Posted on 04 February 2013 by

Halloween and the Tomato

Photo Credit: Tomat’O’Lantern by Andrew Huff used under CC BY-NC 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I would like to start a new tradition with tomatoes.

Culturally, tomatoes have spanned the human belief system.

Some cultures build festivals around tomatoes while others view tomatoes as a “poisonous fruit.”

But, for myself, the tomato represents summertime, and health. This year, though, the tomato has changed its image due to the unusual weather we have been having. I cannot remember picking tomatoes in October but this year it is the norm not the exception.

In doing so, since my tomato crop is still growing and producing, I would like to introduce the tomato into my Halloween celebration. Below are the top six ways I plan to use the ‘love apple” come October 31.

1. Bloody punch will be part of the menu for my Halloween party. I plan to take and make my own tomato juice, which I plan to cool with a frozen hand made from a latex glove. Since my party will be multigenerational, I am choosing to keep it alcohol-free.

2. Stuffed tomatoes will be served with an assortment of stuffing, such as tuna or chicken salad. A piece of pastry will be shaped like a hand and placed on top. This will give the illusion of a hand coming out of a sleeve.

3. Jars of pickled tomatoes will be placed along the buffet line to represent edible specimens.

4. Bobbing for tomatoes will be a game that will be set up in place of the traditional apple bobbing.

5. Glow in the dark tomatoes will be used to decorate my Halloween scene. This is simply done by injecting the tomato with a phosphorus based laundry detergent.

6. Tomato candy will be given out as favors. The just of how to make this candy is simple. Wash and dry the tomatoes and cut them into thin slices. Once that is done, make a thick syrup with sugar and water. After the syrup has been made, dip the tomato slices into the syrup, allow the excess liquid to drip off and place on a drying rack. Once the slices are dry, package up and decorate.

While these ideas are unique and I believe they will be memorable, I feel it is a good use of my excess tomatoes. Who knows these ideas may take off and become tradition verses a conversation piece.

Until we blog again, may the spirits of your Halloween party be friendly and enjoy the fruits of your season’s labor.

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