Halloween happens to be one of my favourite holidays, although its not as wide spread here in the UK. It's the only reason I ever flirted with the idea of moving to live in the states - to have Halloween's like I saw on TV, with costumes and candy. Unfortunately, as I was recently diagnosed as a diabetic the candies out but I can still enjoy some of the traditions.
Like making a jack o lantern, by carving a pumpkin.
The term jack-o'-lantern is in origin a term for an ignis fatuus or will-o'-the-wisp in English folklore, used especially in East Anglia, its earliest known use dating to the 1660s. The application of the term to carved pumpkins in American English is first attested in 1834, and the carved pumpkin lantern association with Halloween is recorded in 1866.
Imagine how hard it had to be to carve the Twilight: New Moon one out! I envy those who have the time and patience to painstakingly carve out such intricate designs. My pumpkins have always been a lot simpler.
Here's my one from last year.
This year I am going to attempt a more intricate design.
Should be interesting. But after the pumpkin is all carved, lit up and barring the evil spirits and the annoying neighbour kids from my door. What do you do with the insides? Well you could throw it away I suppose or you could use it to make a delicious autumnal recipe. I've dug out two from the BBC website that I think look so tasty.
Have a great Halloween everyone. Trick or Treat!