[part 1 - the turnip] [part 2 - the potato]
[part 3 - the beet] [part 4 - the gourd]
Apparently, one of the
traditional forms of the Samhain / Halloween lantern was the beet.
Today, the beet is the ghetto child of the root vegetable kingdom.
Nobody really eats them anymore, except maybe the English and old
people, and after the pumpkins cornered the lantern market, it
became clear that the beet craze was nothing but a fleeting fad.
Will this change today? Let's carve and see.
No wonder you don't
see beet lanterns anymore, they leave an ungodly mess. It's a good
thing I planned this days in advance and wore black, or my clothes
would have been completely ruined. Or hip to the max. I don't keep
up with trends anymore, for all I know they're pushing
vegetable-stained clothes on Queer Eye these days.
The beet flesh was so
creepy-looking that I decided to Halloween-prank my flatmates. At
this point, the beet lantern idea was really growing on me. I mean,
are your precious pumpkins able to both give you a lantern and a
tasteless joke? Probably, but let me have this one.
Better not blink now,
here they come!
OH MY GAAAAAAAAAAAWWD!
Haha, it was beets and
water and half a leftover turnip from last week all along! Hahahaha!
I desperately tried to
come up with some motive appropriate for a beet lantern, but had to
give up. I could always just carve a generic face into it and claim
it was Paul or Ringo of 'The Beetles', but that just lacked a bit of
oomph. In the end, I decided to make a witch. It turned out bit more
anime-like than I had planned, but I give myself an extra point for
making a nose from the bit I cut off from the bottom. It's stuff
like that that separates the major players from the hacks, you know.
When the birthday
candle was in place and lit, my beet witch was a sight to behold.
The light was redder than that of an Amsterdam backstreet, rendering
my back yard so scary it completely took care of our ant problem.
Forget the pumpkins this Halloween; Beet Street is where it's at.
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