Halloween is coming up and although this isn't normally a holiday I go in for, this year is different. This year I went and spent €40 on fake spider webs, black balloons and orange paper napkins. This year I have plans to make a cake topped with an entire Playmobil family (along with their tasteful living room set) being terrorized by a Playmobil zombie! That's because we're having a Halloween party! During the past few months of this column, I have told you all that I do not like fireworks, the beach or crowds. In short, I am a prime candidate for becoming a grumpy old lady. That is precisely why, every now and then, I feel that it is healthy for me to break out and do something totally uncharacteristic. Like having a party during which I plan to ply 26 energetic six-year olds with copious amounts of candy!
Also, I was inspired by my son Nico's desires to dress as an invented superhero named 'Blue Face' who wears, among other things, a swimming cap, a knight's hood and H&M monster print pajamas. I decided that 'Blue Face' must be given an opportunity to show his stuff! Surprisingly, the alter ego of 'Blue Face' is a bit apprehensive about my party idea and he has insisted that he be nowhere in sight while I pass out the invitations to his classmates tomorrow. When I asked him why he was feeling embarrassed about the idea, his response was "Well, Mommy, I just think that some of those Catalaners are going to think it's a little weird that you're inviting them to something that is very American in a place that there are going to be A LOT of accents..." Um, okaaaaay.
So what about you guys? Any plans to humiliate your children in a similar fashion to the one I have planned? Like maybe you're thinking about showing up at school lunchtime dressed as a goblin and speaking loudly to all your kid's friends with your best George Bush accent? Or do you have better ideas for how to celebrate (or not) this "very American" holiday? If you need any suggestions, check out the events below! Also, if you know of some events that aren't listed, please let us know about them in the comments section!
Halloween 2011 Events for Kids
- The Hard Rock Cafe (Plaça Catalunya) is having its annual Lil' Monster Mash Halloween breakfast. The event takes place on Sunday, October 30th from 10am. There will be music, entertainment and a full buffet. Kids should come in costume!
Adults €14.50; children €9.50 and Under twos FREE; Reservations are necessary. Tel. 93 270 2305
- Hallowe'en Minidisco for five year olds and above. Disco and party games. Sitges Playgroup, Pau Barrabeig 16, Sitges. Sunday, October 30th, 5-7pm. Price—€10, includes drinks, nibbles and a raffle ticket.
All the money will go towards helping Sitges Playgroup, a non profit- making parent and toddlers group, meet their expenses. Book your place through email@example.com
- Fish and Chips in the Raval will be hosting their annual Halloween party on Monday, October 31st. There will be games and crafts activities plus trick-or-treating on the Ramble del Raval!
Rambla. del Raval, 26. Tel. 93 441 1134
- The Benjamin Franklin International School Annual Halloween Party is Friday, October 28th, at 6pm. Admission is free, and games, food and drink are paid for with tickets (€1/ticket). Tickets will be available to buy at the event.
The Halloween Party offers a bouncy house, carnival games, a costume parade, a haunted house and more. There will be a 'Ghostly General Store' where kids can buy American style Halloween candy. Also, hamburgers, botifarra, side dishes, desserts, and a bar. Recommended for families with kids from 3-18.
Benjamin Franklin International School: Martorell i Peña, 9. Here’s a link to a map.