In theory, Halloween should be absolutely terrifying. Any day of the year which is based around evil spirits, ghosts and mysterious happenings ought to be guaranteed to send a shiver down the spine of every single one of us, no matter how tough we like to think we are.
As it is, society has successfully managed to turn the potentially terrifying day into one of fun and light-heartedness, and just about everyone enjoys the occasion to some degree. Unless of course you live in a neighbourhood where teenage kids have decided that the real meaning of Halloween is to damage your car, in which case you are probably standing in a darkened living room, peeping through a crack in the curtains with a phone in your hand, ready to call the police should the need arise.
At Original Crêpes HQ, we have seen plenty of youngsters nearby preparing for Halloween all afternoon, popping into friends houses wearing their horror make-up and putting plastic witches and skeletons in the windows. A couple of homes have even erected mini marquees in the garden and decorated them appropriately. Maybe they are intending to hold some kind of Halloween garden party this evening, or maybe it’s just a makeshift depot for kids to collect fresh supplies of eggs, flour, fireworks and other instruments of vandalism.
Setting up mini marquees in gardens is not at all unfamiliar to us – we regularly do this at weddings and parties where our mobile crepe stand has been hired. We are yet to wear full horror make-up whilst doing this (we don’t need anything to make us look even more horrific, thank you) but the process is much the same. We also distribute eggs and flour, though these are in the form of pancakes for guests – who are welcome to return as often as they like to restock.
As for the concept of Trick or Treat, we are only able to provide treats. It would be most unprofessional of us to provide “tricks” to wedding guests as we are present solely to enhance the experience for all concerned. The extensive menu (with over 20 crepe flavours) offers a selection of treats for guests but no tricks – although Grand Marnier can be something of an acquired taste.