|The Illusion Starring Phoebe in the Role of "Graveyard Cat"|
Well, it turns out that this year's post-Halloween post is a little more post-Halloween than I had originally intended. I can't believe we're more than halfway through November. Where did 2012 go? A hectic October meant that I didn't tick everything off my Halloween "To Do" list either, but Hurricane Sandy's Halloween party-pooping certainly puts any minor frustrations of mine into perspective.
For my little family, Halloween consists of a nice meal, a spooky-themed dessert, and a movie. Any decorating is restricted to indoors because living in a terraced townhouse means the front garden is a communal space, and well... Australia doesn't have the appropriate seasonal frame of reference for the occasion. When I look out my window on Halloween, I see springtime blossoms and fresh greenery, not the gold and russet of autumn leaves. One day, I would love to experience an American Halloween, and all the autumnal festivities that surround it, but in the meantime, I've decided there's no point bemoaning topsy-turvy seasons and will simply improvise.
My jack-o'-lantern stays inside too. I'm not quite sure how peculiar this is or not. If the pumpkins didn't have to be imported at this time of year, which makes them very costly, I'd have loads of them, inside and out, but my one precious jack-o'-lantern stays indoors with me, so I can enjoy every moment of his short lifespan. This year his carved face was based loosely on the pumpkin-headed scarecrow in the opening scene of the movie Sleepy Hollow.
|Sleepy Hollow and The Frighteners|
In the lead-up to the big night we watched Sleepy Hollow and The Frighteners. Not only are they two of my favourite movies, but they both manage to be creepy and at the same time encompass the lighter side of the dark side, which for me, is what Halloween is all about. On Halloween itself, we watched Hocus Pocus, which is just pure, delightful All Hallows' Eve fun!
For dinner, I made Japanese Gyoza. What does Japanese Gyoza have to do with Halloween? Er... nothing whatsoever... but, to me, it is party food, and Halloween is a party after all, and besides, this is Halloween through the looking glass, right?! My son enjoyed some delicious Zombie Virus with his meal, while my husband and I sensibly opted for a bottle of All Hallows' Eve Protection. For dessert, I made giant chocolate jack-o'-lantern cookies filled with orange cream, which were consumed with coffee in the company of the Sanderson sisters.
So that was my kooky little Halloween. It was nothing spectacular but it was fun, and as an added bonus, I even got my very first trick-or-treaters ever!
But wait, there's more...
A Dutch Treat
Talking of trick-or-treating, I got a treat of my own this Halloween. I won a giveaway over at the blog of artist, Laury, and she sent me a sack load of Dutch candy and an original drawing, all the way from England. You can check out Laury's blog, and her pen drawings of the strange world inhabited by her character, Echo, at Echo's Wanderings blog. Thank you so much, Laury!