Hey, are you planning a Halloween party this year?
We love Halloween in our house. My kids like to plan their outfits from around September onwards – my youngest wants to dress up as a Disney princess, but my oldest is determined he’s going to be a Zombie. Nice. Hubbie likes Halloween too and he started talking about us having a party this year, as we owe a lot of our friends and family and who doesn’t love a bit Halloween fancy dress?
When he started talking about the party, I groaned at first and then I thought – actually, I could put some displays out in the garden. It could work really well and a lot of my friends haven’t yet seen what I’ve been doing with the garden ever since I started my new hobby. I think this could work well!
So first off – well I’m too late to have grown my own pumpkins and squashes this year, but I do plan to grow them next year. I’ve researched it and I’d like to try the popular Jack O’Lantern variety because you can get a 10-20 pound pumpkin (that’s a lot of pumpkin pie). You need to plant them in rich soil, apparently, and sow the seeds 6-8 inches apart.
Pumpkins need 110-140 days of frost-free growing and about six hours of direct sunlight a day. You should also feed them regularly to make sure they get all the nutrients they need to grow well.
I guess if I plant them in early summer, I’ll have pumpkins in time for next Halloween Well, that’s next year sorted then, but this year I’ll need to just buy my pumpkins from the local Walmart like everyone else!
What I plan to do for my Halloween party this year is get Hubbie to carve out five or six pumpkins and I’ll use them to light up the path up to our door. I think it’ll look pretty awesome and it’ll show off my new lawn and the fab wrought iron railings.
There are some great candles and decorations you can buy too, and I thought I’d get some of them too for my outdoors to make it extra spooky, and I’ll get some fairy lights for the house and our decking.
Hubbie wants to do a bonfire too. I wasn’t too sure because I was worried about safety, but he’s promised me he’ll do everything to make sure it’s safe. He’ll wheel out the barbecue too so that we can have hot dogs and burgers while standing round the fire. He muttered something about fireworks too, so I’ll definitely have to invite all of our neighbours as otherwise people might get bugged because of the noise.
We’ll definitely be having pumpkin pie and maybe some roasted pumpkin, seeing as we’re going to have so much left over pumpkin from all that carving. I might do toffee apples too, and hot chocolate with marshmallows. (Us adults will have a slug of brandy or Jack Daniels in ours!)
Now, I need to go off and make a lot of lists – there’s so much to do and I haven’t even decided what costume I’m going to be wearing yet!