Have a spooktacular Halloween with your Indian Fire Bowl
With the evenings starting to draw in, October brings with it the spookiest night of the year - Halloween. Celebrated each year on 31st October, Halloween is believed to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. The Celts believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead, and they would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.
Nowadays lots of American Halloween traditions have migrated across the pond to the UK. Although it’s relatively new, Halloween is continuing to grow in popularity, with many households now choosing to mark the holiday by trick or treating, carving pumpkins, and watching scary movies.
At this time of year there are lots of ways Indian Fire Bowls can enhance celebrations, so we’ve put together a few suggestions to help make your Halloween scarily good!
Throwing a party
Halloween is the perfect opportunity to throw a big party for your friends and family. Decorate your house with witches, black cats and ghosts, and carve pumpkins to be placed outside your front door. Ask guests to come in fancy dress, and don’t forget to make a playlist of spooky music for dancing. Your Indian Fire Bowl will be the perfect centrepiece for a drinks reception in the garden, and it’ll also act as a dramatic backdrop for photographs of guests in their costumes. As the party starts to wind down and the evening gets chilly, you and your guests can stay warm by gathering around the heat of the Indian Fire Bowl, toasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories.
Hosting a family dinner
If you and your family would prefer a quieter evening in, your Indian Fire Bowl is perfect for preparing a big, slow-cooked meal for everyone to enjoy. Chillis, soups and stews can all be simmered gently for hours in the kadai bowl, filling your garden with the aroma of different herbs and spices.
If children choose to go out trick or treating, you could also put together some simple, spooky snacks for their return. These ‘blood and guts’ potatoes can be baked in foil on the Indian Fire Bowl, and their simple decoration makes them easy to finish off. These ‘witches fingers’ hotdogs only require three ingredients; freshly barbecued sausages, sliced almonds and ketchup, and make for a seriously scary treat.
Staying in to watch scary movies
If parties aren’t your thing, perhaps you’d prefer to stay inside on Halloween, snuggled up on the sofa with a selection of scary movies and some snacks. However, the chances are you’ll still get trick or treaters knocking at your door, so it’s a good idea to be prepared. Depending on the size of your Indian Fire Bowl, it could be the perfect vessel for candy. Simply extinguish the fire, clean the bowl, and fill it with sweets and chocolates of your choice. You can then place it on your porch, ready for when children visit. If it’s a larger size, you could light the Fire Bowl and leave it outside your house to invite trick or treaters in. They won’t forget a home with a blazing fire lighting up the front lawn!
However you’re celebrating Halloween this year, we hope you’ve found these tips helpful. We’d love to know how you’re using your Indian Fire Bowl this year, so send us your photos via our Facebook page!
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