We have never been a trick-or-treating family at Halloween. Bringing up vegan children, any candy that they might collect would most likely not be vegan so would have to be given or thrown away. However that doesn’t mean that the kids haven’t enjoyed dressing up and carving pumpkins.
A couple of years ago, rather than hide in a dark house to avoid any kids coming to the door (Bah, Humbug!), I decided we needed a ritual that we could enjoy without the excessive candy element. So now we celebrate Samhain, the pagan festival that Halloween is, after all, based upon. It is a time to remember our ancestors, celebrate the harvest and make predictions for the coming year.
Today we carved jack o’lanterns and roasted the pumpkin seeds with oil, sugar and spices.
I finished making cloaks for the two younger boys. And tomorrow we’re going to have a mini-pumpkin hunt in the garden….though the mini-pumpkins are actually satsuma oranges on which we have drawn jack o’lantern type faces. Not only is it cheaper to buy satsumas but we can actually eat them afterwards!
Some of our pumpkins are reversible with designs on both sides….here they are…