Pumpkins – Spooky and Good

Halloween is a huge holiday in the US. A few years ago it became popular in the Nordic countries as well. Maybe not so surprising, considering the heart of the tradition.

Pumpkins – Spooky and Good

In the US, Halloween has been celebrated for many years. According to tradition people dress up and decorate their homes with cobwebs, ghosts, and not least: Scary pumpkin heads with candles inside. In Norway the tradition was adopted around the year 2000, and the celebration is getting bigger and more popular every year.

Pumpkins have become one of many characteristics of the day, and many people use it in cooking. It is a perfect ingredient in autumn soups, and a favourite is pumpkin soup with scallops. You can also use pumpkin flesh to pickle pumpkin. Pickled pumpkin fits well with fried cod, pollock or halibut.

For pickled pumpkin you will need:

  • 1 kg pumpkin, rinsed

  • 4 dl 7% vinegar

  • 750 g sugar

  • 12 g whole dried ginger


Rinse the pumpkin and cut the pulp into cubes of approximately 1.5 cm. Mix vinegar, sugar and pieces of dried ginger. Boil until the sugar dissolves. Boil the pumpkin in portions in the syrup until barely tender. Put the boiled pumpkin in clean jars. When all the pumpkin is boiled and in jars, distribute the syrup in the jars. Put on tight lids and store them in a cool place. Pickled pumpkin lasts until next autumn.

Let your children participate

If the children want to take part in the pumpkin preparations, there are several possibilities. They can be responsible for removing the pulp. Give them a spoon and let them try. If older children want to help with the cutting, it might be smart to have made small incisions in the rind beforehand. This way, it becomes easier for them to cut their way into the flesh. Remember to always cut away from the body, in case the knife slips. Take your time – Put out snacks, and don’t be afraid of a little mess.

Link: Click here for instructions on how to make spooky pumpkin lanterns

Rules for Halloween

There are many excited monsters, scary animals and nasty witches who are looking forward to go trick or treating. To make it a fun, exciting, and enjoyable experience for both callers and those called upon, follow these rules:

1. Only go trick or treating on October 31st!

You can only go trick or treating on the actual evening of Halloween.

2. Do not go trick or treating after 21:00

Most people don’t want visitors late in the evening.

3. Outdoor lights off means ‘Not welcome’

If the outdoor lights are turned off and no lights are lit outside the front door, the people who live there doesn’t want visitors. Remember that not everybody celebrates Halloween or wish to be visited by monsters.

4. Show respect

Think about whom you call on. If you know that older people or small children live there, don’t be scary or scream when they open the door. It might also be an idea to knock lightly on the door if you know that small children are sleeping.

5. Tricks ruin the fun

Not everybody celebrates Halloween or knows what day Halloween is celebrated. Therefore, they might not have any candy to give away. Show respect and be polite – just go to the next house. Vandalising, like throwing eggs, is not allowed.

6. Monsters or princesses?

Let the children dress up as whatever they want, even if it might not be scary. Not all children want to be creepy.