Halloween Traditions

November 1, 2016

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halloween, halloween eve, all hallows eve, pumpkins, pumpkin carving, lanterns, pumpkin lantern

halloween, halloween eve, all hallows eve, pumpkins, pumpkin carving, lanterns, pumpkin lantern

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halloween, halloween eve, all hallows eve, pumpkins, pumpkin carving, lanterns, pumpkin lantern

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I recently wrote a post for Gabriella of Spokhette Blog about my Hallowe’en traditions (here). It was actually a little strange to write as I had been trying to avoid Hallowe’en. If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll know my best friend died two years ago at Hallowe’en, and nothing’s quite been the same since. Pete was ginger, and orange is a colour that I’ve associated with him since we first met. It seems cruel to reach the anniversary of his death at the time the world turns orange and black, with pictures of ghosts, graveyards and death everywhere. Even if you’re not a spiritual person you don’t have to look too hard to start seeing symbols everywhere.

It’s particularly weird as Hallowe’en was always, always my favourite holiday as a child. The last blog post I wrote before Pete died actually talks about how excited I was for Hallowe’en! After his death, it’s all just kind of fallen apart. I decided I’d try to just avoid Halloween for the forseeable future. Last years Hallowe’en ended up being about “seeing how I felt”, gin, and crying. Frankly I don’t think that’s way to go.

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I was on the same “avoid Hallowe’en” tangent until last week when I got this festive Lucky Dip Club box in the post. The cute, spooky goodies just seemed so inviting and far away from what I was trying to avoid. I decided instead I would try this year to observe Hallowe’en. To come up with some new traditions, and rebuild Hallowe’en if you will. It actually seems to have been helping in a weird way – to make a distinction in my head between this and the other event.

My Mum sent over some recipes and decorations, and me and R-Dawg helped my little nephew throw a Hallowe’en party. R-Dawg made these little bat truffles (cooking with Lurch, lol) and I did the cake (obvs all vegan). We’ve watched some films (Hocus Pocus and Monster House, both new to me), carved pumpkins and decorated the house. We have also taken in a lantern festival and had fun spotting people’s pumpkins and doors. I’m not exactly going all-out for Hallowe’en like I used to, but it seems nicer than ignoring it. What are some of your Halloween traditions?

halloween, halloween eve, all hallows eve, pumpkins, pumpkin carving, lanterns, pumpkin lantern

halloween, halloween eve, all hallows eve, pumpkins, pumpkin carving, lanterns, pumpkin lantern

halloween, halloween eve, all hallows eve, pumpkins, pumpkin carving, lanterns, pumpkin lantern

halloween, halloween eve, all hallows eve, pumpkins, pumpkin carving, lanterns, pumpkin lantern

halloween, halloween eve, all hallows eve, pumpkins, pumpkin carving, lanterns, pumpkin lantern

halloween, halloween eve, all hallows eve, pumpkins, pumpkin carving, lanterns, pumpkin lantern

halloween, halloween eve, all hallows eve, pumpkins, pumpkin carving, lanterns, pumpkin lantern

halloween, halloween eve, all hallows eve, pumpkins, pumpkin carving, lanterns, pumpkin lantern

halloween, halloween eve, all hallows eve, pumpkins, pumpkin carving, lanterns, pumpkin lantern

halloween, halloween eve, all hallows eve, pumpkins, pumpkin carving, lanterns, pumpkin lantern

halloween, halloween eve, all hallows eve, pumpkins, pumpkin carving, lanterns, pumpkin lantern

halloween, halloween eve, all hallows eve, pumpkins, pumpkin carving, lanterns, pumpkin lantern

4 comments so far.

4 responses to “Halloween Traditions”

  1. I totally understand why Halloween isn’t quite the same anymore. I have thoughts and feelings towards this too, not for Halloween but it’s in the back of my mind for other dates. Still, I love the silly traditions at Halloween and to date, i’ve still never carved a pumpkin! But otherwise, it’s a fun time of year but I was very ill prepared this year and I didn’t buy any sweets for trick o treaters. Instead I had unusual japanese cola sweets haha…not exactly the same as a standard lollipop!

  2. Are those… cinema/theatre seats?

    DO YOU HAVE THEATRE SEATS IN YOUR HOUSE.

    I don’t do Halloween, but the idea of you reclaiming it from the sadness makes me so happy.

    x

  3. The decoration seems to be very nice, but yes, so sad that your friend passed away two years ago… for me, it sounds like it was yesterday, cause I have been reading your blog for even a longer time and I remember that… it was during the time that I was still grieving deeply and I remember I couldn’t read all without crying a river… and you were so nice writing to me that “a post about it will come, please don’t read it”… I will never forget how kind you were and are. Yes, we see signs everywhere, that’s true!
    DenisesPlanet.com

  4. Jane says:

    I don’t really have any Halloween traditions, and I’ve never carved a pumpkin! I love the decorations you guys put up this year. Here’s to new traditions!

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