Trick or Treat? Halloween Fun in Your Kitchen!

Happy Halloween party with children trick or treatingHalloween is fast approaching and will herald the inevitable processions of shadowy figures, faces eerily illuminated by sinister glowing lanterns, foraging for treats!   Whilst the custom of Trick or Treating is often thought to be a recent commercial import from the US, it already existed in this country before then!  In the Middle Ages there was a custom called Souling, where children – and sometimes poor adults – would dress up in costumes and go from door to door seeking food or money in return for songs and prayers, often on behalf of the dead.  In Scotland there was also a custom called Guising where children would visit homes for food and coins sometimes carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips.

This Halloween why not do something a bit different?   As well as having the lantern at the door and the treats at the ready for visiting children, how about a family celebration too?  At Planen our strapline is “live with style” and we firmly believe that this applies to the whole family!   A beautiful designer kitchen is wonderful but it needs to be practical and enjoyable for children as well as adults.  So here are some ideas to make the most of your kitchen and enjoy some quality family time this Halloween!

Creating your lantern

Jack-o-LanternThese days you can buy ready-made lanterns in many supermarkets and, to be honest, it’s tempting isn’t it!   But creating your lanterns together as a family can be great fun and can fuel a child’s interest in preparing fresh food that will influence them for years to come.  Here’s how to prepare a pumpkin lantern in easy stages!

  • Choose the right pumpkin!  It should be a good size with at least a couple of inches of stem.  Make sure there are no blemishes or soft spots.
  • Cut a good-sized circular hole around the stalk to form a lid for your lantern.
  • Scoop out the seeds and any loose flesh from inside the pumpkin with a spoon.
  • Carve a face onto one side of the pumpkin – you may want to draw it on first to make this easier!
  • Scrape away the flesh on the inside of the face until it is only around a centimetre thick.
  • Hollow out a circle in the centre of the base where your candle or tea-light will go.
  • Place your candle in the hollow, light it and replace the lid of your lantern.

A kitchen for the whole family!

At Planen when we help our customers to design their dream kitchen, one of the things we like to do is to help you think through not just what you want your kitchen to look like but to envisage how you want to use it.   A happy home needs a functional family kitchen where scenarios such as creating lanterns can easily take place.   A kitchen where future memories are made!   If you are considering a new kitchen why not come and see us at our showroom where we can sit down with a coffee and have an informal chat about your project.  We will take the time to listen to your wants and needs, and help you to create your dream kitchen in the process.

In the right kitchen, as well as creating your own lanterns the whole family can then enjoy preparing  some hearty autumn food with the leftovers.   Your children will love to help you make either pumpkin soup or pumpkin pie from the flesh of the pumpkin, and the seeds can be roasted as a snack.   This can all form the perfect menu for a Halloween celebration supper!

If these scenarios appeal and you are about to replace your kitchen then it would be well worth considering an open plan design where several family members can be involved in preparing food at the same time – and then sit down and eat it together!   Browse through the many wonderful examples in our extensive range of kitchens  or look at some of our amazing case studies such as the Blom family example pictured below.

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We hope that you enjoy Halloween with the whole family.  If we can help you towards a more family-friendly kitchen in plenty of time for Halloween next year do get in touch with us and we’d be happy to get things moving!

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