The arrival of Autumn brings with it one of the most sinister holidays of the year: Halloween. While it has Anglo origins, Halloween is increasingly rooted in Spanish culture. On the night of the 31st of October, witches, spirits and horror become central characters of holidays tales. But how should we decorate our homes for the occasion? Without a doubt, the best-known object is the illuminated pumpkin. Today we’ve gathered these simple steps to provide instructions on how to create the darkest pumpkin of all.
1. Sketch It Out
If you want a really scary pumpkin, leave no room for improvisation and sketch it all out before hand, including the eyes and mouth (marking the teeth). Include traits that cause fear, pointing features downward, especially taking care to emphasise the top of a toothy mouth. Try sketching ideas on a piece of paper before cutting or drawing directly on the pumpkin. This way, you can design your idea and see it before you start cutting.
2. Cut It With A Knife
Before you start cutting away or emptying, draw the eyes and mouth on the pumpkin. If you end up doing this in reverse, you may not end up with enough space to slice away at the areas designated for cutting. Grab a knife but be careful – the surface of a pumpkin is usually very hard and be difficult to cut through. Remember that it’s the pumpkin that should be scary, not you!
3. Empty The Pumpkin
Once you’ve set aside the areas to cut, make room for some lighting. Draw a circle on the top and start cutting. Use a spoon to start emptying. If you find if difficult from the beginning, use a common ice cream scooper. Keep in mind that you have to clear out enough room, but not so much that it will not allow at least an inch on the bottom for stability. If you do not remember this, the heat from the candle could destabilise the whole pumpkin.
4. Light It Up
You now have your pumpkin ready for the darkest night of the year. You can leave it in its natural colour or use paint to change it. Many will also use glitter, personalise it with their own objects or add cobwebs or black paper. But remember to always illuminate it. Place a candle inside it and light it up. You will instantly see the result!
5. Make Use Of The Meat
Once you’ve finished with your Halloween pumpkin, you can then turn your attention to the meat. It is very common to create a typical puree (squash, leeks and onions) and there is also the UK tradition of “pumpkin pie” to eat on the Day of All Saints. You can also use it as a garnish for your lunch of cooked “garlic”, as is the tradition in the interior villages of Andalucia.
Now you know, if you want to decorate your home according to the most mysterious night of the year, don’t forget to make your own pumpkin. Its fun and a great activity for the whole family. Whatever you do this year, remember your family and those who have passed on.
WHERE TO STAY
Without a doubt, if you want to enjoy towns on the Costa del Sol and experience Halloween, the best accommodation option is Fuerte Hoteles. In addition to the services on offer, the chain has establishments where you can enjoy the best of every point in the province. Over 50 years of experience are the best possible guarantee. Two of the towns where this incredible accommodation can be found are Marbella and Torrox, exceptional starting points for getting the best out of the most terrifying night of the year