Happy Halloween!

All Hallow’s Eve. Legend (or rather Wikipedia) has it that Halloween is the initiation of the three day observance of Hallowmas, the time in the year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.

To many people (and it seems to be gaining popularity every year) it’s an excuse to wear costumes, go apple bobbing (nb: surely this is unhygienic?) and go trick or treating. To me it hails Autumn, and the best excuse to break out the Pumpkin. Pumpkin Soup, Stuffed Pumpkin, Vegetable Lasagne, Roast Pumpkin and best of all Pumpkin Pie. I love ’em all.

Whether you celebrate with, ahem, afternoon tea

… dressing up & partying…

…or having a quiet bevvie (if you are in London, Waxy O’Connor will probably be your wackiest bet. This is how it looks year round) be safe and watch out for mischievous sprites out to make trouble.

It’s not very widely celebrated in New Zealand so my American blogger friends I need your help – what’s a Kiwi to do? (Ps. if you’re in London, +Londonist have a great Halloween guide).

What is Halloween to you? And most importantly, Trick or Treat?

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