Over the years I've grown to love Halloween.
It's just impossible not to get caught up in the excitement of all the costumes, spooky decorations, carving pumpkins, parties and trick or treating.
In our street, the households which welcome trick or treaters generally put a lit pumpkin in their window, inviting parents to bring the kids over.
When they were babies, I picked out whatever cute outfit I could find for my boys.
Now they're older, Brodie usually favours his dinosaur costume, while Blake likes to be a haunted knight or zombie pirate.
Me? I generally pop on a witch's hat and wig, or a monster mask. I haven't quite found the courage to costume up completely. Maybe this year….
We do the rounds between 7-8pm, and Brodie delivers a spooky joke in exchange for some sugar-filled delights which have him and his brother bouncing off the walls for the rest of the evening.
It's the one time of year I let them enjoy a big bag of sweets before bedtime – most parents will tell you that's the real horror of Halloween night!
Here are some of Brodie's favourite jokes to deliver, door-to-door:
What is Draculaâ€™s favourite circus act?
He always goes for the juggler
Why couldnâ€™t the ghost see its mum and dad?
Because they were trans-parents
Why do ghosts ride in elevators?
It raises their spirits
What do you get if you cross Bambi with a ghost?
Hey I'm not saying there's a career in comedy ahead of him, but they have the desired effect!
If there's a party or Halloween-themed event happening in our town, I make the effort to get us there. After all, having your face painted and bobbing for apples is what it's all about, isn't it?
This year I'll be looking out for half-term family Halloween fun.
We all have our Halloween traditions…..
….. as this Haven Halloween Infographic shows.
What's your favourite thing about Halloween?