Happy Halloween everyone! It’s one of my favourite seasonal holidays as the whole day is about having fun, dressing up, scaring yourself and eating sweets – any occasion that doesn’t revolve entirely around eating some kind of meat gets a thumbs up from me!
If you’re unsure of what to do today, here are some suggestions I have for all you vegans out there scratching your noggins:
Carve a turnip
Did you know that the first jack o’ lanterns were actually turnips, not pumpkins? The practice originated right here in Ireland (although several cultures around the world are known for carving scary faces into produce and objects to ward off evil) in order to keep evil spirits at bay on Samhain, when the veil between our world and the otherworld is at its thinnest and spirits can pass through.
When Irish people emigrated to America, they brought the tradition with them, but because turnips are notoriously difficult to cut through, the practice evolved to encompass pumpkins instead (much softer to cut into). Today, most people use pumpkins to protect their homes during Halloween, but why not go back to basics and try your luck with a turnip?
Bake vegan treats
Many vegans avoid animal products because of an innate moral belief, but plenty are also pretty health-conscious. Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean you have to gobble down bowls of chemically-enhanced sugar!
I know, I know; it’s Halloween so you’re going to want something to satisfy that sweet tooth. Why not make your own treats? I posted up a few recipes of chocolate, caramel-y, cupcake-y goodness if you want to check them out and do a bit of baking! Hey, you could even invite round some friends and get them to try out your yummy creations (no need to tell them it’s vegan!)
Chances are you have a friend or family member who is a fear junkie. It’s Halloween and they claim they want their wits scared out of them. Well, perhaps you could take the opportunity to show them something truly scary.
The scariest of movies often feature aspects of life that could possibly occur, and what’s scarier than facing habits that you’ve engaged in your whole life and didn’t think twice about? Earthlings isn’t just scary, it will make you face yourself and the reasons why you do things, things you never critically think about and can potentially turn everything you thought you knew about yourself and life on its head.
What are you doing tonight? Let me know in the comments! Oiche shamhna shona diabh!