How to turn a humble pineapple into a Halloween centrepiece...
How do you celebrate Halloween in the tropics? Sure, there are some great Halloween events and parties for kids (so you’ll need to know where to buy a Halloween costume), and some neighbourhoods really get into the spooky spirit with trick-or-treating. And, here at HoneyKids, we’re all for celebrating Halloween with the kids Singapore-style, by throwing a relaxed party (complete with fun spooky snacks) with a tropical twist. Cue the perfect, edible table decoration: we give you the pineapple jack 0’lantern!
Pineapple jack o’lantern
Pineapples are easy to get hold of at any supermarket in Singapore – and definitely more cost-effective and available than a pumpkin! Use a pineapple that’s very ripe – the flesh will be far easier to remove. And watch those fingers: you don’t want any horror-worthy moments and scary trips to A&E!
1. Cut off the top and bottom from your pineapple, setting to one side. Using a small paring knife, cut the pineapple flesh in a circular motion. Pull out the flesh with your hands. Repeat this process until you are left with approximately 2cm thickness of pineapple flesh inside the pineapple.
2. On paper, draw shapes for your jack o’lantern’s eyes and mouth – let your imagination guide you! Cut the shapes out, then secure them to the outside of the pineapple with toothpicks. Use a small knife to carefully cut around the shapes and remove the skin and flesh. Discard.
3. Place a tealight inside the pineapple and enjoy the fruits (groan) of your labour! Just one word of advice: if you’re going to leave the pineapple outside, sit the pineapple on a plate and add a small amount of water to it so that ants don’t attack your tropical jack o’lantern!
As for the flesh, why not use it as a pizza topping if you’re throwing a Halloween bash or making a delicious smoothie with it?
Happy Halloween, everyone!
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