Casual Friday’s – A 2018 Slightly Disney Inspired Halloween

I’m pretty envious of kids in Australia nowadays. October brings with it stores where shelves are stocked with grim grinning pumpkins,Β ugly old hags, creepy skulls my child self would have jumped on at the chance.

Celebrating Halloween just wasn’t done in the 90s and early 00s Australia. *womp womp*

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And yes, I chose to upload my ‘Casual Friday’s’ post on a Wednesday as it is after all the spirit of Halloween!

Last year as I pushed the grocery trolley around my local supermarket I was pleasantly surprised with the huge pallet of pumpkins sitting in the corner of the vegetable section. Was I tempted to buy one? Yes. Have I got a clue how to carve a pumpkin for Halloween? Well no but I’m sure there’s a YouTube video somewhere.

It still sparked something within me. Later that week I headed over to Target and bought what would be some of my first Halloween Decor items of the season. Having your own house means you get to do whatever you want really. So I decided my entryway was going to be transformed into a Halloween Spooktacular Event!

Note: No children and their parents following behind them visited my home last year. But it hasn’t stopped me this year.

With the help of my wonderful cousin Anna in Florida, USA I was able to purchase some, you guessed it, Halloween Disney Decor. I mean I’m all for Disney everything at any time of the year but celebrating with the two mice just make it seem so much more special.

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I couldn’t pass up another pair of Minnie Ears USD$24.99
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Mickey Pumpkin Votive Candle Holder USD$16.99

Both were purchased here.

Welcome Foolish Mortals, to the Haunted Mansion!

Okay not exactly the HM ride you’ll find at Disneyland and Walt Disney World however, on with the tour!

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Last year I found a couple of these cute Mickey & Minnie witch and wizard, vampire bats and pumpkin stencils on Pinterest
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I free handed these as at the time, I didn’t own a printer to print the stencils

 

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β™«”It’s really not so scary”β™«
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These 3 spooky candle holders I purchased from Target last year. I placed LED tea lights in them
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Who could have woven this web?
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Aha! Have a chocolate, if you dare!

I purchased a bag of Halloween Candy from Costco. It has cute little pictures on each individual wrapper, all Halloween themed.

I was very underwhelmed by the Australian supermarkets poor marketing attempts this year. It didn’t work on me *cackles*. I just found that placing bags of original chocolates in big orange coloured boxes with ‘Halloween’ and ‘spooky’ written all over the box, that are not in anyΒ way, shape or form different from how you sell chocolates 365 days a year really disappointing *sighs*

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Birthday flowers from my husband, the colour was just perfect and once they wilted, created an even better effect!

I really hope you enjoyed this weeks Casual Friday’s Post.

Stay spooky and enjoy trick or treating!

So from my home to yours,

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*evil laugh*

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Casual Friday’s – My Obsession with America

I was a young, envious girl of 13 or 14 desperately asking my uncle who was, embarking on his first trip to the USA to bring me back candy. And gum. Plenty of ‘flat gum’ which was what I called it. I’d never seen such a thing in Australia, we’re accustomed to smaller pieces of it and pellets. Nonetheless, I was so obsessed with trying this thin, but large, rectangle pieces of gum I’d seen Americans struggling to stuff into their mouths.

Yes, to answer the burning question. He did bring me back gum and various other candy and chocolate bars which made a teenage me quite happy indeed. I was living like an American, eating American snacks!

I spent many an evening with my husband (then boyfriend) watching TV Documentaries dedicated to Disney World. All about the parks and water parks, rides and attractions, character meet and greets, fireworks, food, shopping and entertainment.Β 1 hour long shows were my jam.

Although a slow torturous hour for a certain someone, he watched it with me though. I can update that his opinion of all things Disney has changed forever when we travelled to Florida as part of our Honeymoon in Nov ’15.

Why am I so obsessed with living in the USA

I think it all stems back from TV and movies really. American media heavily influences our TV channels and so I, like a moth to a flame became attracted to the amazing things their country had to offer. Another reason is my subtle annoyance to my maternal grandparents. You see, they had the option to move to either Australia or the USA when they immigrated from the former Yugoslavia. They chose Australia and yes, I probably wouldn’t have been born if that was the case but I can’t help but feel they made the wrong choice. I mean I could have technically been born right? Just half an American *fantasises*

You see life in Australia is quite mellow, so to speak. Now I don’t want to go around offending anyone and I’m certain I will attract some people here who will say you’re crazy for wanting to move away from Australia. But I do. It’s just not as interesting as what the USA has to offer.

My cousins shy away at the thought of coming ‘down under’ and I strongly believe it’s because we have nothing here! Okay let’s not hate on Australia.

Why I love Australia

  • Our laid back personalities are molded from our country, being the world’s largest island has something to do with it right?
  • Beaches. I’m a summer girl through and through and while yes I complain of the heat, I’d prefer the sunny, eye searing, blistering heat than the cloudy, dark, grey clouds and rain any day.
  • We have a lot of good weather. It makes me feel happier internally/mentally.
  • The Wiggles. Yes OG 90s Wiggle Child here. They’re one of the best in child entertainment that actually were a success.

Alas, I struggle daily with the thoughts of moving overseas. To a place where Disney items, memorabilia, products and foods are much more accessible. Where we’re free to choose to vote and not fined a sum of money, free to throw our Jury Duty letter in the bin without having to screw around at a court all day trying to get out of it.

Oh and Hershey’s Chocolates

They’re such an iconic chocolate brand in the USA. I remember offering some of my high school friends some Hershey’s Kisses chocolates from my stash my uncle brought home. I can tell you, hardly any of them liked the chocolate. I feel like it’s an acquired taste? But for me it didn’t take too long to acquire a taste for them lol.

I put it out there that a change will come. A change I’m willing to jump at at any chance, where I’ll then be able to chew all the ‘flat gum’ I want.

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