Did you know?….. Halloween is actually more Irish than St. Patrick’s Day? It was inspired by the Irish Celtic Festival “Samhain,” literally meaning “Summer’s End,” which celebrates the end of the harvest season. St. Patrick’s Day was only a minor religious holiday in Ireland until the 1970s and is still celebrated as such there, whereas Irish-Americans have made it into the Green Beer Day we’ve all come to know and love here in the United States.
As the weekend quickly approaches, people all around the city are getting their last minute details done on their Halloween costumes. Here at The Club, we have a variety of characters we’ll be dressing up as for the weekend, such as Wilma Flintstone, a Mime, and Wayne and Garth from the 90s comedy classic Wayne’s World. If you don’t have plans yet, it’s not too late! Places all around town will be having Spooky Specials on drinks and food, and there’s still time to enjoy a Haunted House, something we have plenty of in Columbus and the surrounding areas! (Check out this site to find your nearest Haunted Attractions- ohiohauntedhouses.com )
If you plan on taking your kids, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers, or sisters out trick-or-treating, you can check out 10TV for a list of date and times for your neighborhood. Here at The Club, we always want a good time to be had by everyone. Unfortunately, for those with food allergies, trick-or-treating can be a scarier experience than expected, and some don’t get to enjoy it at all. That’s where the Teal Pumpkin Project comes in. This national campaign was launched by Food Allergy Research & Education last year and we think it’s a great idea that we’d like to share with you. Essentially, when you have a Teal Pumpkin out front, or a Teal Pumpkin Sign, it signals to children with food allergies, and their parents, that you have non-food treats that their child can enjoy, risk free. This may be creepy spider rings, bouncy balls, fake tattoos, or any kind of small toy or treat that is safe and fun. For more information, you can check out their website here to find out how you can get involved!
If a night in with some friends is more your pace, here are a few food and drink recipes you can make on your own to get in the spirit! For a quick drink for a crowd, try this Brew-Ha-Ha Punch (below left) from Southern Living. It’s festive and fresh, yet still looks a little scary, especially when you take their hint and serve the punch bowl over a bowl of dry ice, the spooky fog is sure to please! For something a little more sophisticated, try a Blood Orange Martini (below right) from My Recipes. The Blood Orange Juice and Vodka give it just the “bite” you need.
Now Halloween isn’t complete without some tasty treats, so here are a few for you guys to try. If you want something warm and delicious, try this Butternut Squash Soup (below left) from Food.com. It’s perfect fall flavors with a festive spider web garnish to please the eyes, and the palate. For something handheld, try this Cauldron inspired dip with an assortment of pretzels and peppers to dip in it from AllYou.com (below right).
Whether you’re going out, staying in, passing out candy, or braving your way through a Haunted House or a Horror Movie, all of us here at The Club wish you a very Happy (and very safe!) Halloween!