Are you ready for the spookiest holiday? It's Halloween!
Forget the Zoom costume parties! Let's embrace the opportunity to be together again
Remember the "pandemic costume parties?"
We're going to try to archive the Zoom costume parties this year, hoping we left behind at least some restrictions. People feel like getting out in the streets again, throwing costume parties, taking the little ones to trick-or-treating. The upside to celebrating Halloween during the Pandemic? Masks will double as a costume but also as a safety precaution!
Planning the perfect costume
Costumes are one of the best parts of Halloween. Why don't you surprise your friends with an Italian-themed outfit this year? If you need a little inspiration, we can help! Here are some ideas to showcase your creativity and celebrate the Italian culture! You could try to create a Roman soldier costume (yes, like Russell Crowe in the "Gladiator!"); another beloved Italian character is Pinocchio, the wooden puppet born from the pen of the Tuscan writer Carlo Collodi. If you want to impress your friends with a well-educated option, impersonate Dante Alighieri, the Supreme Poet famous for the Divine Comedy, consisting of Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. You will simply need a laurel crown and a red tunic; A more goliardic option might be to impersonate a calciatore, a player on the national soccer team called La Nazionale.
The spooky season in Italy. “Dolcetto o scherzetto?”
When an Italian person thinks of a costume or masquerade party, the first thing that comes to mind is, of course, Carnevale. In Italy, Halloween is not recognized as a national holiday. Nonetheless, Halloween is becoming very popular throughout the Penisola. The most related celebration is "All Saints' Day" (Tutti i Santi, November 1st) and “All Souls' Day” (I Morti, November 2nd). In recent years, even in Italy, we have begun to see Halloween-themed decorations, costumed kids, carved pumpkins, and Halloween parties. The celebrations organized for children at home and also at school are increasingly popular. The kids also go from door-to-door for "Dolcetto o scherzetto?" - Trick or treat? If you are an adult, a fascinating thing to do in Rome is a tour of underground "catacombs."
Halloween a tavola
Even the "Halloween all'italiana" (Italian-style Halloween) cannot but celebrate the ingredient par excellence, that is pumpkin! If you are thinking of throwing a little party with your friends, we have the perfect idea for you. Try this simple pumpkin risotto mix by Tenuta Margherita. This risotto is made exclusively with fine Carnaroli rice from the Piedmont region of Italy. It is the perfect option if you have little time to devote to cooking but do not want to give up the pleasure of a dinner for your friends: easy to make but absolutely delicious!
- Donatella Mulvoni