This is how Halloween becomes healthy fun

This is how Halloween becomes healthy fun

Halloween is the time to scoop out a pumpkin, stock up on candy, design costumes and decorate the house with skeletons, black cats and spooky decorations. But why is Halloween celebrated? The origins of Halloween are still debated today.

History of Halloween

The name is a short form of All Hallows’ Even, the evening before All Saints’ Day, when Halloween is traditionally celebrated. According to legend, Celtic druids celebrated a festival on the night of October 31st to November 1st to say goodbye to summer and welcome winter, the time of Samhain, the god of the dead.

On this night, it was believed one could make contact with the dead and vice versa; the dead returned as spirits. Therefore, people disguised themselves with ugly faces to scare off the haunted spirits. Today, a Halloween costume often represents a ghost itself. The traditional Halloween pumpkin, which no Halloween party should be without today, was originally a turnip. However, when Irish immigrants brought the Halloween tradition to America, people took to carving out a pumpkin instead of a turnip.

 

Scary Halloween costumes

It’s not just children in America who like to put on costumes on Halloween: Vampires, bats, skeletons, or the like are also the most popular Halloween costumes among adults, not just at a Halloween party. In Germany, too, more and more children go from house to house on Halloween night to ask for trick-or-treating. You can order Halloween costumes or make them yourself. A witch, for example, only needs a black cloak, a broom and a pointed hat. In addition, prime the face white and paint the lips and eyes in an intense black.

Unlike Fassnacht, Halloween costumes always have something spooky about them. So, the right ambience should be present. Anyone who organizes a Halloween party can only do with giant spider webs, bats, ghosts and, of course, the pumpkin. The same applies here: If you want to avoid shopping in one of the numerous Halloween shops or department store departments, you can also make your own Halloween decorations for the party at home. A craft afternoon is fun for the whole family; everyone can contribute to the Halloween party.

No Halloween party without a Halloween pumpkin

The legend that the villain Jack O. tricked the devil comes from Ireland. However, he took pity on him when he went neither to heaven nor hell after his death and gave him a turnip with a glowing piece of coal as a lamp, with which he subsequently walked through the intermediate world. Today, the Halloween pumpkin, also known as Jack O’ Lantern, is said to scare off evil spirits and has become the ultimate symbol of Halloween.

A kitchen knife cuts a lid into the Halloween pumpkin, which is later put back on. The pumpkin is now hollowed out with a spoon, and the healthy and delicious pulp can be processed with the help of one of the numerous Halloween recipes. Now, you can carve a face on the pumpkin with the kitchen knife. Finally, place a tea light inside and put the lid back on. The Halloween pumpkin is ready! Halloween pumpkin carving contests are also an entertaining game for young and old at the Halloween party, as is the scariest Halloween costume contest.

 

Healthy Halloween Recipes

Anyone who has used pumpkins of all sizes and shapes for their Halloween party can use the pulp to prepare delicious dishes. How about a healthy pumpkin salad with apples and carrots, for example? The following feast is not only suitable as a Halloween recipe. You take:

  • Two apples
  • 200g carrots
  • 200g pumpkin pulp
  • some sugar
  • One lemon
  • 100ml natural yoghurt
  • Some parsley
  • 50 g chopped hazelnuts

Recipe: Preparing Pumpkin Salad

The apples and carrots are washed, peeled, and grated with the pumpkin flesh. Squeeze the lemon and mix the juice with the yoghurt and sugar to form a paste. Then chop the parsley and stir in. Mix the cream with the fruit in a bowl, and finally, sprinkle the hazelnuts on top – the salad is ready to serve.

Many parents criticize the mass candy distribution on Halloween. There are also healthy Halloween recipes that can not only be served to children but also become real eye-catchers at Halloween parties for adults. The “sweet eyes” are a memorable gag: cherries or berries are placed in the indentations of lychees (can come from a tin). Dip a toothpick in red food colouring and paint small veins on it. The eyes are offered on a tray – and the Halloween party will be a hit!

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