Jo Worgan column

Guardian columnist Jo Worgan.
Guardian columnist Jo Worgan.

Well this week heralds the week before half term holidays, although Andrew is off this week, and the approaching Halloween and Bonfire Night festivities.

Tom knows that he is on ‘holiday’ next week and I have been busy planning our week off.

It’s good to have a plan, for all of us. Tom likes to have a routine and know what is happening and so far we have a busy week planned.

It is also rather exciting as this year is really the first time that Tom has taken an interest in Halloween.

This is mainly due to the fact that one of the cartoons he watches on his IPad features a Halloween special coupled with the fact that Toca Boca, again a series of apps that he loves to play with, are unveiling Toca Boo this week and he keeps watching the trailer.

The other day he even asked for bats and spooky pumpkins.

I always string up pumpkin lights but sadly they broke last year so I had to go out and buy a new set.

To be honest though, I think I am more excited than the boys, I love Halloween; but more about that in a few weeks.

So next week we have a dental visit; I once again have all my fingers and toes crossed, although last time was a huge success, I just need to remember to show Tom the video clip from Topsy and Tim Go to the Dentist as this is what helped to prepare him last time.

Tom also has a day booked at Unique Kidz holiday club allowing me to spend the day with Stephen so we shall no doubt be paying a visit to one of the cafes in town. We will also be visited by Granny and Grandpa, and I have promised the boys a day at The Zone and more than likely we will be visiting the Boat Museum. So a busy week is ahead.

I have set aside Friday though for a Halloween themed day with Halloween treats, pumpkin carving and a ‘tea party’ at Tom’s request. I just need to remember to buy the toy bats.

I do love the holidays as it gives us all time to relax. I can already tell that the boys are getting tired and in need of a little break, and that goes for me too. So here’s to a happy and relaxed half term.