“At First Cock Crow, The Ghosts Must Go, Back To Their Quiet Graves Below”

30 Oct

I have a confession.

Until this weekend, I had never carved a pumpkin. NEVER.

My Mum doesn’t believe in Halloween as a holiday, professing that it’s an American tradition (a theory that I disproved in a previous Halloween post) and deemed trick or treating as begging, so we weren’t allowed to go.

It didn’t bother me all that much, given that as a child, the 31st October was always pretty cold and rainy, so going out knocking on doors dressed as a cat didn’t have the thrill factor to me.

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my beautifully melty pumpkin creations

But over the past few years, Halloween has become a fun event. So this year, the boy and I dragged massive pumpkins home from the shops, and set about carving them.

The competition was fierce, and it was a messy duel. Bits of pumpkin goo adorned the walls of my flat, and brief tirades of swearing happened sporadically as one of us cut too far into the pumpkin, or alternatively, too far into one of our fingers.

The results were fantastic, and the pumpkins sat on my window sill, flickering eerily all weekend, until the heat from the candles turned them from scary idols to wizened old vegetables. Time for the bin.

We had so much fun, that this is now our new Halloween tradition. And I’m looking forward to a party in a cocktail bar tomorrow night – fancy dress and spookily themed cocktails. Watch this space!

Whats your favourite Halloween tradition?

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4 Responses to ““At First Cock Crow, The Ghosts Must Go, Back To Their Quiet Graves Below””

  1. prenin October 30, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    My tradition is to turn out the lights and pretend I’m not in as the local terrorists make everyone’s life a misery!!! :)

    Our teenagers don’t want sweets, they want money and lots of it!!! :(

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

    • tinkerbelle86 November 7, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      Oh no! My housemate bought sweets for the kids despite the fact that we have an entry phone system on the front door and live on the fourth floor. I was pretty sure no one would come, but she was pretty disappointed when they didnt!

  2. Go Jules Go October 31, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Wow! Your first one?! They look AMAZING! I love, love, LOVE jack-o-lanterns. I think I carved my first one when I was about 10, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

    • tinkerbelle86 November 7, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

      We don’t really observe Halloween tradition here as much as in the US, but I love it. I love the whole cloak and dagger of it, and I love to dress up so it really is good fun!

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