London was fantastic but I'm glad to be back home in time for Hallowe'en (and my husband's birthday)! Several pumpkins and squash have been brought into the house and I've been deliberating for the last couple of weeks on how I wanted to carve mine. I finally settled on the idea of a haunted house for my extra big Pumpkini and for leaving the other uncut and on the table as decoration. My husband's pumpkin was a no-brainer really - he loves the Nightmare before Christmas :)
Hallowe'en is celebrated on the Isle of Man but it has been integrated into the equivalent Manx holiday, called Hop tu Naa (Hop-too-nay). Predating Hallowe'en, Hop tu Naa celebrates the beginning of the Celtic New Year. In the past boys with staffs and jack-o-lanterns made of turnips would jokingly terrorise the neighbours and be rewarded with herring or some other bite to eat. There were other superstitious customs involving a lot of silent eating, walking backwards and prophesying but these days the celebrations are generally fairly tame with the usual fancy dress and candy associated with the American holiday.
Though we've had tons of kids trick-or-treating in years past, we've only lived in our village since February of this year and so weren't quite sure if we'd receive any tonight. Being positive, I did go through the trouble to make nearly two dozen chocolate cupcakes just in case. Sadly, we haven't had a single festively dressed child come to the door! It's a bit of a disappointment but I suppose the plus side is having all those cupcakes to nibble on over the next couple of days. And besides, they might just be a wee bit scary for the little ones anyway ;)