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thought I was the only one who took a SWEDE trick or treating!

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alwayshappy101 Thu 27-Oct-16 12:29:31

When I was younger,my mum used to dress me in a bin bag for halloween.she couldn't afford a pumpkin either,so she used to painstakingly carve out the middle of a SWEDE and put a tea light in and a bit of string through to take with me.
one year she forked out for fake scars which she stuck to my face using lemon curd!

I thought I was the only one-until today.I was talking to a sales assistant in a shoe shop who's mum dressed her in a bin bag and carved a swede for her too!

Are there any other bin bag wearing swede takers out there too?thlgrin

Tarttlet Thu 27-Oct-16 12:32:19

I think you've posted in the wrong section...

Was you in a relationship with the suede?

itlypocerka Thu 27-Oct-16 12:34:57

We had swedes, but no bin bag - never allowed to actually go out trick or treating but we had our carved swedes alright.

moglovespumpkins Thu 27-Oct-16 12:36:19

swede here too

Haggisfish Thu 27-Oct-16 12:36:36

Carved swedes, yes. With a teaspoon! All bloody day it took us!

alwayshappy101 Thu 27-Oct-16 12:36:44

Oh dear.
not in a relationship with the Swede.
didn't like the Swede much grin

daisytalks Thu 27-Oct-16 12:37:51

Count me in! I also remember my mother carving a Halloween swede! (Her hands must have ached aftergrin) & black bin bag costumes for that witchy lookthlsmile

GourmetChild Thu 27-Oct-16 12:39:46

Always a swede and bin bag witch, but we all called swedes turnips! Didn't know they were called swedes till I was nearly 30!

ferneytorro Thu 27-Oct-16 12:40:31

Yes always a swede - don't think I knew what a pumpkin was to be honest. Yes to bin bags as well - have a photo of me and some friends when the new McDonalds opened in our town having chips on Halloween dressed in bin bags witch costumes. Also used to use bin bags to make dresses which we would then wear whilst making up dance routines with a Minipops cassette in the garage (off to watch the Mini pops on YouTube).

alwayshappy101 Thu 27-Oct-16 12:40:42

So glad there are so many swede carvers out there.
I have trouble just dicing a swede for Sunday lunch.grin

liquidrevolution Thu 27-Oct-16 12:46:23

yep. Bin bag and swede here. Although one year I wore a face full of cold cream too.

The 70s were ace.

OrianaBanana Thu 27-Oct-16 12:51:41

Yep it took bloody ages. And it stank!!

I think we only managed a tiny one, it looked rather sad. thlsad

LuckySantangelo1 Thu 27-Oct-16 12:58:26

How on earth do you carve a swede with a teaspoon?! I have a hard enough time chopping one up with a massive knife!

RosettaPebble Thu 27-Oct-16 13:06:54

I once left it too late to buy a pumpkin for ds. They were all sold out and poor ds was sad

We have a cooking apple tree in the garden so I found the largest Apple I could amongst the windfalls and carved it like a little pumpkin for him. I put a birthday cake candle inside and gave it a string handle.

He loved it grin

It has become a yearly tradition now. All the scary apples lined up on the window sill. It's great, they are free, easy to carve, no waste and they smell good when lit!

But yes I had a swede or a turnip as a child too. Not very cost effective with the amount of broken knives confused

RickJames Thu 27-Oct-16 13:11:47

Yes - swede here except we called them Turnip Lanterns. Definitely a thing!

iklboo Thu 27-Oct-16 13:13:15

Definitely a swede and dressed in a bin bag. With flour and my mum's block mascara as make up.

iklboo Thu 27-Oct-16 13:16:47

Although the other year we left it too late to get DS a pumpkin so he got a butternut squash instead. Frankensquash.

Summerisdone Thu 27-Oct-16 13:17:11

I never did the swede, but I always wore a bin bag and my uncle would paint my cousins' and my faces with my mum and aunt's makeup.

weegiemum Thu 27-Oct-16 13:19:39

We still have a turnip on halloween. The smell of burning turnip is halloween in this house!

wornoutboots Thu 27-Oct-16 16:35:20

always a swede.
no trick or treating
we toasted peanuts in their shells over the candles in our swedes.
70's halloween

Onedaftmonkey Thu 27-Oct-16 16:39:14

Bin bag witch and swede hear too. glad i wasnt the only one.

legotits Thu 27-Oct-16 16:46:02


Not swede.


My DF used to do it with 'the big knife' and insist on mashing the waste with potatoes so it wasn't wasted.

When I were a nipper I thought pumpkins were the American version of Turnip.

Shouldn't this be in stately homes?

UptheAnty Thu 27-Oct-16 16:47:32

Turnip here poshthlgrin

MissMillament Thu 27-Oct-16 16:53:04

Swedes (or turnips as we called them in Ireland) were the traditional Halloween Jack o Lantern. It was only when the Scots and Irish brought their Halloween customs to North America in the 19th century that they discovered the pumpkin and realised that carving swedes was a mug's game. Hence the reimportation of the tradition to the UK. But your mum was right.
Although in Ireland we were dressed in sheets rather than bin bags.

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