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Halloween – Fun or Fakery?

It is October now and of course this means that certain things occur. There’s the obligatory trip to the shoe shop for warm boots, wellies, and a top up of gloves, hats and scarves. There is conker hunting (great for kids and a worry for car drivers who now have to watch out for kids darting out into the road to grab that shiny just out of reach conker) and of course there is Halloween.

Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve is observed around the world every year on 31st October. There is some debate regarding the origins of the festival as some profess that it has links to Pagan traditions, particularly the Celtic Samhain, while others claim that there are links to early Christianity. Today the reasoning behind the celebration seems to have been lost in sweets, costumes and ‘trick or treating’.

Halloween is celebrated in a big way across the pond in North America especially. Over here in the UK, Halloween has become more established in recent years and everyone from the supermarkets to the schools get involved.

I am torn about this holiday. Lord Dodo, who has now gotten over that incident where some sticky candy got stuck in his beak last year just before he was due to speak at a stationery event (most humiliating for such a proud bird), also has reservations about the day. While he is possibly not quite as anti-Halloween as myself, Lord Dodo has however decided to perch his feathery self upon the fence and ponder the Halloween debate further as he isn’t convinced with any certainty either way about the validity of the celebration. Don’t get me wrong, I am no Scrooge and adore Christmas and other holidays yet Halloween simply doesn’t do anything for me.

As a mother I understand the excitement of Halloween. There are chocolate and sweets, pumpkins, bats and spiders and of course an array of fabulous costumes to choose from. There are parties and spooky cartoons, a whole host of art and craft projects to choose from and the internet is crammed full of babies’ bottoms painted as pumpkins. I get that it‘s fun for many, but for me Halloween has lost some of the glitter and I have seen a less than festive side to it.

Trick or treating was not something I took part in as a child myself which has perhaps coloured my perception of the holiday. Many see it as a form of begging and knocking on doors after nightfall could be seen as a nuisance to some. Despite shipping my six year old son off to the annual Halloween party hosted by my in-laws, I choose to stay at home and not answer the door. I have no real issue with the cute skeletons and spiders that roam the streets with a responsible adult going to door to door with their family, however I find Halloween to be something of a useless holiday  -especially after the fifteenth teenager* has hit my window and threatened some evil if I don’t cough up.

I’m torn. Lord Dodo suspects that I am just tight and have issues with sharing sweets when I could keep these to myself(!) yet I believe that this holiday or event is just one that panders to marketing opportunities and really has no meaning. Perhaps I am missing the point so I’ll ask you all to shed some light on Halloween. My question for this week is:
Halloween, a fun festival or a nuisance that has had its day?


*Disclaimer: I am quite fond of teenagers as I used to be one once therefore am loathe to stereotype them. My opinion is based purely on the teenagers that I know locally who seem to be affected by Halloween the same way that a werewolf is by the full moon.

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November Discount!

Hallooo dear Dodopadlers!  It’s Miss Peabody!

Goodness gracious me, is it really nearly November already??  Where does the time go?  At Dodo Towers we’ve been so busy lately that October has just flown by.  With the end of October comes plenty of Halloween fun, followed by lots of falling leaves and…. an exciting offer!

This is a truly wonderful offer my dear friends: During the entire month of November, from midnight on 1st November until midnight on 30th November you can get 10% off any purchases where your order total is over £30!  Simply enter the code 10MP at checkout to receive your discount.  So plan those purchases and get your Christmas shopping out of the way well in advance of the festive season!  Of course this offer does not include any items already discounted, such as our slipcover-and-diary discounted combinations which already have a 10% discount on the slipcover.

Speaking of which, our diary slipcovers are selling out at an alarming rate!  Several colours have already sold out completely!  The slipcovers are all limited edition and exceedingly exclusive and, when they are gone, they are well and truly gone.  So if you’ve been contemplating a colourful cover for your Dodo Pad or Acad-Pad diary (whether Desk or Mini size) waste no time in grabbing one for yourself (or a lucky friend)!  There are still many gorgeous colours to choose from.


Beautiful array of slipcover colours and materials

So, it’s the end of October and Halloween is nearly upon us.  How terribly exciting!

Happy Halloween from Dodo Towers!

At Dodo Towers this weekend we’ll have our annual Spooky Halloween Bash to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve.  Long-time readers of Miss Peabody Writes will remember my story of a “Bash from the past” in which Bert Whistle had a slight mishap involving the fountain in the middle of the Hedge Maze in the gardens of Dodo Towers.  For those of you who missed that story click here to read all about it!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Toodle-oo for now,

Miss P

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October happenings

Hallooo, dear Dodopadlers!  Miss Peabody here.

This is all very exciting! I am addressing you via the internet on this wonderful “laptop” contraption which has been generously gifted to me by his excellence Lord Dodo.  What better way for me to communicate with all of you!  It really is quite a remarkable thing, although it may take me a minute to get the hang of it.

All is going swimmingly here at Dodo TowersLord Dodo himself is currently on holiday in the Dodolomites (again…).  His Hardworking Sales and Customer Service team has been helping users of our famous Acad-Pad diary to find a copy and settle into their college year.  (If you are yet to purchase your Acad-Pad I dare say you’d better hurry up, they sell out every year you know.  Miss Davinia Dalrymple in our Dodo Pad Stock Control department says remaining stocks are now extremely limited.)

Now with autumn fully underway, I am preparing for our annual Spooky Halloween Bash to be held here at Dodo Towers.  It’s always great fun although occasionally it can get slightly out of hand.  Last year Bert Whistle (who does General Factotum here at Dodo Towers) dressed up as a mummy complete with full-body bandaging.  After a little too much punch he teetered toppled fell into the fountain in the middle of the Hedge Maze.  When he dried his bandages converted to papier mache and he had to be chipped out. It left a dreadful mess in the formal gardens…

Let’s hope we can avoid any such mishaps this year!  I haven’t yet decided on my costume.  What are you dressing as for Halloween this year?

I hope you are having a wonderful autumn in Dartford, Dublin, Delhi, Dallas or wherever you are.  And as for you Dodopadlers from DoDown Under, I hope you’re enjoying spring!  Do tell me about your seasonal escapades!

Toodle-oo for now, more to come soon!

Miss P


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