The day before yesterday was, as you probably all know, Halloween or as it is usually called in pagan terms, Samhain, which is the Irish name. In many cultures around the world, this is the night when the veil between the world of mortals and the Otherworld is at its thinnest, allowing the spirits to pass through to our world. They can be spirits of the departed, or other kinds of spirits, good or evil. It is also a time when all the harvest has been collected and everything is ready for winter, the death, or long sleep, of nature until spring comes again. Things associated with death are often used as decorations, such as skeletons, ghosts, monsters and zombies. It is also costumary to carve out pumpkins (earlier it used to be turnips) with scary faces, which originated in a desire to scare away evil spirits on this night. Pumpkins also represents the fertility of the harvest. It is also a night to honour your ancestors and your dear departed, lighting candles for their spirits and welcoming them back into your home and the world of the living for one night.
For me, it was a quiet celebration this year, as usual. I would have liked to dress up and go to Halloween parties, but my back injury prevents that. However, at least I had great company! My dear friend Ingrid came over, and we had our own little party!
Ingrid and her amazing outfit
Me clad in green, as per usual...
We lit lots of candles everywhere. Here is a pumpkin that would later be carved. We had another pumpkin, too, but I chopped it up to make pie out of it.
Boiling pieces of pumpkin to make my first pumpkin pie.
We lit torches outsite our apartment to guide the kids to our front door, which is rather hidden away on the side of the house. Usually we get no trick-or-treaters at all, but this year at least we had one little girl dressed as a skeleton and her dad (also dressed as a skeleton) ringing our doorbell, so of course we gave her lots of candy. I wish more had come, because we really had a bucket full of candy, but oh well... at least now we don't have to buy candy for the rest of the year :p
We watched The Nightmare Before Christmas - an annual tradition of mine - while we enjoyed Ingrid's excellent cooking
The finished pumpkin which Ingrid carved - I bet it scared those spirits away!
My pumpkin pie, before I put it in the oven. Unfortunately, it turned out a little soggy - I think I used too much pumpkin and too little of all the other ingredients. Oh well, next time I'll try sticking to one recipe instead of trying to combine two different recipes because I was lacking an ingredient... Ingrid and my husband still thought it tasted nice, but I didn't like the consistency... ah well, I always knew I wasn't much of a cook.
Then we watched the whole season 1 of Being Human and drank lots of wine, becoming quite giggly, until it was almost morning. 'Twas a good night!
How was your celebration, if you had one?