Trick or treating, or ‘guising’ at it was originally known, was first recorded in Glasgow in the late 1800s. Of course it’s spread all over the world now, perfected by the Americans with their wonderful quality of nicking stuff and then making it bigger (St. Patrick’s Day, anyone?) … and having once got mugged in New York as a 13 year old on Halloween, all they took was the sack of candy; they take it seriously.
But nonetheless it still great fun over here and most of us have memories of wandering up to a slightly spooky house, tentatively knocking on the door and asking for a Humbug or Murray Mint, it was all we could hope for.
Why not make your house more of a comforting proposition for potential trick or treaters this year? Ensure your exterior and porch lighting is on, alongside your terrifying pumpkin. It’ll cast a homely glow across the front of your home and make the more nervous trick or treaters far less reticent, we’ve all been there.
Tips to carving the perfect pumpkin:
1. Make sure you draw your dastardly design on with a water marker, mistakes can easily be removed with a damp sponge.
2. Use serrated metal saws rather than knives to carve out your design, they’re far safer if children want to get in on the action.
3. Cut the lid at an angle so that the outside diameter is larger than the inside, it stops the lid caving in.
4. Use an ice cream to scoop out the seeds, easy-peasy, (and then lightly roast them in the oven for a healthy treat).
5. When carving in the design, work from the inside out, it’ll keep the structural integrity of the pumpkin for longer and make carving far easier.
6. Finally, if anything needs reattaching, use a toothpick, no one will notice anything, we almost promise.