Sunday, 1 November 2015

Pumpkin carving

Although this picture suggests otherwise:

That's me on the left and my older sister on the right.

My family never really celebrated Halloween. I know I look all dressed up to go trick or treating above but I don't actually remember going trick or treating as a child. It just wasn't something that we did. Although Halloween has roots in Europe, I think it is still seen by many people in Britain as a very American holiday? Therefore, although lots of people join in the fun - as they do for say St Patrick's Day for example - it doesn't quite have the same importance as Bonfire Night or Christmas (unless I'm wrong? London was extremely busy on Saturday night!). And so pumpkin carving is yet another thing that I have never done before.

But it it is something that has become very popular in the UK over the last couple of years. In the lead up to Halloween the supermarkets are stocked with huge bins of them - hundreds of pumpkins that sell out pretty fast - and on the day, Facebook is awash with pictures of pumpkins carved into some very impressive and not so very impressive designs haha.

Therefore it is something I have been very keen to try. Last year I went as far as buying pumpkins to carve but we ran out of time and no actually carving took place and so it remained something  I have never tried. However, this year I had that rare thing called day off and I definitely feel like I made the most of it.

After a nice lie in, I went for a lovely little walk with my girlfriend Liliana to the wonderful Epping Forest:

We then bought two pumpkins, went back to her house and got carving:

So here it is, my finished pumpkin:

It was a lot of fun to do. I'll definitely look forward to doing it again next year. And not too bad for a first try? Here's the image I copied:

They look fairly similar... right? haha.

Pumpkins carved we had a good bit of food, before painting our faces:

and heading out into London town, for a rare night on the tiles. And although we had issues with large queues and lack of ID's, all in all it was a pretty good Halloween!

I hope yours was just as fun!
Happy Halloween everyone :)