A Homebody Halloween Weekend

October 30, 2020 in Seasonal

Halloween is a big deal in our house. Always has been, always will be. But it’s especially important now that our (almost!) 3 year old lives and breathes Halloween. Yes it’s a shame that we can’t take him out trick or treating for the first time but we’re still going to have lots of fun at home! And I thought it might be nice to share our Halloween weekend plans with you today so here’s what we’ll be getting up to…

1. Getting My Flu Jab

Let’s start with the boring stuff, shall we? It’s time for my annual flu jab – woop woop! I was diagnosed with asthma back in 2017 while I was pregnant and this year has been especially rough on my respiratory system so it’ll be good to protect myself a little bit.

Alas, we will be walking to the GP surgery. And yes, it will be raining. So that will be fun. Not.

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2. Celebrating Our Anniversary

My husband and I got married on the 28th of October last year so we’ve recently celebrated our first anniversary! We don’t really do big celebrations but we’ll be celebrating this weekend with a yummy spaghetti bolognese and a teeny gift swap.

3. Reading All The Books

If you’ve visited my blog at all in the last few months, you’ll know I’m all about the books. And sure, I normally read at the weekend. But this is both Halloween weekend and the start of non-fiction November so it’s going to be a little bit more bookish than normal.

I’m currently reading Pet by Akwaeke Emezi and Ghostly which is an anthology of ghost stories edited by Audrey Niffenegger who is well known for writing The Time Traveler’s Wife. (Which I have not read and do not intend to – sorry not sorry.)

Anyway… I’m loving Pet so far. I really enjoyed Emezi’s The Death of Vivek Oji which I read as a review copy earlier this year and their writing is just stunning. Definitely becoming a favourite of mine. 

As for Ghostly, well… let’s just say that I love ghost stories in general but collections of short stories tend to put me into a reading slump. And I can feel that happening here too so I’ve started to DNF stories that I don’t mesh with just to kind of get it finished? My favourite so far was Secret Life, With Cats by Audrey Niffenegger. So yeah, we shall see what happens!

And then I want to dive straight into my November TBR. Why? Because the first book on my list for non-fiction November is Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America. It’s a collection of essays about intersectional feminism as it relates specifically to Trump’s presidency and I think that sounds like a really powerful and important read, maybe even more so now than when it was released. So yeah, I want to get that out of the way before the election results come in. 

And hey, if you’re a reader from the US – you know what you gotta do. Go vote.

4. Watch All The Movies

With all that reading, there’s not too much time left for movies but it’s Halloween, there’s always time to squeeze in some spooky(-ish) films! I’m hoping to stick on Halloweentown at some point because that’s a nostalgic childhood movie if ever there was one. We’ll probably also watch at least one of the Hotel Transylvania movies because the little one loves them. He’s so obsessed in fact that he actually quotes them. And also he looks like the spitting image of Dennis!

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5. Eat All The Candy!!

Okay, this one is a lie because I’m trying to lose weight. But again, it’s Halloween. There will be an excess of sugar consumed in our household and I’m not even mad about it. We’re definitely more of a ‘treat family’ than a ‘trick family’ haha.

I think we *might* even make some Halloween-y baked goods! Only time will tell!

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So those are our Halloween weekend plans! What are you up to this weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Ellie-M October 30, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    You kist reminded me to get flu jab, thanks! I have no kids but ill still be watching my favourite from my childhood – Hocus Pocus all the way!
    Happy anniversary! x

    • Hayley October 30, 2020 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks Ellie, you can’t go wrong with Hocus Pocus! 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Bookfever October 30, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Due to the pandemic there’s not much to do for Halloween. Usually I’d go to a fun Halloween market but rightfully so it got canceled so just gonna watch some Halloween movies. I’ll be starting with The Nightmare Before Christmas!

    • Hayley November 5, 2020 at 2:36 pm

      Ooh, a Halloween market? That sounds fun! Hope you enjoyed your Halloween movies, Stephanie! 🙂

  • Jaya Avendel October 30, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Sounds like you are having a fun Halloween regardless! Reading books, (hopefully also writing some new reviews) watching seasonal movies, and eating candy? I want to be in your house right now. 🙂

    • Hayley November 5, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      It was a pretty good Halloween, thanks Jaya! And of course – there’s a brand new review waiting for you already haha. 🙂

  • Smelly socks and garden peas October 30, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Yey for flu jabs. I had mine last week too and our wedding anniversary on 24th. We had takeaway and chocolate to celebrate 11 years. Congratulations on your first.

    • Hayley November 5, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you so much, congratulations on your 11th! 🙂

  • Britt K October 31, 2020 at 1:15 am

    There is still trick or treating going on here in Ontario, Canada, with the exception of a few areas that have been flagged as ‘hot spots’, so we will still have trick or treaters knocking at our door. My husband and I have invited some friends over. We’re all going to hang out, watch horror movies, play cards and take turns handing out treats each time we hear the door. It’ll be a fun, low key Halloween.

    • Hayley November 5, 2020 at 2:52 pm

      Aww that sounds like a lovely and semi-normal Halloween! Hope you had a great time. 🙂

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