Last year we took it upon ourselves to invent our own version of Halloween, called Halal-ween. Why? Because now that the pagan ritual has essentially morphed into a cultural candy-binge, we figured we were allowed to take a few liberties of our own.
Much like Halloween, Halal-ween is a chance to watch spooky films and eat your body weight in sugar, while avoiding the more questionable occult aspects of the day (which, let’s face it, pretty much everyone else does, too).
Now, in the grand tradition of every scary film ever made, we’ve decided to run a sequel. Welcome to the Happy Halal-ween blog Part 2 / The Sequel / The Redux / Pt. II – we couldn’t decide on the best sequel suffix – where we’ll giving you spooky inpso for organising a scare/sugar fest that will freak out your mates (in a fun way, obvs) without compromising your values.
The spirit of Halal-ween compels you to invite friends round to watch a string of cheesy horror films or, if scares aren’t really your thing, a string of not-horror films that are so scarily awful they’re actually good.
Netflix will obviously provide you with the right suggestions for horror and slasher type stuff. For so-bad-it’s-good visual excellence, we recommend watching anything with Danny Dyer in it. Or maybe Nicolas Cage.
The enduring symbol of Halloween is the jack o’lantern. Come 31 October, carved pumpkins glow up and down streets and dominate social media. If you want to get involved with the pumpkin action but don’t want to scoop out all the gross gloop before shoddily carving a face into the flesh, then why not use it the way nature intended?
Pumpkin is in season and can serve as the main ingredient in a whole host of dishes, including pumpkin curry, pumpkin soup, and pumpkin pie. Along with being very good for you, several hadiths mention how pumpkins (or gourds) were one of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) preferred foods. Pumpkin, if you ask us, is the food of Halal-ween.
Do you really need an excuse to shovel an unreasonable amount of sweet treats into your mouth? If the answer is ‘yes’, then surely Halal-ween is the justification you’ve been looking for?
If you’re after something a little more creative than ‘eat chocolate until vision blurs’ then we reckon you should try your hand at making your own version of the Triple Oreo Cheesecake Freakshake from Black Milk, first recommended to us by Halal Girl About Town.
Lastly, Have Fun
Halloween events are taking place all over Britain on 31 October. We’re talking everything from fright nights at theme parks or pumpkin carvings for kids. In the true spirit of Halal-ween, we recommend taking part in as much, or as little, as you want.
But remember, eating a homemade freakshake and watching a terrible movie is always advisable during Halal-ween.