Halloween is the best thing Ever!

Halloween is just AMAZING! I didn’t even know about it until last week when Otter Keeper explained it to me. On Halloween you get to dress up as something scary and then you can knock on people’s doors to scare them and ask for sweets! I think anyone would agree this is the most amazing concept EVER!

I naturally got really quite overwhelmed by how much I loved Halloween (I got in trouble for “excess sofa bouncing”). Otter Keeper says if I really like something and NEED to know how much I like it I should mark it out of 10 (I love doing this). If me and Teddy were marking Halloween out of 10 we decided we would definitely award it a 9.5 When I mark things out of 10 it helps calm me down you see.

After marking Halloween out of 10 I felt a bit calmer and was able to call a meeting with Teddy to discuss what we should dress up as. We both wanted to be something really REALLY scary, and It was quite hard to decide – the meeting went on for a long time and Teddy was very fussy about his costume.

Eventually (with Otter Keeper’s advice – he’s really good at Halloween things) I decided to dress up as a witch and we made Teddy into a scary Egyptian Mummy. Otter Keeper ruined things a bit by saying he wasn’t going to dress up – Teddy said this was very sad and a wasted opportunity, I did rather agree with him.

Rather annoyingly, after you have your costume ready you have to wait till it’s dark before you can go out and use it. This took ages and me and Teddy got quite impatient. Otter Keeper suggested we mark some household objects out of 10 to pass the time and keep calm. We did this and it was actually quite fun although Teddy’s scores were all over the place – he really was just too excited about being dressed up as a scary Mummy.

Finally it was time to go out into the night and start knocking on people’s doors. I’ve always wanted to do this anyway just to say Hi, but your not supposed to unless it’s Halloween. At each house Otter Keeper would wait at the end of the garden while we knocked at the door. He said it was as a “safety precaution”, but it was really because he was embarrassed because he hadn’t dressed up. He only had himself to blame and I hope he’s learnt his lesson for next year. This also meant he didn’t get any sweets which must have upset him, although he hid it well.

We collected SO many sweets. Luckily Otter Keeper had given us a little orange bucket to keep them all in. Teddy suggested we open a sweetshop but I pointed out that we already had too many other projects going on. He knows full well that we are planning on making a spaceship at the weekend and I’ve had to make a note to talk to Teddy about his time management.

When we got home it was important to share out the sweets. Firstly Teddy had a few types of sweets that I didn’t have and straight away he offered these to me. We also had to give a few to Otter keeper to say thank you for taking us – once again Teddy said he would donate some of his. Teddy was very generous and didn’t have quite as many sweets as me after these deductions, but he didn’t mind. It’s probably for the best anyway as I’ve noticed Teddy has been getting a little fat recently.

Halloween was amazing and I can’t wait until it happens again. The only thing I didn’t understand was when some of the people opened their doors to us they laughed…? They were supposed to be really scared? I approached Otter Keeper with my concerns. He thought about it for a rather long time and then said that sometimes if you are really REALLY scared you do actually laugh. And this made sense because Teddy’s costume was VERY scary. Anyway I must go now as me and Teddy have lots of sweets which all need to be marked out of 10!

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  1. Jack the Cat November 1, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Hi Otter! I am glad you had a fun Halloween. I love your’s and teddy’s costumes you two look really scary!!!

  2. JimmyLee November 1, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Dear Otter, this is the best story yet! And I love your costume (and Teddy’s too, of course). When I went Trick-or-Treating, I had to be a bunny, then later a pirate (because I inherited my brother’s costume). Not suitably scary. Although as an adult, at the office, we had costume competitions at the office (which were ostensibly “team building” exercises – that was scary. Don’t miss that at all! So glad you enjoyed Halloween – and now you can look forward to another American holiday involving food: Thanksgiving!

  3. Grace November 1, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Wasn’t that fun? Halloween is the the best. I’ve been eating Halloween sweets while reading about your adventures. I can’t believe Otter Keeper never took you trick or treating before! Now I have to go tell all my friends to pop on over here and read about your adventures.

  4. Lin November 1, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Grace sent me over. 🙂

    Did you run into any other good costumes in your travels from house to house, Otter? I like the cool costumes almost as much as the candy!

  5. Clare November 1, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Awww I loved Halloween this year. I dressed as a Witch too, and I had my Hogwarts (Do you know about Harry Potter?) cloak on. My bloke (similar to Otter Keeper)didn’t let me go trick or treating…he said I was too old! But I had fun answering the door in my costume to all the children that were allowed to go out dressed up. I gave them all sweeties just like you got. We also carved out two pumpkins with scary faces and put them in the window. It was fun ☺

  6. maybeedeluxe November 1, 2010 at 8:13 am

    I’m so happy to hear that Teddy and you had a great Halloween night!
    I bet even Kate would have been scared to death, if she had met you in those scary costumes 🙂

  7. Barbara November 1, 2010 at 8:58 am

    I loved your costumes, and I’m glad you had a good night! The only problem I can see is, if no-one knows you are an otter, did anyone give you any fish?

    If you wander around my village next year, hold a small sign saying “Fish!!” and I will donate something suitable! (Mind you, sweets are pretty good!)

  8. Mimsy November 1, 2010 at 10:29 am

    That’s great you and Teddy had such a wonderful holiday. Don’t try to eat all of your Halloween treats at once. Enjoy the sugary bounty!

  9. Alix November 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I love your costumes – I would have given you both home made bat biscuits as well as chocolate you looked so good! I hope you don’t get sick of sweets – don’t try to eat them all at once….

  10. kelly November 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Otter! you and your teddy look so cute! i always dress like a zombie when i go trick-or-treating! its always fun to run around, scare people, and get free candies! im glad you had a good time 😀

  11. Catherine+ Ferret November 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Hello Otter ( and Teddy too!!)I think this one is my most favorite Otter story ever!Ferret is a bit jealous though–he saw you and Teddy in costume; I just KNOW what he is thinking! I am a bit laid up with a sprained foot and ankle so couldnt bring him Trick or Treating! BUY when I read him your Halloween story I was forgiven! I laughed and laughed and felt so good and happy for you and Teddy! I love to look at little trick or treaters–all excited and dressed up in costumes! I am so grateful you shared your Halloween story with me and ferret! You have such a wonderful + creative Witch costume on! and seeing Teddy being pulled in little wagon next to you is just so adorable!! But I AM SCARED to see the Mummy costume! Teddy must have scared the people at each + every house you two went to! You must have had a blast! I am so happy you had a successful night of sweets + candy gathering! Glad you and Teddy are getting along and sharing your candy too! ( Please dont tell Teedy I laughed when I read how you said he was getting a little fat lately!) I am excited by looking forward to hearing about the spaceship building you have planned for the weekend! I feel like doing some extra couch bouncing now! Ferret is doing some bed bouncing but I dont mind– I know he is just happy and excited for you and Teddy! Thanks so much again for the new Otter Story and the beautiful illustration! You made my day, my week, my month–it is the first of November! and what better way then to start it with a new Otter Story!You and Teddy have a great week marking things out of ten–and I cant wait to hear about the spaceship building! BEST Otter Story yet! ( but I LOVE them all–FERRET does too!!)

  12. Zippy, Sadie & Speedy November 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Otter Keeper prolly din’t dress up becuz he is a “grown up” and grown up humans don’t dress up, dat is what our dad sed. Our mom is a grown up and she did dress up so we think maybe dad just wanted her to be in da spot light. We did not go trick or treating becuz we aren’t allowed outside but we gots treats anyway. Teddy’s costume is very scary but yoors was scarier.

  13. Victoria Stitch November 1, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    I think this is my favourite otter story yet! and the picture is wonderfully atmospheric! Im glad otter and teddy had a good halloween!

  14. bev otter November 2, 2010 at 7:51 am

    So glad you had fun, you both look wonderful. My little Otters dressed up as a devil and a ghost and they got lots of sweets from very kind and suitably scared people – although they kept saying, ‘what a cute ghost’ which is not quite the effect my son was going for!
    I think this is one of my very favourite otter stories. The lighting in the picture is breathtaking. X

  15. Morticia November 2, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Beautiful illustration – as always :o)

  16. Laurel November 7, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Otter, you and Teddy are the cutest ever with or without Halloween costumes. I think Otter Keeper should publish a book of your adventures with his great illustrations.

  17. MKT November 8, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Otter, this is lovely. But who is the woman standing next to Otter Keeper in the picture?? I hope Otter Keeper isn’t going out with Kate… ?

  18. Gale Franey December 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Absolutely love the art to the max, a modern masterpiece !!

  19. James Carter September 29, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Yes we love Halloween in the UK its becoming more popular now like it is in the States, guys seem to want the most scariest of costumes and masks the girls like to dress up and look pretty

  20. Patty Blount October 31, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I love your scary costumes and am so happy you had fun knocking on doors and collecting sweets. I hope you’ll be very safe with them and make sure Otter Keeper gives permission before you eat them!

  21. Jimmy Lee October 31, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    One of the best stories ever – so nice to read it again! Wondering if Otter was a witch this year or something different – perhaps a ghost? Scarey!

  22. Peter Masscharis October 31, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Otter, I love your stories and I love the wonderful illustrations of you and your friens even more. You look really scary (well, not really ;o) in your Halloween costume. Did you go trick or treating again this year? Anyway, I am very much looking forward to the Otter book. Couldn’t Otter Keeper speed things up with the publisher; I don’t want to wait till next year. Hugs xxx

  23. Elaine emmi, otter lover November 1, 2013 at 1:45 am


  24. Rona November 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Oh, Otter – you’ve had such a Ha-ha-happy Ha-ha-ha-llowe’en! I hope you didn’t eat too many sweets last night – does a lollipop score 10 and a jellybaby 6? We had lots of very scary ghosts and zombies and pirates who came to our door (we call them ‘guisers’ in Scotland, ‘cos they’re dis-guised.) I opened the door to 3 giggly spooks, then my keeper tiptoed up behind them and made a scary noise, and they all screamed! But as you know, otter and teddy, there’s always someone ready to play another joke…. while my keeper was standing laughing, a pirate and a zombie crept up behind HIM and he got such a fright that he ran away. I had to give extra sweets and a few pennies to everyone because we had such a laugh. Next year, I will dress up as a witch and paint my face green. I think it could be very funny if I was the scary one who opened the door, but I don’t think I would deserve any sweets for being so naughty! Please tell your keeper that his pictures belong to everyone’s dream of a warm and happy childhood, and you are so lucky to live with him.

  25. Laurel November 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Oh boy Otter, I think that was a very scary evening you and Teddy had. I loved your costumes. I would give them a 10 out of 10

  26. Otto von Crimpoline October 31, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Excellent. I do like marking things out of 10. Marking things out of five is not enough and 100 is tooooooo much.

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