It gets bigger and better every year doesn’t it? No, not my ever-expanding waistline… Halloween! I remember celebrating it as a child, we’d dress up as witches by putting a black bin liner over our heads and an old witches hat that had been passed down through the generations to go and knock on our neighbours doors whilst Dad would be at home trying to carve a swede (or turnip, probably the most inappropriate vegetable to carve!).
Halloween has always been huge in the U.S. with the most amazing displays of Halloween décor making its way over the pond and putting our turnip efforts to shame. In fact, Halloween originated in northern Europe, mainly Ireland, United Kingdom and Northern France, and was originally called All Hallows Eve (later shortened to Halloween). Carving turnips came from an Irish myth about Stingy Jack who tricked the devil and was sentenced to roam earth for eternity. People started to carve demonic faces out of turnips to frighten away Jack’s wandering soul and this is where the term Jack-O-Lantern originated from. When Irish immigrants went to the U.S., they carved pumpkins instead as these were native to the region they moved too.
But this year, I watched as everyone fell over themselves to get pumpkins to use as décor. Whether they painted, carved, made their own out of concrete or just left them as they were, Instagram was awash with creative panache and here are some of my favourites.
Halloween isn’t just about the Pumpkins and doorway décor however! This year, there were some amazing Halloween décor themes continuing indoors from people dressing up their fireplaces and creating wonderfully inspired tablescapes.
My Halloween efforts had been pretty poor this year. I had my autumnal wreath up in my living room with some pumpkins scattered about and that was it. But, after seeing all the amazingly creative posts on Instagram, I was spurred into action. I took my kids to a local Pumpkin picking farm and managed to pick up a few dozen. My daughter and I then set about spray painting the pumpkins with Rustoleum spray paint and I decided to go with blues to match the kitchen and keep some of the pumpkins their natural colour. We left them to dry over night and the next morning, set about painting the stalks gold for contrast and created gold and white patterns.
After creating a little table display of the pumpkins for friends to come over for dinner, we then moved the pumpkins outside ready for a night of trick or treating and 5 days later, they’re still there showing no signs of decay! I believe I have Teflon coated the pumpkins 😊
Halloween does seem to be getting bigger and better every year. Turnips are being replaced with pumpkins, pumpkins are being painted all the colours of the rainbow and turning up on our tables and even pets are being given the Halloween treatment with black cats taking centre stage. I wonder what the big trend will be next year? What do you think?