5 piece set with Jacket, Trousers, Tie, Hat and dickey (sort of shirt) at RRP £18.43 this is great value for money as the detail on the costume is good. I did have to remind the boy that it is a costume, and not clothes in the proper sense otherwise I think he would wear it all the time. The costume is 100% polyester and is recommended as hand was only, I think a gentle machine cycle might be ok. We are both impressed with this costume, and the boy is very excited, explaining to all his friends, who he will be dressed as on World Book Day this year.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Perfect Party UK have a huge selection of outfits not just for children but also adults, as well as all the accessories you might need for a party. I have spent some time looking to see if there will be something suitable for our Halloween visit to Disney later in the year. I have a couple of costumes that might be just the thing, but as the boy wants to dress as a Ghostbuster, I might still have to get the sewing machine out! So if you haven’t planned your child’s costume yet or just want some party ideas have a look at the Perfect Party UK website. My favourite costume is this licensed Willy Wonka!

If you would like the chance to win a gangster costume of your own then why not enter the first of my World Book Day giveaways.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & Conditions:
  • The giveaway is open to the UK only
  • It is mandatory to leave a comment in the post comment section answering the question specified. Other tasks completed will gain additional entries. The winner will be      checked to make sure they have both left a comment and completed the task for the winning entry.
  • Winner will be drawn by the Rafflecopter randomly.
  • The winner will be sent an  e-mail to the e-mail address left at time of entry. The winner will need to reply to the e-mail within 7 days of the notification. Every effort will be made to contact the winner, but if no response is made within the 7 days a new winner will be chosen.
  • The prize details are stated at the top of the Rafflecopter, and no alternatives will be offered.
  • The prize will be posted by the promoter, unfortunately I cannot be held responsible or replace missing parcels. Please contact me if there is a problem.
  • #World Book Day additional terms:  The prize from Perfect Party UK is a gangster costume the same as the one sent to the boy, in Med size (fits age 6-9 approx.)while every effort will be made for you to receive this item in time this cannot be guaranteed.
  • For a simple guide to  Rafflecopter, please read Di Coke’s Rafflecopter Guide

Disclaimer: we were sent the costume to review and keep the contents are our own opinion and have not been altered.