|Carving Pumpkins 1979|
During the 1970's kids in the UK didn't really Trick or Treat, or dress up or even really celebrate Halloween. It was something the Americans did in movies, not many Families in East London. However, that changed for us when we were lucky enough to spend Halloween in Canada in 1979.
They really celebrate it in style over there and I was totally fascinated by all the decorations, everywhere I looked including MacDonald's (something else I had never tried until Canada). My Aunt & Uncle introduced my parents to Happy Meals. Mum was quite strict with us eating healthy food and she rarely bought takeaway food, so I can't actually ever remember visiting Maccie D's before, and boy did we enjoy it, especially as the free novelty gift was a special Halloween certificate for a dollar, me and my younger Brother were thrilled.
We also carved our first pumpkins in Canada, something I totally loved doing and still do. In fact, my experience of Halloween in Canada left a big impression on me and I have always liked to make an effort with my own kids, including thinking up clever ideas for our pumpkins...