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Get Spooky in Time for Halloween

October 16th, 2015 by Sussex Country Gardener

SCG Halloween
Like many of the festivals that we celebrate in the west; Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve has its roots in old pagan religions, and despite its popularity around the world, particularly in North America, the festival can be traced back to Scottish and Celtic origins. In England we’ve embraced the celebration of Halloween more and more over recent years, and regardless of its beginnings as a way to celebrate old saints or the dead, it offers up a great opportunity to decorate your home and garden in vibrant colours, invite friends and family over and properly welcome in the autumn. In this article we’ll look at a few ways to really get into the spirit (no pun intended) of things.

Get Creative with Pumpkin Carving

Jackolanterns
Many Halloween decorations, aside from the more frightful ghouls and ghosts, really emphasise the changing in colours of nature and are a great way to make the orange, reds and ambers present in tress really stand out. Pumpkin carving is a great way to celebrate Halloween, and with supervision from an adult can be great fun for children. There are so many ways that you can be creative with your pumpkin, and you don’t have to look far to find some incredibly talented examples of expert pumpkin carving. Pumpkins are really versatile beyond their use as decoration. The insides can be used in a whole host of different recipes to make warming autumn soups and stews and more. After Halloween it can be tempting just to throw away your old pumpkin, but if you have a compost heap don’t forget that pumpkins will degrade the same as any other plant matter. If you haven’t started a compost heap yet but want to start; pumpkins are a great way to begin. When preparing your old pumpkin for composting ensure that you remove any candles or lighting devices, you can also remove the innards for use in recipes and whatnot, however if you want to leave them in they will decompose along with your pumpkin so they can be left inside, however keep in mind that if you leave the seeds you do run the risk of your compost heap becoming a pumpkin patch. Once nature has run its course you’ll be left with some excellent compost that will be full of nutrients for new plants to grow, but if you want to find out a bit more about how to start your own compost heap just ask us and we’ll be happy to help.

Embrace Fancy Dress

Fancy Dress
Halloween is a great time of year to have fun and really get into the spirit of things, and there’s no better way to do this than to take part in a bit of fancy dress. The choices are limitless, and whether you want to be a traditional scary witch, a spooky ghost, a creepy skeleton or even something more modern such as a member of the Avengers the real trick is to have fun and enjoy yourself. So don’t just limit the fun to the children, get into the spirit of things and crack out the face paints, be a hero, be something scary, just make sure to have fun.

Keep People Warm on Cold Nights

The autumn season is going into full effect, and despite a comparatively warm September temperatures are starting to drop, but just because it’s getting cold it doesn’t mean that you need to close off the garden from your guests. Getting a toasty fire going in a chimenea or fire pit can be a great way to keep your guests outdoors on a spooky evening but still keep them warm, it also can provide some spooky lighting making it a great addition to a great telling of a scary story. We also recommend using a parasol heater as an additional touch to make sure that everyone stays nice and warm both during the day and in the colder evenings.

Come and Celebrate Halloween at Sussex Country Gardener

We’ve got a whole host of festivities planned at Sussex Country Gardener for children and the young at heart to enjoy on the run up to Halloween, and details of all of the following events can also be found on our October Events page. We’ll be hosting a fireworks evening on Friday 23rd of October between 5.30pm and 8.30pm during which we’ll be holding our Halloween Grotto opening, and there will also be balloons and face painting, as well as a barbecue and drinks to get everyone into the spirit of the season. Our spooky Halloween Grotto will officially be open between the 26th and 31st of October and will include some great activities for children to enjoy such as a Spooky Trail, where you can play Find the Creatures, Answer the Questions, Meet the Wizard and there’s even a prize for every child who attends. The Mark Cross Witch will be with us on the 30th of October between 9am and 10:30am to provide some spooky goodies and ghoulish treats, and on the 30th and 31st of October our Halloween festivities will be in full swing, and between 10am and 2pm we’ll have activities including pumpkin carving, face painting, balloon animals, biscuit decorating and a ghoulish Guess What game. We’ll also have a Birds and the Beasts Spooktacular Show on the 31st of October at 11am, 12pm and 2pm that will include some scary encounters with tarantulas, snakes, vultures and lots of creepy crawlies. All details of dates, times and prices for each of these events are on our October Events page, so be sure to check for any potential changes and to see what’s on before attending.

At Sussex Country Gardener we have almost everything (unfortunately we can’t supply with your very own poltergeist) you could need for a terrifying Halloween, so why not come by and we can help you with your very own Halloween party, or bring the kids and we’ll keep them entertained with our spooky Halloween events. If you want to contact us about any of the products that we offer or to find out more about our Halloween events please feel free to stop by our Garden Centre in Crowborough, East Sussex, and our friendly staff will be happy to help. Alternatively you can always contact us using our online contact form or by calling us on 01892 852828.