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Halloween 2015 | #thescarehouse

Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Top Halloween DecorIt’s about this time every year that Ye Ole debate starts, you know, the one that starts with this gem; “ugh, I HATE Halloween, it’s so American humpfff”.

Yeah well, I pooh-pooh those haters and say BRING ON HALLOWEEN! 

Here are my Top 5 reasons for getting down with Halloween;

  1. Wearing costumes is fun and kids LOVE it!  Dressing up in a pumpkin suit never hurt anyone right?
  2. I’m all for a fun/one-off day each year that breaks up the monotony of the daily grind – be realistic, Halloween impacts at most, 6 hours of your year – why not enjoy it?
  3. Halloween is great for meeting your neighbours!  Many communities now plan amazing (and easy to organise) events that respect everyone’s decision to either be involved or abstain.
  4. Lollies are awesome!
  5. Decorating (see below) is super fun, inexpensive if you’re a savvy shopper and use what you have already, plus, Halloween is a great excuse for a party!

Halloween Decorating

Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Top Halloween Decor

I love decorating my mantlepiece every opportunity I get so I decided to up the anti and take #thescarehouse to a whole new level this year!  Before I began I went room-to-room collecting anything that fit my ‘brief’ – basically black, black and creepy.  I grabbed a print and coat hanger from Nixie’s room, some swallows off the wall (the orange paint was perfect!) some black and white pottery, a framed owl print, a calendar (turned to the 31st – All Hallows Eve :::::::whoooooo::::::) and a black clock.  Random and easy.

I then mixed these up with some inexpensive Halloween decor essentials from The Warehouse;

Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Top Halloween Decor

Skull Goblet Bone Colour $10, Hanging Small Skeleton $10, Skull Mug Bone Colour $10, Spooky Spiders $3, Spider Web with Spider $1, Skull with Moving Jaw $10, Skull Bone Bowl $10Dummy Gauze Cloth $10, Rubber Spiders – Check the toy department, Rubber Snakes – Check Toy Department.
Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Top Halloween Decor

If you don’t have a mantlepiece, get creative with a themed centrepiece and get ghoulishly ready for a creepy dinner party – Halloween is on a Saturday this year!  FYI, one of the $1 bags of cobwebs covered all four dining chairs! Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Top Halloween DecorTop Mummy Blog new Zealand Top Halloween DecorTop Mummy Blog new Zealand Top Halloween Decor Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Top Halloween Decor

And, it wouldn’t be Halloween without costumes would it?  Finding age appropriate costumes for littles is a bit tricky here in New Zealand, definitely easier if you have a little girl I think? Yes?  Princesses and fairy wings and all that?
Needless to say I was beyond excited to find this super-cute Pumpkin Costume for Nix also at The Warehouse, it’s comfy, not too hot and he can move easily in it – winning………….so far!  We’ll see how our Neighbourhood Fright Night works out lol.


So, I’ve got my decorations, costumes and Halloween treats all sorted, early too I might add!  If you’re keen to get spooky with The Warehouse this Halloween, you can shop the range online or visit your local store, and I’ve got a little helping hand to make Halloween even more fun!

(CLOSED)  Congratulations Rhiannon Young!

If you would like to win a $50 gift card from The Warehouse just let me know in the comments below; Halloween: YAY or NAY?

Contest closes 26/10/15 at 10pm.



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I live in rural Auckland, New Zealand. Two boys, one big, one not so big and 2 boy dogs belong to me and I them. I love Coca Cola in all of its sugar-less forms and I love you internet. I take way too many pictures of my kids and collect them all here. This is what I am doing when I should be cleaning or cooking or doing other 'useful' things.

72 thoughts on “Halloween 2015 | #thescarehouse”

  1. For me personally, Halloween isn’t a celebration that should be celebrated in the same way as the USA, as it isn’t a tradition for NZ.

  2. Yah Halloween! I love dressing up with my boy, it doesn’t last forever. I love looking at all the cute kids in costume that go all out, so adorable.

  3. It’s a NAY here. I just don’t want to encourage my kids to go door knocking for lollies. I do like the light party the local church puts on. I had a halloween in Canada when I was an exchange student – WOW, you wouldn’t believe the haul of candy we got 🙂

  4. Nay, but my kids are so keen I am having to relent with the public dress-up event this year 🙂 Pester power when you’re solo parenting is so much more effective isn’t it!

  5. A huge yay! From me I love Halloween so much and I have since I was a little kid I just wish everyone celebrated it like they do Christmas and decor their houses etc

  6. Yay to Halloween parties & private celebrations but not sure about the do0r-to do0r trick or treating. We get mainly older kids who have made so effort to dress up and an elderly friend who had run out of sweets had several flower pots damaged as a “trick” instead of a treat! It was not a pleasant experience for her.

  7. It’s a Nay for me …. although now my daughter is a bit older (17) she goes out with her friends. And our Coffee Group does a morning tea – I’d have to be a special kind of Grinch to keep Mr4 away from that!

  8. I have to say that I am abit of both. Yay to taking my kids to places they know such as grandparents etc but No to taking them to stangers. I do have treats for kids that also come by 🙂 May even dress up with the kiddies this year 🙂

  9. I love the idea of dressing up and having an organised event,FUN! I’m not keen on my kids going out trick or treating though.

  10. Definitely YAY! Can’t wait to do my house up next week!!! Will be taking some pointers from what I’ve read in this article :).

  11. I love the idea of getting all dressed up for Halloween. I’ve never done the trick or treating thing but the costumes make for a fantastic games night!

  12. YAY! I love Halloween, dressing up is so much fun. I can’t wait to pop in and check out the range at #TheScarehouse!

  13. Yay for us. While we won’t be engaging in the trick or treat part of it, we love a good dress up opportunity and a themed party to attend and celebrate the fun

  14. Now that I’ve got a little one, I’ll say yay and join in the fun! Love your mantelpiece – what a cool idea! We have a mantel piece and I never know what to put on it – often it just ends up with random odds and ends from around the house!

  15. Yay! It’s good fun to dress up, make yummy treats and watch scary movies 🙂 Not such a big fan of trick or treating though! Too many bad experiences – including getting dodgy treats and abusive teenagers at the door!

  16. YES!!! amd even more so now…last year on Halloween I did the best Trick and Treat…himebirth of our lil man Mykah 😀 it meant no trick or treating for older bros but this year we are so ready and now 2 reasons to go all out whoop whoop.

  17. Yay! My husband is American was a big part of his childhood, as well as just being a fun thing to do with our son. When I lived over there I saw how much everyone gets into it and wished we had it in NZ when I was growing up.

  18. I’m not a fan of it, but if my daughter wants to do it with her friends in our street I’m happy to let her have a go

  19. yay! BUT only if it’s not scary/’sexy’/ugly dress ups and it comes with an awesome family friendly party of some description!

  20. My little one is going to be a pumpkin too… she’s a bit smaller than Nixon so really hard to find anything that for but in true Halloween fashion I have adapted!! Will send a picture after Halloween! ! Love the blog am so going to decorate this year.

  21. Generally YAY, however this year has seen us move to our own house and seen me with some pretty major surgery (great for Halloween though), so I am feeling a bit unprepared for the whole next 2 months…

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