Why Halloween is my family's favourite night of the year

We all love Halloween.
We all love Halloween. Photo: Supplied

Halloween is our family's favourite event of the year, even beating Christmas and Easter.

Our family loves Halloween so much we started planning our costumes months ago.

At this stage, we have a skeleton holding a chainsaw, a person with a bloody knife through her head, a Harry Potter dog and Steven Universe. These could all change tomorrow, but that's all part of the fun, I guess.

Who wouldn't want to hang out with Dora?
Who wouldn't want to hang out with Dora?  Photo: Supplied

I'm thinking of coming as a tired, grumpy mum. Not much of a stretch, but it suits my mood right at this very moment.

Last year, my husband dressed as Dora – we are waiting curiously to see what this year's costume will be, but it will have to be good. Seeing a grown man dressed as Dora is pretty hard to top.

We all love Halloween.

Every year we look forward to it with much joy and excitement. I think partly because of the costumes, partly because of the lollies, but mostly because we always make a point to meet-up with lots of friends and make a party out of it.

We join other neighbourhood families and trick or treat through our local streets.

Although there are a lot of households who make it very clear they want no part of the festivities, it doesn't dampen our fun. That's a decision we respect and we avoid those places.

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But there's a heap of homes covered with ghoulish decorations and the residents wait inside eagerly to hand out treats to the kids.

Each year we decorate our home and leave out a bowl of treats for other kids to grab and when we're home, we all rush to the front door in our costumes to greet them.

Friends have BBQs which we love attending. The kids' play and the adults have a few wines to dull the squealing, as the inevitable sugar rush sets in.

After we've spent hours walking from house-to-house, catching up with friends, and meeting loads of new people, we all make our way home with sore feet and sticky, lolly-covered faces.

And, one of the best parts is, the whole experience can be done for very little money.

You don't need to buy expensive costumes. You don't need to buy expensive lollies. You don't even need to buy anything. You could get the kids to write out jokes to hand out to other kids, if you don't want to buy treats.

Throw a bit of toilet paper across your front fence. Make a scary sign and stick it on your front door.

Costumes can be sourced from within your own cupboards. Lipstick used for blood. Black eyeliner for cat's whiskers.

It's all about creating memories with your children that are fun. Nobody has to buy presents, you don't have to spend a fortune on chocolate eggs and there are no frantic phone calls months out from the event to fight about who is hosting lunch or what salad to bring.

There's no pressure. It's mostly about getting out in your community and meeting people who live in your neighbourhood.

Who cares if it's an American tradition? We live in a global community now – we should embrace different festivities of all cultures.

Life can be a drag. Parents are stressed. Kids are busy. Many people live isolated lives away from their families. Halloween is a chance to open your doors and connect with those around you.

For one evening you dress up, look stupid, connect with strangers, share a smile, hold your kids hand, put down your phone and spend time together.

And that's why Halloween is our most favourite celebration in our home.