Saturday, 31 October 2020

The Hallotober Tag

Okay, so, nobody tagged me in this. 
I saw it on Twitter and thought the questions were fun and, since blogging has been slow lately, I thought that it would make a good post... 

Therefore, I'll thank Jordanne at The Life of A Glasgow Girl for creating it and posting on Twitter!

The Rules
• Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post
• Put the rules at the beginning
• You can use the tag image somewhere in the post
• Answer the 13 questions
• Tag 13 people to do the tag
• Delete Question 13, add a new number one question of your own

1. What's your favourite thing about October? 
I love how the weather gets cooler and the nights get darker.
I can live in thick socks, chunky jumpers and jeans. I can wear my boots everyday and not have people look at me like I'm nuts (unlike in the summer).
I can drink hot chocolate with cinnamon until it's coming out my ears. 
With the darker nights, and cooler weather, I can huddle under blankets and read more.
The colours of the leaves are beautiful when going on walks... 
I love everything about October (and autumn).

2. Are you a big celebrator of Halloween? 
Yes and no... I mean, we have a few decorations that we put out. We carve pumpkins. We watch "Halloween" movies. We like trick-or-treating: both going trick-or-treating and answering the door to trick-or-treaters. Some years, there's Halloween parties (usually at friends houses) or special Halloween events we attend... I guess you could say we celebrate Halloween, and make some effort, but we don't go nuts.

3. What's your favourite horror movie?
I hate horror movies. 
I don't like being scared and I can't stand people who act too stupid to live (which seems to be a theme in horror movies). 

4. Would you rather a cosy night in watching horrors or a big night out in a costume?
How about a cosy night in watching campy/cutesy Halloween movies? I'll take one of those.
Otherwise, I guess I'm going out? (Please don't make me go out! I like nights in...)

This is a list of my favourite Halloween movies.

5. Which has been your most favourite costume to date? 
Erm... I'm pretty boring with my Halloween costumes and I'm usually a witch. I rock a pointy hat...
The kid always has cool costumes though (except one year where he was ill). 
Skeleton, Pirate, Grim Reaper, Ghost, Anubis, Minecraft Character (DanTDM), Harry Potter... This year, he's going steam punk even though there's no trick-or-treating.

6. Bobbing for apples or pin the hat on the witch? 
Bobbing for apples! Although, I haven't done that in over ten years.

7. How do you celebrate Halloween? 
In a pre-covid world, we'd usually come home from work/school, have a snack, get dressed up and one of us would take the kid trick-or-treating while the other manned the door. Then, after the trick-or-treating died down, we'd have dinner and watch a Halloween movie until bed time.

Usually, the weekend closest to Halloween, we'd be at my friend's Halloween party as she had one (that was kid friendly) every year.

This year? 
Probably carve some pumpkins, bake some spooky nibbles, play games, have food and watch movies. No trick or treating, socialising or parties thanks to covid. 

8. What's your least favourite horror? 
All of them! Every single one. 

9. Do you have a favourite trick or treating memory? 
I grew up in Scotland where trick-or-treating is called guising but despite it's ancient origins, guising wasn't really a thing when I was a kid. People in my village (and surrounding villages) had a major bug up their butt about kids knocking on doors and likened it to a form of begging... 👀
However, as my generation got older, and more insistent, it started taking off. 

The main difference between guising and trick-or-treating - that I can tell - is that to get given any kind of treat you needed to tell a joke, sing a song, perform a trick... Basically, you had to earn it. 
Black bin bags were a major feature of a lot of Halloween costumes... (Think shiny black bin bag with a hole cut in it for arms and head. *shudders*) and it sucked as it was nothing like it was in the movies/tv shows (probably because those that Halloween featured predominantly in were American). 
Frankly, I'm not sorry that Halloween in the UK has become "Americanised". 
It's more fun this way (and far less humiliating!)

10. What's your favourite thing about Halloween? 
The costumes and the whimsy. I love seeing people dressed up and having fun and Halloween is all about fun. It's cheerful, spooky and, oddly, celebratory. It doesn't take itself too seriously.

11. Scary costume or Silly costume? 
Both! I prefer silly as everybody can enjoy them but spooky/silly. I don't like dressing up as sweet cupcakes or ponies for Halloween. It's still got to be in keeping with spooky season, it just doesn't need to be gory or terrifying.

12. What's your favourite Halloween candy? 
I love pumpkin flavoured french fancies (little cakes with pumpkin icing and buttercream) but they're not really candy...

Candy-wise, probably somekind of taffy sweet like Chewits, Frutella or Maoams. But! I do like haribo.

13. Have you been on any Ghost Tours? If so, what was your most memorable?
I spent close to seven years living in Edinburgh. For four of those, I lived on one of the closes of the Royal Mile. I had Ghost Tour companies stop outside my building every night (about 4/5 times a night) as part of their tours...I love ghost tours! 
The Edinburgh ghost tours are my favourites but I'm heavily biased. If you ever get the chance to visit the city - go on a tour! Edinburgh has a fantastically spooky history and the tours bring it to life.


I'm not tagging anyone as it IS Halloween, but if any of you want to participate anyway, consider yourselves tagged!


  1. I never bobbed for apples, but I remember one year, my neighbor hung them from stings and we team devoured it. Could you imagine doing something like that these days. Crazy! Bring the sweater weather! I think you get to enjoy it more than I do here in NJ, but I so happy when it comes.

  2. School Halloween parties were had to sing a song or do a dance to get your present! I can't do either so it was humiliating! I wasn't much into the party-I only went because I had to AND the gift was usually the dreadful chocolate santas that tasted like cooking chocolate! UGH!

  3. I love horror movies, halloween decorations and haunted houses. I don't hand out candy or go trick or treating anymore though.

  4. This was fun to read. I love all of Little Dude's costumes. 🎃