It cannot be understated how much I love Halloween in Fermanagh. The colours in the trees, walking in the crunchy leaves, crisp dark evenings and star filled night skies, the moon and of course, Halloween food. Yes, it is without doubt my favourite time of the year.
I especially love the tradition, the folklore and the spirituality of the festival. It’s a nice time for reflection before the busy Christmas season is upon us.
But there’s also the playful, prankster side to the festival that just puts zip into my day.
Phil The Zombie
This year at Gilmartin’s Craft Shop, we’ve turned upstairs into a haunted house, with a zombie who appears to be breaking out through a boarded up window. We named him Phil!
You might notice a change in Phil’s hairdo from picture one to picture two. Peter gave him a wee man bun to keep the hair out of his eyes as it was hiding his face a bit.
Michelle Duffy took this photo of her son Blake looking up at Phil. I think this photo captures the essence of Halloween.
Well hello up there!
Halloween food is right up my street, mandarin oranges, apple tarts, buttered barmbrack… I could go on…
I bought a humongous pumpkin! It is the largest I’ve ever seen and weighs 1 st 9 lbs.
*A note to American readers: bear with me please, oversized pumpkins are a relatively new concept in Ireland, so yeah, i’m all newfangled with its gigantic-ness
I’ve devised a little pumpkin challenge for myself. Well when I say challenge, I really mean that I am on a mission to find recipes and ideas so I can go and buy some more of the the lovely pumpkins and squashes in the local vegetable shop.
I’m thinking pumpkin pie, risotto, soup, bread… Recipe suggestions will be greatly received. Feel free to post links to good recipes in the comments or even some of your own recipes that I can try.
Right now the giant pumpkin is making a nice display at the front door.
Halloween In Fermanagh: Events In And Near To Belleek
As usual there are lots of events for everyone over Halloween weekend. Here’s a round up of what’s on in this part of Fermanagh for Halloween 2017
Sunday 29th October
Garrison Community Group Halloween Extravaganza
Best Pumpkin, Scavenger Trail, Fancy Dress Disco and Party Games
Mulleek Spooktacular Halloween Ball
Music by K Mac
Supper served and raffle on the night
Prizes for the best fancy dressed children and adults
Monday 30th October
Annual Black Cat Cove Halloween Childrens’ Party,
The wicked witch is back!
Story telling and party with Big Bear
Prizes for best dressed.
Tuesday 31st October
Mr Bloomfield’s Horrible Halloween at Belleek Pottery
12pm – 6pm
Halloween at Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre plans to be a very spooky event this year. Mr Bloomfield’s Horrible Halloween event is a great opportunity to take part in an afternoon of freaky fun with a programme of activities to keep little ones amused.
Happy Halloween to you
- Back to Glencar For Culture Night 2017
- Fermanagh’s Stairway To Heaven