On Halloween, it's time to hollow out a pumpkin, stock up on sweets, make costumes, and enrich the house with skeletons, black cats, and all kinds of scary decorations. But why is Halloween actually celebrated? The origins of Halloween are still debated today.
History of Halloween
The name is a short form of All Hallows' Even, the evening before All Saints Day, where the Halloween festival is traditionally celebrated. Legend has it that Celtic Druids celebrated a festival on the night of October 31st to November 1st to say goodbye to the summer and greet the winter, the time of the god of death, Samhein.
This night, it was believed, one could come into contact with the deceased, and the other way around, the dead returned as spirits. Therefore, people disguised themselves with ugly grimaces to deter the haunting spirits. Today, a Halloween costume is often a ghost itself. The traditional Halloween pumpkin, which today may not be missing at any Halloween party, was originally a turnip. However, when Irish immigrants brought the Halloween custom to America, they began to hollow out a pumpkin instead of a turnip.
Halloween costumes to scare
Not only children in America like to wear costumes on Halloween: Even among adults, vampires, bats, skeletons or the like are the most popular Halloween costumes, not just at a Halloween party. And in Germany, more and more children are moving from house to house on Halloween night to ask for sweets or tears. You can order Halloween costumes or make your own. For example, a witch only needs a black cape, a broom and a pointed hat. In addition, the face should be white ground and paint lips and eyes in a strong black.
Unlike on draft night, Halloween costumes always have something sinister about them. So the right ambience may not be missing. If you organize a Halloween party, you can not do without giant spider webs, bats, ghosts and of course the pumpkin. Again, if you do not want to shop in one of the numerous Halloween shops or in department store departments, you can make your own Halloween decoration for the local party. During a crafting afternoon, the whole family has fun and everyone can contribute to the design of the Halloween party.
No Halloween party without Halloween pumpkin
From Ireland comes the legend that the villain Jack O. tricked the devil. However, he took pity on him when, after his death, he neither went to heaven nor to hell, and gave him a turnip with a glowing piece of coal as a lamp, with which he walked from then on through the intermediate world. Today, the Halloween Pumpkin, also known as Jack O 'Lantern, is designed to scare away evil spirits and has become the symbol of Halloween par excellence.
In the Halloween pumpkin, a lid is cut with a kitchen knife, which is later replaced. With a spoon, the pumpkin is now hollowed out, the healthy and tasty pulp can be processed using one of the numerous Halloween recipes. Now you can carve the pumpkin with the kitchen knife to your heart's content. Finally, put a tealight inside and replace the lid. Done is the Halloween pumpkin! Carving halloween pumpkins competitions are also a particularly fun game for young and old at the Halloween party, as well as the freestyle Halloween scary costume.
Healthy Halloween recipes
If you have used pumpkins of all shapes and sizes for your Halloween party, you can use the pulp to prepare all sorts of tasty dishes. How about, for example, a healthy pumpkin salad with apples and carrots? The following feast is not just a Halloween recipe. You take:
- 2 apples
- 200g carrots
- 200g of pulp from the pumpkin
- Some sugar
- 1 lemon
- 100ml natural yoghurt
- Some parsley
- 50 g of chopped hazelnuts
Recipe: preparing pumpkin salad
The apples and carrots are washed and peeled and grated with the pumpkin meat. Now squeeze the lemon and mix the juice with the yogurt and sugar to a paste. Then chop the parsley and stir. In a bowl, mix the cream with the fruit, at the end the hazelnuts are sprinkled over it - the salad is ready to serve.
Many parents criticize the mass of sweets distributed on Halloween. There are also healthy Halloween recipes that can be served not only children, but also at the Halloween party for adults to be a real eye-catcher. A special gag are the "sweet eyes": in the recesses of lychees (can come out of the can) cherries or berries are plugged. Dip a toothpick in red food coloring and paint small veins. The eyes are offered on a tray - and the Halloween party will be a hit!