A Pumpkin Proposal

I've always loved Halloween, it probably has a lot to do with falling in love with The Nightmare Before Christmas when I saw it at the cinema when I was a kid and watching it every year since, and that when we were growing up trick or treating was a big deal around where we lived, also that dressing up has always been a favourite activity of mine, and that pumpkin pie is so damn tasty! So Halloween is always one of my favourite times of the year but this year will no doubt be remembered as the best ever!

Under the guise of a spooky Halloween date night we started of the evening with dinner at The Urban Standard. After dinner we visited our local cinema - part of the small Scott Cinema chain The Orpheus is such a lovely old school style cinema, with just three smallish screens it's a welcome change from visiting a multiplex and perfect for a date night. The film we saw was not quite your usual date night choice... The Babadook is a independent Australian horror film which tells the story of a single mother and her unruly child who are terrorised by a monster from a children's book come to life. The film uses a traditional horror set-up to heartbreakingly deal with the issues of depression, loneliness and grief. It was terrifying and harrowing but also brilliant! I very much recommend it but maybe not for a romantic evening... unless your romantic evening is happening on Halloween of course!

After the film finished we made our way home, we had planned to get a cab but as one wasn't available for an hour I was happy to walk the 30 minutes back to our flat. Will tried to find new taxi numbers as we walked and apparently not looking where he was going while Googling he walked head first in to a lamp post (!) - he hit his head pretty hard, so I spent most of the walk home torn between trying not to laugh at him and worrying about the rather large bump on his forehead!! I soon learned that he had good reason to be a tad distracted!

We got back to our flat in one piece however and there I found the most wonderful surprise - our living room was full of candle light and set up in the middle of the room were five pumpkins carved with the words Will You Marry Me ? Saying yes (which I did of course!) is a bit of a blur but I remember feeling all confused at first by the transformation of the room that had certainly not looked that way when I'd left it a few hours previously. It turned out three of our amazing friends had been Will's little Halloween helpers (Trick or Treaters?) not only coming in and setting up the room but also helping him carve the pumpkins earlier in the week! While we drank some champagne we sent a few Whatsapps to friends to share our news, it was pretty late in the evening so we waited to tell our families the next morning but I did get to speak to one of my best friends who lives in Australia at about 2am our time which was so lovely. The next night we had friends over at ours in the evening, dressed up, celebrated and drank *ALL* the champagne! 

Sorry for the rather long post but I wanted to share the story of our very Happy Halloween engagement in all its bumped head, scary film, perfect pumpkin glory!

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  1. Aww, what a fabulous proposal! Congratulations! :-) xx

    1. ahh thank you Louisa! It was just perfect for me :-)