So, it’s Halloween weekend. Admittedly, this is not a huge thing for South Africans. Perhaps because of the possible roots of the holiday in the Celtic festival of Samhain, meaning “summers end”- which it is not, for us, given that summer is only just beginning. Actually, now that I think about it, it is probably more appropriate for Halloween (the kind of Halloween that is synonymous with slutty outfits) to be a thing here, because at least we wouldn’t freeze our pumpkins off in super short skirts. I pity those of you north of the equator. A fur trim on your bra is not going to help you, I promise.
Anyway, I had no plan of wearing a (w)horiffic costume for Halloween celebrations, mostly because I planned on eating vast amounts of candy and cake, and despite our most fervent desires, an affinity for eating candy and cake is usually not compatible with an affinity for wearing little to no clothing (another Halloween contradiction). Unless you burn 40 000 calories a day. Which I do not.
Despite only ever really celebrating Halloween once in my childhood (in which we didn’t get very much sugary loot for our efforts), I do quite like the idea of Halloween, probably because I love dressing up. As you can probably tell from the picture above, this year I dressed as Cleopatra – the Liz Taylor version. The BF was a zombie, of course, and a pretty gory one at that.
On the subject of candy and cake (which we had actually moved away from, but I am bringing us back to, obviously), I have, for your Halloween pleasure, compiled a list of amazing things which you could make. And then eat. And then tweet me about. These Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting, Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing, and these Pumpkin Swirl Brownies all look amazing. If you wanted to go a healthier route, you could also try these Pumpkin Muffins, or this Cream Cheese Rippled Pumpkin Bread. Alternatively, you could forgo all the pumpkin flavoured frivolity, munch on a Bar-One, and get your fill of Halloween by looking at Ray Villafane’s amazeballs carved pumpkins.