Spo-fans know All Hallow’s Eve is Ur Truly’s favorite holiday. This morning I go to work with a bowl of Hallowe’en ‘trail mix’ to share with the staff. I wear a black shirt and Halloween bow-tie. I am surmounted by my Viking helmet, for 10/31 is the only day I run around town bedecked so.*
After work I rush home to prepare for the evening’s holiday block party. I’ve made my pumpkin dip.*** The three strata of candies are ready in their orange and black containers.** I am expecting around one hundred ‘beggars’ as Father likes to call them. It should be jolly good fun, provided enough neighbors participate.
When the kiddies have all gone home to count their loot, Someone and I will watch a classic movie such as “The Haunting (1963)” or “Dracula”. The former is an annual must-view; the later is a movie I have never seen in its entirety. We will sip Haloween martinis made of black vodka.
I will get out the Tarot Cards and read all the requests.
If there is any energy leftover I might read a ghost story or two. Perhaps I will merely think of my ancestors, thousands of years ago in the British Isles, who evoked the Druids to close the year and pray for the dead. I like the notion of participating in something passed down from antiquity.
Thus ends October and thus ends the ‘year’ at Samhain.
Boo! and good night !
* Can you imagine the ‘new patients” when I come fetch them from the waiting room?
“Why don’t you come in my dear, I’ve been expecting you!” :-)
** The “A” candy consists of black plastic cauldrons containing square chocolates wrapped in silver and gold; the “B” candy are fun-size snicker bars; the “C” candy is a dumdum pop.
*** Pumpkin Dip
1 15oz. can pumpkin
1 8oz package of softened cream cheese
1 cup (8 ounces) light sour cream
1 4 ounce can diced green chiles
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
1 15 0z. can diced tomatoes, drained.
1 can black olives – drained and diced
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
3-4 green onions. Sliced
2 orange bell peppers diced
1- Combine pumpkin, cream cheese in a bowl. Spread into an 8×8 inch square dish.
2 – Combine sour cream, chiles, and garlic salt in a small bowl. Spread over the pumpkin mixture.
3 – Top off with diced tomatoes, green and purple onions.
4 – cover all with enough diced orange pepper to make the ‘pumpkin face’
5- make a pumpkin face using the diced black olives
5b (optional) – do a little jig 3x counterclockwise around the kitchen island while chanting:
“Eye of newt and gopher knees; make this chip dip people please” and cross your eyes and click your heels three times for good measure.
6 – Refrigerate the dish for at least 2 hours. Serve with chips.