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posted by Natalie Paddick

HALLOWEEN..............
EVIL PROSPERS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING ............
My children, love Halloween, as a child I was pretty indifferent..... except for a couple of exciting incidents ...But for some reason when the children were little I made a big deal of it .. Another reason for a party... And we have continued the big parties right up to now ...

I would spend hours creating outfits making up games for them; giving them all gloves for safety before lighting sparklers; but only after my yearly speech on how dangerous sparklers can be!!! And pointing out where the water bucket was, where they can deposit their spent sparklers.... Adults are just kill joys!! ... Ohh!! Just to touch the red hot poker of a sparkler that has finished, it’s so mesmeric it calls me to touch it as it glows!! ...  I can confirm that this is not a good idea as a child I did just that and I can further confirm that the red hot wire welds to your skin!! It’s painful!!! 

The other Halloween I remember as a child, was earlier on that day my uncle won me a “Sally Long Legs Doll” made of straw, she had a loop on her head, which was attached to my wrist. At the Halloween Party later that evening; I span her round and round and round in front of the bonfire, suddenly she became her very own Catherine Wheel; (if anyone remembers them? They always span themselves of the rusty nail they were attached too flinging itself alight and spinning into the crowd of young expectant children’s faces! Lethal!! ) Any way it was fantastic; her legs were ablaze!!  I just kept spinning her. Shards of crackling straw snowed down on my face, hair and clothes. Very quickly Sally’s body was completely ablaze and was becoming more difficult to spin her around my ever hotter hand. A shrill scream from the house; my grandmother and suddenly all eyes were on me.... Arms grabbing at Sally and me, but she was not to be moved! The adults stopping my hands from moving meant that she set alight my highly inflammable anorak, which incidentally I disliked ... Sally and I were ablaze ... I could smell my hair burning. Like all these things, it all went into slow motion; people pulling, pushing and slapping at the flames. Stamping the ground as my anorak and Sally melted .......... 

I remember gasp and then suddenly the light’s went out; my eyes blinded by the force, the dribbling melting cold feeling running down my face. The cursing of my uncles and the shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh as the fire was put out. My nostrils were filled with rancid smell of burning. While all else were panicking my quick thinking grandfather had thrown the bucket of water which we were later going to use for apple bobbing all over me, soaking me and my uncles and “Sally No Legs”.... One of my uncles ripped the remains of her burnt head from my wrist..... It was exciting ....
 
Once my beloved mother realised that I was fine; she went into a complete fit of the vapours ... And all eyes and attention were on her... I was sent into the house with my grandmother to be de-frocked and dried ... 

I had no particular idea that I was in any danger at the time..... But as a result I do not take children’s safety lightly ... Really your children are safe in my hands!!! .....
 
So I have always wanted to make the Halloween Parties thrilling for the children .... Each year my idea’s on parties got larger and more expansive ... Frankly they became epics!! But this particular party was one beasty year... We had nearly 8 acres of garden and woodland at the time. I saved all the jam jars and glass containers over the year, filled them with candles and dotted them around the outside of the house. The children carved fifteen pumpkin's, which we filled with t-lights. All their friends were to bring a carved pumpkin which we lit and displayed around the garden. We had candles burning at all the windows of the house ... It looked great ...

A large stainless steel barbeque with a chimney on, (one of our designs), which was full of burning wood crackling in front of the house. As evening fell it had a great spooky atmosphere. Children arrived and were given an old ink pen with a feather on top dipping it into either blue, green or red ink to sign their names on an old piece of parchment, (tea stained pieces of paper.) Once they had signed their names, they had to throw the paper into the fire. Yes you have it ... Harry Potters Goblet of Fire .... 


Blood coloured drinks were dispensed to the children and wine to the adults ..... Excitement was mounting, more children arrived in their beautiful Halloween outfits throwing their names into the Bizarre-Beque of Fire .... The night was dark and cold but luckily clear.... On the table was a old boom box, smoke from the smoke machine was billowing into the cold nights air ... It was time to start the game ...... I managed to get silence and told the audience that I had been sent an owl earlier in the day from the Ministry of Magic on a very important issue relating to the escape of a dangerous Wizard from Azkaban .... Please listen to the recorded message sent to me by the Ministry .... Fortunately I had a theatrical upbringing and I am a good mimic ... 

Switching on the tape out screeched Rita Skeeter’s voice .... (mine) Dia Warning to any young wizards or witches out tonight they will have to be very careful as the mad evil wizard Known as Scar-Faced Paddick has escaped from Azkaban Prison and it’s believed he is heading to this house, he has taken Harry Potter hostage. Be warned that the ministry have sent death eaters to patrol the gates and the perimeters of the house ... They must not be approached!!! ..... You young wizards and witches have to save Harry Potter by sending a lighted message into the sky ... Go out into the woods and gardens, there you will find hidden seven messages which will tell you where to find the seven keys of freedom ....You will see and hear many things out there, but be strong ...... We have to save Harry Potter.... You must keep your eyes open for 400 glow sticks hidden in the woods.... Collect them and bring them back to the front of the house so we can spell out Harry Potter’s name on the lawn ..... Please wait until you hear the sound of the shooting firework ..... Yup!! I got their attention!!!

The firework exploded into the sky and off they all ran .. To be fair some ran more enthusiastically than others!! ... I mean they all had torches ... they will be fine!! I should point out that I had spent over a week setting this up. Putting signs up, caldrons full of gunk; which they had to put their hands in to get the key’s out. Polystyrene putrid cats, hung in the trees, slimy frogs, rigged to fall on them. Stuffed Halloween figures all over the grounds. The wood had been rigged with 48 different spooky noises which, we could set off by remote control .... But the really, really best bit ... was we hired a man to walk around the woods as the escaped convict wizard.... Who was primed to sneak up behind the children and put his hand on their shoulders ... Brilliant ..... And Spooky and pretty terrifying stuff!!

As the children ran into the darkness they disappeared from sight into the woods .... We started setting off some of the sounds ..... Their screams were so loud .... Some of the children ran back toward the house saying that they saw someone out there in the darkness!! It was great fun, it went on for about 45 minutes until the children had collected all the key’s and the lawn was lit up with Harry Potters name..... There was only one slight hitch... The poor man wizard Scar-Faced Paddick emerged out of the woods and into all our sight. Some of the teenage boys took it upon themselves to charge him and knock him to the ground... They had to be pulled of by some of the parents. I think they were over excited! I suppose it was a bit of an adrenaline rush!!??

The end of this production ended up in the courtyard where we had hidden hundreds of sweets for the children to find in an allotted time, before the wicked wizard entered the courtyard to catch them.....

Finally it was time for food and more wine for the adults, I can tell you I was ready for a large glass! As I raised my glass to my lips ... My mother charged into the kitchen .... Screaming ............. Lesley; (my beloved sister in-law), has fainted ........... Too much excitement!!! Never a dull moment in my life!!
 
PS. Lesley after a week in hospital was fine ... Bring on the next Halloween Party ......!!! 



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