Something wicked this way comes. Yes, Halloween is on its way. And though once – Queen of Darkness though I am – I dismissed Halloween as an overly commercial American holiday and rolled my heavily-kohled eyes disparagingly in its general direction, I am a complete convert.
My little ghouls on the other dismembered hand were hooked on Halloween from the moment they could say BOO! In fact they have embraced the occasion with the enthusiasm of a pack of thirsty vampires at a blood bank. Despite my initial resistance, their passion soon rubbed off on their cadaverous mother and I too now look forward to the horrible holiday in all its tacky, kitschy ghoulishness with suitably wicked glee.
And what’s not to love? It is a night when you let your children join a pagan celebration of the occult. A night when you allow your beloved babies to not only talk to strangers, but boldly bang on their doors and greedily demand they hand over treats. A night when anything even remotely resembling nutrition is thrown out the window… Wait, what?
Hang on a sec. That was the old me cynical talking. The new gothically-enhanced me sees Halloween a little differently. And what I see is a night of imagination and celebration with friends and family. It’s a night that teaches kids the importance of being neighbourly. It’s a night when our kids offer treats to our neighbours as well taking them. It is a night when they can get creative, dress up and express themselves however they want without fear of judgement.
And it’s the one night of the year when I am happy to relax my normally strict nutritional code, because at the Eats Worlds annual Halloween party, I put a limit on their candy collections.
And to offset the proliferation of poison toffee apples, oreo graveyards, soul cakes (complete with ghostly souls), creepy cookies and blood splattered treats I make, I also prepare plenty of healthy, wholesome food… albeit cunningly disguised as monkey’s brains (jars of slippery chicken wontons in spicy sauce), zombie heads (pizza), blood soup (borscht) and Halloween monster burgers, that are actually monstrous.
But most of all, this goth-mama thinks of it is a night where normally civilised people hit the streets to unleash their inner crazy, in a good way, not that this family is ever all that normal… or civilised.
Over the last few years I have become such a Halloween convert that I go all out to decorate the house with cobwebs and tombstones, though given Morticia Addams is my style icon this isn’t a huge leap. And the Eats Worlds annual Halloween Spooktacular has become one of the not-to-be missed events of primary school society. Well, at least it would be if you consider a dozen or so neighbours and friends popping by for a junior gore fest a society event.
And of course, we’ll be laying out all the usual edible blood, guts and gore again this year, along with these healthy halloween monster burgers that are as nutritious as they are vicious and make for a perfect last minute treat for your little ghouls.