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Halloween in Frankfurt

Tips for an exciting and tasty spooky festival

Until just a few years ago, the celebration of Halloween was only known in this country from American TV series and movies. Children in crazy disguises on the hunt for candy from door to door, was always an image that one associated in Germany rather with Fasnacht. But that has changed significantly in recent years. There is a growing trend to celebrate Halloween here as well, a fact that particularly pleases the confectionery industry. Goods produced especially for this occasion have long been offered to consumers: Chocolate ghosts, gummy pumpkins and similar Halloween-specific delicacies fill supermarket shelves from the beginning of October.

Also various TV stations put their program in the last week of October completely in the sign of Halloween. There, for example, "The Simpsons" experience very special spooky adventures and of course the annual reunion with the most famous "Halloween" killer Michael Meyers from the famous cult horror series, which bears the name of this day, may not be missing. In 2018, the even made an extremely successful comeback in theaters to coincide with Halloween!

Halloween parties 2019 in Frankfurt and surroundings

Also in this country there are Halloween parties and other events for young and old everywhere, which are dedicated to this celebration. At great expense in some cases, spooky fun is staged to terrify its audience - always in an extremely entertaining way, of course, so that screams of terror are always followed by relieved laughter. Here are a few selected Halloween tips for 2019 from Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region:

HALLOWEEN IM TAUNUS WUNDERLAND, from 01. - 13. + 19. - 20. + 27.10.2019, big Halloween Night on 27.10.2019

BATSCHKAPP HALLOWEEN on 26.10.2019 from 10 pm, more info can be found HERE

Halloween Impro Show at the Pony Yard on 31.10.2019 from 8pm, more info can be found HERE

BIG CHEFS Halloween Party on 31.10.2019 starting at 7:30pm, find more info HERE

The Gigantic Velvet Halloween Party on 10/31.2019 from 22 clock, more info can be found HERE

Halloween at La Louve Frankfurt on 31.10.2019 from 22 clock, more info can be found HERE

Changó Halloween Special Edition DIA DE LOS MUERTOS on 01.11.2019 from 8pm, more info can be found HERE

80s Till I Die - Halloween Special at the Ponyhof Club on 01.11.2019 from 23 clock, more info can be found HERE

GIBSON Loves Halloween on 02.11.2019 from 11pm, more info can be found HERE

Halloween Latino at ORANGE PEEL on 02.11.2019 from 23 clock, more info can be found HERE

Highlight in the Rhine-Main region is also this year clearly the great Halloween festival at the castle Frankenstein. Every year, more than 15,000 people flock to the Frankenstein Castle to be properly spooked and frightened once. And there is plenty of opportunity for this in the atmospheric setting, after all, around 100 vampires, witches, monsters, werewolves and other creepy creatures on 3,000 square meters for a scary-beautiful goosebumps!

HALLOWEEN AUF BURG FRANKENSTEIN on 25. to 27 October, 31 October to 03 November, and 08 to 10 November2019, more info can be found HERE

Halloween - The Origins

For several years now, it can be observed that especially the wholesale and retail trade has recognized the trend "Halloween", and of course uses this to encourage customers to shop extensively even before the big Christmas rush: Shop window and store decorations make it clear that Halloween has also conquered Germany - even though few people actually know where this festival originally comes from. From "All Hallows Eve", the eve of "All Hallows Day" (All Saints' Day), the abbreviation Halloween developed over time. Presumably, the roots of Halloween lie in the Celtic festival of Samhain. On the night of October 31, the Celtic New Year was celebrated at the time, paying homage to the deity of the dead.

This, according to legend, allowed the souls of the deceased to return to the world for one day on that very day. To appease the evil spirits, people made sacrifices, but often magic and sorcery were consulted to appease the spirits or, if possible, even keep them away altogether. The tradition of dressing up on Halloween also dates back to this time. By doing so, people wanted to make themselves unrecognizable so as not to be recognized by the spirits roaming that night and to enter the New Year, which began on November 1 according to the Celtic calendar, unscathed.

After the festival was first Christianized, the custom came to the United States from Ireland in the 19th century. Here, Halloween moved more and more away from its origins over time and became increasingly commercialized, especially in the 20th century. Today it is one of the most important celebrations in America, along with Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The pumpkin - symbol and delicious ingredient

As the most important and well-known symbol of Halloween, the pumpkin has always been established, especially in the United States. As a symbol of fertility, the pumpkin represents on the one hand the return of the dead, on the other hand, the carved grimaces serve to drive them away. These will-o'-the-wisps, which can be seen more and more often in German shop windows and living rooms, are called "Jack O`Lantern", or Jack for short. With special tools, which can be bought in every supermarket in Germany, the pumpkin is hollowed out. Then a grimace is carved into the hollow pumpkin with special pumpkin knives. This can be, depending on your preference, friendly, but also very dark and scary.

A small candle or tea light is then placed inside the pumpkin, and it is best to place the candle in an old canning jar. This will keep some of the heat from the candle flame out and keep the inside wall of the pumpkin from drying out too quickly. Jack-o-lanterns that have already dried out a bit before October 31 can be refreshed by a longer water bath, by the way.

Because the pumpkin is the central symbol of Halloween, especially in the U.S. on October 31, pumpkin foods are of course also traditionally on every menu. No Halloween feast is complete without pumpkin pie, cream of pumpkin soup, or some other delicious pumpkin dish. If you're looking to sweeten up Halloween with delicious pumpkin dishes this year, here are two suggestions:

1.Cream of pumpkin soup

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 small pumpkin, preferably a Hokkaido pumpkin. But since there are an incredible number of pumpkin varieties, the range of variation here is of course very large.

3 carrots
4 tomatoes
1 onion.BR butter
1 tbsp clear vegetable stock
herb salt
curry
200 ml cream
ginger (about ampersandfrac12; tsp)
ampersandfrac12; bunch parsley

Preparation

First, the most thankless task: you need to peel and seed the squash, then cut it into small, bite-sized cubes. Skin the tomatoes (best to put them in boiling water for a very short time for this) and cut these into small cubes, or slices, too, just like the carrots. Now also cut the onion into fine cubes and sauté them in the butter. Now add the diced tomatoes and let the whole thing boil down a bit. Now add the carrots, the pumpkin cubes and the vegetable stock, season the whole thing with herb salt and curry (dosage according to your own taste) and pour in about 1500 ml of water. Let it all cook at medium heat for about 15 minutes until soft. The now soft vegetables must now be pureed, and the pumpkin soup is ready. Then just refine with the cream and the ginger and sprinkle with the chopped parsley. Yummy!

2. Pumpkin goulash

Ingredients

About 1kg giant pumpkin
650g pork shoulder
¼ l sour cream
1 onion
1 tbsp grated red pepper
2 tbsp vinegar
50 g lard
40 g flour
1 tomato
1 tbsp tomato paste
salt
pepper
Cumin

Preparation

First, the real horror - you'll need to vigorously shred: The squash (either grate it or slice it into fine strips), the tomato, the onion, and the meat. After you've completed this rather thankless task, lightly sauté the onion in a large pot. Add the meat, cut into small cubes, and fry until it takes on some colour. Then add half of the paprika powder and the vinegar, as well as the tomato, the tomato paste and season the whole thing with salt, pepper and - depending on your taste - also with some caraway seeds.

Pour everything now with 5 tablespoons of water. If you want to intensify the taste, you can also use some strong broth instead of the water.

The delicious mixture must now steam for about 25 minutes.

Now mix the pumpkin with the meat and then add the rest of the peppers and vinegar. Again, you will now need to add water or broth to this and let it steam up. Now mix the sour cream with the flour, add it to the pumpkin goulash and let it boil away. If necessary, you can now add a little more seasoning and then serve the finished goulash. Of course, delicious potatoes taste especially delicious - how should it be different on Halloween.

In this sense, we wish you spooky and tasty Halloween!

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