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7 Ideas to Australian-ify Halloween



 

7 Ideas to Australian-ify Halloween

Halloween in Australia. Is it even a thing?

Unlike our American pals, we’re still a long way from embracing October 31st into Australian culture.

Perhaps halloween just isn’t Aussie enough?

Well, here’s 7 ways to Australian-ify Halloween.

Australian-made lollies

Key word: lollies. Anything called candy is downright not acceptable in the land down under. Think Caramello Koalas, Fantales, Milko Chews or go gourmet and hand out Australian macadamias for a healthier Australia.

Try: Eco Nuts Australia’s honey roasted macadamia nuts. These delicious balls of 100% Australian grown and made goodness come pre-packed for easy, hygienic and healthier halloween treats.


Dress up like an Aussie

Typical Halloween costumes are designed to frighten onlookers, and we’re pretty lucky to have some frighteningly famous characters. Think Ned Kelly, a crazy Crocodile Dundee or even a best friend duo of Kath and Kim. They’re sure to create some goosebumps.

Throw a barbecue

Because any excuse for a mid-week celebration, right? Gather your mates, fill up the esky and cook up some sausages. Label the tomato sauce as blood, carve a spooky pumpkin-style face into the cob loaf and handout ‘human meat’ party pies.

Try:Add some funky terracotta to your outdoor entertaining toolkit with Eumundi Clayworks. There’s loads of nick-knacks from bowls, spoon rests, incense holders, mosquito coil pots, ashtrays, tea bag holders, wine coolers, as well as hanging wind chimes and even festive decorations. All full of colour and sure to add some charm to your spooky celebration.


Make a blood (orange) punch

Using Australian ingredients of course. Stock up on Australian rum at the bottlo and make this tangy punch for your Halloween party.

Blood orange punch

Makes 20 standard drinks

Ingredients:

1 litre blood orange juice

1 litre fresh orange juice from Orange By Nature (find them at the Original Eumundi Markets every Saturday)

1.25 litres blood orange soda

500ml light rum

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

2 blood oranges, cut into 1cm thick slices

Method:

Mix the juice, soda, rum and lime juice into a large punch bowl suitable for 5 litres or more.

Add 4-5 cups of ice and the blood orange slices to serve.

Please note a few Australian brands:

Nippy’s Blood Orange Juice

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks Blood Orange Soda

Bundaberg Rum


Stay sustainable

According to the 2018 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) index, Australia is falling behind other advanced countries as far as eco-friendly choices go. Ranked 37th in the world (with US at 35th spot), it was a massive and disappointing drop from the previous years ranking of 26th.

The good news is, it’s not too late to go green, and outdoor entertaining is a good place to start. Imagine if every Australian backyard ditched plastic cutlery and straws for gorgeous pottery and electric or solar grills over gas or coal. Don’t just do it for Australia, do it for the planet.

Try: Spun Mud’s functional works of ceramic art including plates, bowls, cups, jugs and tea pots. Each piece holds its own unique shape after being spun individually on a solar powered wheel and finished off in a gas kiln.


Don’t forget to pass on eco-friendly ethics to the little ones by giving them a Eumundi tote bag to collect their treats. Made from natural unbleached calico, each and every Eumundi Markets bag is fighting for one less plastic bag.


Swap pumpkins for pineapples

Leave the glowing pumpkin faces for the American’s and set an Aussie tradition of pineapple jack-o’-lanterns. Pineapple are in season, loaded with vitamin C and as it turns out, super easy to carve. Here’s how to do it.

Pineapple Jack-O’-Lanterns

Makes 1

Ingredients:

1 pineapple

3 tealights

Cutting board

Spoon

Sharp knife

Two bowls

Method:

Step 1: Cut the top off the pineapple. Slice into the pineapple flesh and around the edges. Pull the pineapple chunks out and dig the remaining bits with a spoon.

Step 2: Carve two triangle shaped eyes, one smaller triangle shaped nose and smile into the pineapple.

Step 3: Place the tea lights in the bottom of the pineapple and set alight. Put the top back on the pineapple. How Aussie is that?

Fruity tip: Save the pineapple flesh and make a classic Aussie fruit salad with whatever other fruits are fresh and available straight from the farmers at the Original Eumundi Markets.


Dim the lights

Whether you call it romantic or spooky, there’s no denying a mysterious vibe about candle lit nights. Ditch the LEDs and decorate your yard with sparks. Think fairy lights, lanterns, candles and tiki torches.

Try: The enchanting ceramic lanterns from Art in Clay by Kiki, or the seriously Aussie wooden tea light holders and lamps from Banksia Gifts Australia.


 

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