Ultimately, this post is about a pumpkin. Not a pumpkin that we have eaten, but I figure that since pumpkin is actually edible, this post belongs on a food blog!
Coming to Australia as a child, there were so many things I missed about America. Halloween was a big one. What child couldn’t love Halloween? Getting dressed up in costumes, decorating everything in sight, cutting up and lighting the pumpkins, and … candy candy candy! Heaven!
But back then, NO ONE celebrated Halloween here. Everyone knew what it was but it hadn’t caught on. The chocolate and candy here weren’t the same or as varied. There was no candy corn, a personal childhood favourite, no Hershey’s, and even M&Ms hadn’t come here by then. And the only pumpkins were big funny shaped blue pumpkins.
They taste good but just didn’t appeal for carving. The one saving grace was that for the first 4 or 5 years, my grandmother used to post us a big box of American munchies. Bless her!
Halloween still isn’t huge here, but it is getting bigger every year. Nowadays you do see houses decorated and kids do go out trick or treating, especially in our little pocket of the world for some reason.
For the first time since I can remember, the local shops were selling American pumpkins!! We won’t talk about the OUTRAGEOUS price being charged, but these were proper big round bright orange easy to cut American pumpkins and when my daughter saw them she HAD to have one! The kids had so much fun (with some help from Wal) gutting the big fella and carving a face into him.
And, today, the kids were allowed to go to school in costumes – lots of fun for kids who are used to wearing school uniforms!
Of course this is the Sunburnt Country, and while we are a long way from the summer heat, Halloween is different in the heat. Think sweat-streaked makeup, sticky wet costumes, and of course the chocolate (and the pumpkin while off duty) requiring refridgeration!
So happy Halloween everyone.
This post dedicated to Darlene and the Prof, and The Cousins! with love xx