Daddy Diary Townsville – October 2017
Halloween. It’s the one night of the year where it’s becoming totally normal to see ghosts, ghouls and goblins walking the streets of Townsville. And, it’s great.
Let me be 100 per cent transparent here. I’m not one of those ‘Halloween is American and should stay there’ kind of locals. I’m most certainly not one of those Halloween bashers. In fact, for me,
Halloween is everything I love:
•• Dress ups – Tick.
•• Spooky vibes – Tick, tick.
•• Lollies (or candy, if you really want to Americanise it) – Tick, tick, tick.
Halloween is definitely my kind of holiday celebration. And it’s clear, that it’s a trait I’ve passed onto my 3-year-old daughter, Matilda.
Halloween style dress-ups have become a bit of a thing in the Clifton house over the last few weeks. We can thank Australian Book Week for that. It’s the week of the year that scholastic kids drool over and the week that parents who haven’t got a crafty bone in their body dread. Well, the whole costume making bit anyway.
Our little book worm was actually pretty easy to deck out this year thanks to her love of children’s author Aaron Blabey. Az (as I’m sure he is known to his mates as) is best known for works Pig the Pug, Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas and of course, Thelma the Unicorn. The latter of which has quickly become my daughter’s number one. And thanks to a $7.99 unicorn horn my wife picked up, the costume was relatively easy to put together. Matilda loved it. She’s very been wearing the horn so much you’d be forgiven for thinking she’s a goat.
But it’s not just the costumes, creepy creatures and candy that I love about Halloween. It’s also about the other ‘c’. Community. Let’s be honest here, anything that gets Townsville kids out of the house and meeting their neighbours has got to be a good thing, right? As long as our little munchkins are properly supervised, I can’t see the harm.
That laid back, love thy neighbour vibe is what makes Townsville such a great place to live. So embrace it, even if you do have to give your local trick-or-treaters an apple from the fruit bowl due to a lack of lollies in the pantry. And actually, on that note, I’d like to apologise to the children of Willowbank Estate, Kirwan, for the packets of BBQ Shapes that we had to hand out to you last year. I promise this year we’ll be more prepared. Like taking candy from a unicorn.
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