Monday 23 October 2017

Joy of Halloween - Share the Joy Linky

Welcome to this week's Share the Joy Linkup. As we countdown to Halloween Night on October 31st, I have been thinking about all the joyful and fun Halloweens of my childhood in USA. My favourite Halloween memories include cheerful Halloween decorations, carved pumpkins (aka Jack-O-Lanterns) and homemade costumes. Every year my mother would make my siblings and I new costumes on her sewing machine. Over the years, our costumes have included dressing as rabbits, bears, french clowns, jester clowns and Disney characters (Snow White, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse). My mother even made an amazing of Queens of Heart costume for my Senior Year in high school. We were very lucky that we had a mother that encouraged us be creative with our costumes every year.  
Every year we would head to the local pumpkins patch to pick a pumpkin fresh off the vine. My parent's rule was that you could have any size pumpkin as long as you could carry it. The older we got the bigger the pumpkins were. Also, we would often take school field trips to pumpkin patch with our fellow school mates. We would trick-or-treat around our current and past neighbourhoods which allowed our past neighbours to see how much we had grown over the past year. My mother has a huge collection of cute and cheerful Halloween decorations. 
The last couple years in England, I have noticed that Halloween is being celebrated more each year and many more children are started the new tradition of carving pumpkins. My daughter really enjoys the tradition of trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving each year. Unfortunately, the retail stores are filled with scary and often bloody costumes. I would love to see more children in the UK use their imagination to make original, homemade costumes like those created for World Book Day each year. Some of my favourite Halloween costumes that my friends wore when I when I was younger did not cost much and often were from items round around the home.

Have you decided on a Halloween costume for this year? 

This week, I am hosting the Share the Joy Linky! Thank you everyone that linked up their Share The Joy posts over at Virtually All Sorts last week.  


Share the Joy is the happiness-focused linky.  Bloggers, writers, artists, poets, if creating something made you laugh out loud, opened your heart, raised your spirits or just made you smile – you’re welcome here.

1) Link up a creation that has brought you JOY – all genres are welcome, new or old favourites and as many links as you like!

2) Include the Share the Joy badge (below) or a text link back to this page in your own post.

3) Please comment on one of our hosts’ posts and a few others. Let’s Share the JOY through commenting!

A new "Share the Joy" linky every Monday and runs for a whole week, so you’ll never be too late. And don’t forget to tweet me @LadybugHome1 and also @lizzie_roles , @AllSortsHere and @SpiritKidNet the URL to your post using the hashtag #ShareTheJoyLinky so we can retweet it.

Feel free to invite your friends to join in – JOY is always better when it’s shared!
Share The Joy Linky @ Ladybug Home


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