A Google search for ‘pumpkin quotes’ yields “About 3,660,000 results (0.14 seconds).”
Yes, more than three-and-a-half million results. The world has gone bananas with Halloween fever, and that includes South Africa. Pumpkins are selling for between R70 and R100. I’ve no idea what today’s exchange rate to the US$ us, but – as a Facebook friend rightly commented – “…bloody hell…does it come with white horses and a coachman…?”
The pumpkins are selling out like nobody’s business and the toys shops are doing a roaring trade in expensive costumes; gone are the days of ‘make your own’. On Monday we’ll have brats-with-buckets begging for treats, I am thinking of tricking them with the water-hose instead.
Yes, if there was a Grinch-equivalent for Halloween, I am it and I don’t care who knows it. I’m giving my daughter a butternut I paid 50 cents for, she can have a gemsquash too, they’re only R10 a bag. And as for the begging-brigade, they can have slices of my butternut bread; I dare them to refuse …
I adapted a recipe I found here and omitted the nuts as O Bunn is not a fan of them, I also substituted butternut for the pumpkin: