The festival of ghosts and ghouls has slowly crept up again. I can’t quite work out how it happened.
Last time I blinked I swear it was Easter so just how time has fast forwarded right through to Halloween must be the work of the supernatural.
While every year I vow to be one of those Pinterest mums with the hand crafted Jack-o-Lantern, the Halloween mason jars filled with organic cobwebs and wheatgrass witches and the handmade, slightly ironic costume, the fact is I am hopelessly unorganized.
Each year it’s a last minute rush to the $2 store to try to buy some fake teeth and a sawn off hand or two and each year I am hopelessly late and they are sold out.
As I’ve stumbled along each year doing the best with what I have along the way I’ve learnt some valuable tips:
1. Create your own Jack-o-Lantern balloons.
You are going to rush out to the local store anyway so while you are there grab some purple and orange balloons. Draw some ghoulish faces onto the inflated balloons with permanent marker and you have a Jack-o-Lantern without the skills required to carve a real one.
"Draw some ghoulish faces onto the inflated balloons with permanent marker." Image: iStock.