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Boo! It’s Halloween

By Sarah

Do you celebrate Halloween? This year I’ll be carving out a couple of pumpkins in the Jack-o-Lantern style - and leaving Haribos in a bucket on our doorstep, with a sign saying ‘Help yourself’. Then I’ll be bolting the door, turning the lights off and watching TV this All Hallow’s Eve, and letting the trick or treaters celebrate this holiday to their heart's content!

"It wasn’t until I went to the States one October in my 20s that I saw how huge it is over there. "

As a child growing up in the Seventies and Eighties, I can only remember trick or treating once and it was more Knock on Ginger as we weren’t sure what we going to say if anyone did answer, so ran away! (Apologies if this was you). Michael Jackson’s Thriller and watching ET and Elliott trick or treating in ET was about as close as I got to experiencing Halloween growing up. I’ve been asking around older generations and they say they didn’t bother with it either as children.

It wasn’t until I went to the States one October in my 20s that I saw how huge it is over there. Twenty or so years later, we’ve caught up and the supermarket shelves are groaning with scary sweets, cakes, costumes, broomsticks, everything to make your house spooktacular - and pumpkins of all colours, shapes and sizes.

When my daughter was younger, she liked to wear her witch outfit and take a big hairy spider as her trick (a plastic one!) and we used to set off with a cackle of cute skeletons, cats and Harry Potters armed with carrier bags. I was always amazed by just how many people went OTT decorating their homes; were having their own Halloween parties when we knocked and had oodles of treats for the children. So it seems there’s plenty of people who do love it.

Halloween or not, we do like to frighten ourselves with Hannibal Lector (Silence of the Lambs), Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street) and Norman Bates (Psycho) topping our scariest horror film characters in a Starbucks poll to celebrate the return of its Pumpkin Spiced Latte (something I do embrace about Halloween!). Interesting to see it’s the classic oldies heading the list.

Another thing I like about Halloween is making Pumpkin Soup with my Jack-o-Lantern innards. If you fancy a treat rather than a trick this Halloween, why not indulge in our frightfully fantastic Spooky Blooms bouquet .- a gorgeous collection of blood red roses, orange carnations and black painted foliage.

Happy trick or treating!
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