Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Down Halloween memory lane

How was your Halloween? Pretty quiet around here without the grandchildren; no trick and treaters knocking at the door. 

I have always loved this time of the year. My birthday is the 29th, Halloweeen is on the 31st and then we have Bonfire Night on the 5th November.  I also love this photograph of a brass candlestick taken by my daughter while we were on the Isle of Wight last week. Spooky!

During the 1980's/1990's, we lived in Hong Kong and during our first week there (in September 1984) we met an American family who became our dear friends. We were all staying in a Hotel on Kowloon side at the time. My girls attended an English Foundation School on the Peak and their daughters were at the American International School in Repulse Bay. Although we used to celebrate Halloween back home in the UK, nothing could have prepared us for the hospitality afforded us by our friends. The girls were invited to join the party at the American school and then participate in trick and treating around the American community near the school. Panic bells rang when the word 'costumes' was mentioned... We were living in a Hotel with only the luggage that accompanied us, awaiting our shipment from the UK. I had no sewing machine and hadn't, as yet, discovered the fabric market. I managed to 'cobble' together two pixie outfits utilizing the girls' ballet leotards and tights as a base. I found some stripy fabric and two bells in a street bazaar and fashioned them into two pixie hats. The girls were 8 and 6 years old at the time and looked so cute. To get to the party, we had to walk down to the Harbour, take the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island, then a bus ride to Repulse Bay. What an adventure and probably one of our most memorable Halloween events, being our introduction to the American way of celebrating this fun night.

Here are the grandchildren before heading off to their party at the Kennels last Sunday. 

They had a wonderful time.

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