Saturday 31 October 2015

Happy Halloween

I've never really done a lot to celebrate Halloween.  When my boys were younger it wasn't the great big thing that it is these days.  'Trick or Treating' had only just started to be the big thing that came over from America, and although we had a few children knocking at the door it was mostly fun and few tricks.   The village Co-op refused to sell any eggs or flour to children ... which helped a lot!!

My younger son never wanted to get dressed up and trawl the neighbourhood for buckets full of sweets, instead he stayed home watched the Simpsons halloween special and hoped that not many children would come a calling.  He knew if I only gave away a few sweets all the leftovers would be shared out equally between him and his brother the next day, the older brother who  went out with his mates, knocked on a few doors covered in fake blood and scars and ate any sweets he managed to acquire before he got home and shared out our sweets with his brother.

It's a wonder either of them have any teeth left!!

My halloween this year has been spent, weeding and re-planting in the polytunnel, labelling the jars of Apple and Cinnamon that I made the other day and trying to squeeze them into the now full to bursting preserves shelf of the larder cupboard.

And knocking up a batch of Orange Marmalade, just the cheats version from a tin of Mamade that I had in the cupboard, but it tastes absolutely lovely.  The little bit in the small jar was spread over two slices of toast and sampled by us both.

All the sweetness we need this halloween ....

.... almost  :-)

Sue xx


  1. We've had no callers and I don't mind because I'm now eating the sweets. I agree wholeheartedly with the last comment and am joining you in a glass of wine. I have my new (to me) kitten on my knee and I don't intend to move from the sofa. Happy Halloween. X

  2. We had no callers either - probably because our next door neighbour lives in a very old scary looking house. The old lady that lives there is a sweet old thing but the house looks scary - hee hee. We ate all the sweets too!

  3. Yep same here - tucking into the cauldron of sweets! Went to a craft fair today in Bakewell, Derbyshire. The preserves, pickles and chutneys were ridiculously expensive. So, Sue you're sitting on a gold mine in your larder!!

  4. Mamade is so much easier, I have to confess. We're not jam or chutney eaters in our house, but I love to make it, so it always gets used as gifts.

    Where we live, it is such a small hamlet, and no small children to come trick or treating, so we have a quiet time of it.

  5. Jeremy Vine dancing on Strictly was the scariest thing I've seen here tonight!

  6. After last years experience with lots of callers at the door I was prepared this year and had lots of sweets waiting for the little darlings. We had just a handful of kids knock this evening, so the remaining sweets shall do us and Alyssa for the foreseeable weeks, lol.

  7. My folks have locked the doors tonight. The one lot that came, they didn't answer the door apparently

  8. I bought my big box of chocolate bars from Costco and we got 5 kids!! I guess we'll have to eat the rest! I'm not

  9. We bought a very small packet of yucky sweets, no callers so they have gone in the bin! If we had bought chocolate, it would be too tempting to have eaten it all.

  10. We didn't get as many callers as last year so there are sweets leftover. We tend to get really young children & last night it was the dads turn to do the tour !

  11. I live in a lonely place so don't get trick or treaters. I find it quite sad really.
    I used to make marmalade with Mamade - at least it sets easily (sometimes made with oranges and lemons it is difficult to get a good set I find) - and I agree with you that the taste is good.


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