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Scottish Halloween Traditions

VisitScotlandAngelaVisitScotlandAngela Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
edited November 2016 in Understanding Scotland
When I was wee I never had a pumpkin to carve at Halloween.  I did however have a rock hard neep - or turnip - that I spent many hours trying to scoop away at the solid interior for my mum to put in her broth.  Many spoons were bent in the process but I always had so much fun making my lantern.   :D

I like to keep the tradition alive and every year carve out a neep....




What are your Halloween Traditions?  Do you light a bonfire to ward off evil spirits, or do you dook for apples each year?

I would also love to see your lanterns!!!  :)


Comments

  • VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    That familiar smell at neep carving time takes me back to my childhood and especially the smell of the candle inside a roughly carved neep.
  • FofomaFofoma Member ✭✭✭
    Oh yes...the smell! There is nothing quite like it! I used to love Dookin' for Apples...did anyone else do the version that you had to drop a fork from your mouth and try to spear the apple?
  • mustseescotlandmustseescotland VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭✭
    Pumpkins do seem to be taking over! But we also prefer neeps! Here is how we explian what neeps are! http://must-see-scotland.com/what-are-neeps/
     
    The independent online guide to Scotland, written by Gilbert and Johanna Summers - lifetime Scottish tourism experts, so you get the best vacation. must-see-scotland.com



  • VisitScotlandMarinaVisitScotlandMarina Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Fofoma said:
    Oh yes...the smell! There is nothing quite like it! I used to love Dookin' for Apples...did anyone else do the version that you had to drop a fork from your mouth and try to spear the apple?
    I remember doing this @Fofoma!! Now, you're taking me back......
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