That time of year is upon us when the supermarkets fill their shelves with pumpkins and people all over the world go crazy to cut a scary face into one. Pumpkins however, are orange and they glow orange, and orange is a happy colour, a summer colour, and not a scary colour at all. Here is my solution to that Halloween problem.
It was a girl I lived with at university who demonstrated to me an alternative item to carve on Halloween. I think the long and short of it was that we had no car and the corner shop near us had no pumpkins left but anyway I digress. We needed something to display in the lounge, to practice our artwork and to vent a bit of October frustration on. A watermelon seemed to be the ideal solution to this very Halloween-y problem. Green and red are, after all, the scary colours most associated with Halloween and the horror genre, making a watermelon the perfect substitute. Of course a pumpkin carves nicely and you make a real masterpiece out of it (photos below courtesy of my housemate Rich, and 3 hours hard labour) but it still looks a bit jolly with it’s bright orange skin and pale innards.
Also, nobody ever really knows what to do with the inside of a pumpkin do they? I mean maybe in other countries they do, but here in the UK I am convinced people talk about making soup and tarts and pies and things but I bet a lot of pumpkin debris ends up in bins all over the place during October.
Watermelons are delicious and juicy and you don’t even have to think about what to do with them. Eat them as they are, whilst scooping them out if you wish or make a fruit salad to take to work with you, like I did. Or even better, mix the mush with vodka and serve as a perfect Halloween punch. The possibilities really are endless! (Well that is the only suggestion I have so not really endless but you get the idea!).
Carving your melon is easy and all you need is a knife (be careful kids!), a bowl to put the inside into, a sharpie to draw the features before you start hacking away, a tealight to light up the finished product, and a tongue to lick the juice off your fingers while you work.
I now carve a watermelon each and every Halloween. Not that I have anything against those of you who carve pumpkins instead (and I am sure they are a lot more elaborate and menacing than my dopey looking melon) but I urge you to give this a try instead for Halloween this year. I am convinced you won’t be disappointed by this fruity take on a classic Halloween tradition.