So, here’s the thing: I have never celebrated Halloween. Where I’m from, we don’t celebrate Halloween. What we have is Sint Maarten, a celebration on the 11th of November where kids make lanterns and go by houses to sing songs and receive candy. And so, I celebrated my first Halloween this year.
I must admit that I’m not a going-out kind of person and thus I had planned absolutely nothing. However, last Monday the archery club suddenly mentioned I had to show up in a costume on Thursday evening. WHAT?! Cue an absolute panic about what to do and what to wear, because I left all my costumes at home. Thank Gods I had an epiphany. I would be Robin Hoed. Here’s the thing:
We all know the archer Robin Hood. But when you say ‘Hood’ in Dutch it’s ‘hoed’ which means ‘hat’. So I decided to get a tophat and make a Robins nest in it. My flatmate and I went on a shopping adventure to buy all the materials and… there were no bird-Robins anywhere… In a toyshop, we walked by some Batman and Robin figurines though and before you know it, my punny hat was now a triple pun.
I adorned my hat with sticks, broom-bristles, and heroes, I dressed in brown trying to emulate a tree and off I went to archery. At archery we didn’t shoot at our normal targets, but at Halloween themed targets with sweeties on them. When you’d hit the sweeties, you’d get to eat them right away and at three sweeties, you also got a capucake… Hello sugar high! After our session we went on to a pub for a bit of fun and banter and afterward I thought that this (for me) wild night was about all there was to Halloween in my life… But no!
Because as my flatmate and I are walking home from class on Friday we received some free pumpkins to carve. Having never carved a pumpkin, I started with the ambitious goal of making a Tinkerbell-pumpkin. As drawing is not one of my better qualities, I quickly gave up and decided to make a little house with heads on stakes instead. Isn’t that lovely? With all the leftover pumpkin we’re roasting seeds and made a delicious ramen broth. However, a few seeds have been given a special role as Flat Children. As I write this they are happily germinating in a bag. We’re hoping to grow pumpkins in the kitchen! As with all plants, these kids had to be named as well and to remain in the Halloween spirits, we’ve named them after serial killers. So lovely!
Thank you to the archery club and my flatmate for dragging me into the Halloween spirits because I must admit that I do love this celebration. I had an absolute ton of fun this week and it’s wonderful to learn about all these things.