For those living outside of the Cayman Islands and not blessed with year-round sunshine, Halloween marks the start of a season full of wintery loveliness.
Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. In the United Kingdom it’s a hygge-lovers dream replete with bright, crisp mornings, beautifully vibrant leaves falling to the ground and cosy dark evenings sitting in front of a roaring fire, book in one hand, glass of wine in the other. Autumn indicates that a season of celebrations is around the corner — Halloween, Thanksgiving, Guy Fawkes Night, New Year’s Eve, and of course, the biggest celebration of them all, Christmas. Everyone becomes united in sharing these festivities with one another, and I couldn’t love it more.
While Halloween in the U.K. is celebrated, I had never seen anything quite like a “Cayman Halloween” before. Last year my son and I found ourselves at Webster’s Estate — we had it on good authority that this was the place to be for “trick-or-treating” — and it did not disappoint. I can honestly say I was utterly blown away by the scale of the costumes and decorations, the sheer volume of children in search of goodies and just how excited everybody was. It was a feast for the eyes and an even bigger feast for a certain little one’s belly.
I am so excited for my second Halloween in Cayman; however, I am going to try and make this year a little less about the candy. This year we will cast spells and make potions, paint pictures and read wonderful tales that unfold with every page, transporting my son to a wonderful world of make-believe where with imagination, anything is possible.
It will be a Halloween full of delightfully frightful characters and most definitely one with less of a sugar crash.
Here are some of my favourite Halloween book selections for kids available at Books & Books:
by Beatrice Costamagna
“One Little Monster”
by Mark Gonyea
“Samurai Scarecrow: A Very Ninja Halloween”
by Rubin Pingk
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”
by Charles M. Schulz
by Sandra Boynton