Call me a wimp, but I’ve never been a fan of skulls, spiders and blood at Hallowe’en (erm, or the rest of the year, come to think of it) – I much prefer jolly fat pumpkins, friendly ghosts, stripy-stockinged witches, symmetrical bats and the like…
So, when it comes to choosing Hallowe’en decorations, I have to sift through a lot of gore to find stuff I fancy. This year, I’ve found just what I’m looking for at one of my favourite shops, Wilko (www.wilko.com for those of you without a store nearby).
My top pick for this year is their awesome terracotta pumpkin lantern, above, £5. He’s just the right side of evil, and means you don’t have to faff about with spoons and squelchy innards – just pop in a tealight and he’s ready to greet trick or treaters.
I also like the fun paper chains, above (£1 for a pack of small ones or £2 for jumbo ones); the cute wreath, £4 and treat bucket, 50p…
… also the stylish Raven tealight bags, £3; and string lights, £4 for ten…
… and the black glitter Happy Hallowe’en sign, £2.50 for the door; and the sweet little cookie cutters, £2.50 for three.
What’s more, the very kind people at Wilko have given me a box of these goodies, pictured below, to give away to one lucky Treasure Hunter reader! All you have to do is answer the question below, and email me (with the address to send your prize if you win*) at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 23rd October. The winner will be picked at random and receive their goodies in time for Hallowe’en**.
Fill in the blank in this name of a children’s cartoon character:
“xxxxxxxxx the friendly ghost”
TRICK OR TREAT! One reader will win all this
Oh, and while we’re on the subject of competitions, CONGRATULATIONS to Laura Brockway, the winner of my competition to win eight knobs from Trinca-Ferro (www.trinca-ferro.com); and Conny Tam, the runner-up, who receives two knobs of her choosing.
*UK readers only I’m afraid. **As long as Royal Mail deliver it on time!