Monday, October 26, 2015

Spooking out

While some fancy horse races are about to be staged in Melbourne, for my kids it's all about Halloween this coming weekend.  Although I feel a bit ambivalent about its commercialisation and American heritage (I never trick or treated as a child), my children absolutely love Halloween.  It's right up there with Christmas and Easter and this year, we're not only trick or treating in my street but have also been invited to a neighbour's Halloween party afterwards, which is huge!
Image via Savers
My past few weekends have been a bit of a blur with children's sport and birthday parties to go to but this weekend, Mr Rosanna and I also headed to the Greensborough Savers store Halloween shop  with the kids - Savers sells both new and used costumes and the check out chick dressed up as Marilyn Monroe complete with blond wig told me they're expecting to sell out before Halloween.  You can also find Halloween and other costumes locally at the Blokker Discount & Party Goods shop which has moved from Beetham Parade to Lower Plenty Road in the Rosanna Village shops.  I love a dress up at the best of times so Mr R and I are also fully kitted out for this coming weekend.
Image via Wikipedia
Speaking of costumes, The Dressmaker movie opens this Thursday and I think I would go and watch the film just for the sublime outfits designed by Marion Boyce (from Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries) and Margot Wilson, as well as sourced from vintage store Retropolitan in the US. I love that Kate Winslet's character Tilly carries a vintage Singer sewing machine as one of her accessories.

There's also a free Halloween-tinged music event from 1 - 4 pm in The Singing Gardener Returns at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen with head gardener Dugald's band Lectric Catfish playing blues and roots music with a touch of pop and classic rock inspired by the supernatural for Halloween.  BYO picnic and drinks at Crescent House in the Sculpture Gardens and Park.
Image via Museum Victoria
And while it's already sold out this coming Sunday, the Mexican Day of the Dead Workshop at the Immigration Museum (part of North South Feast West at Museum Victoria) would have been pretty sensational if you like Mexican food and tequila.   I love that Mexicans celebrate and remember the lives of friends and family who have passed away with their Day of the Dead public holiday, which is where the original meaning of Halloween also came from with All Hallow's Eve.

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