Confession time: I don’t really “do” Halloween. I mean, that was probably pretty obvious from the title, right? I’ve never been all that into Halloween, but I used to make an effort and actually go out guising or even head to a Halloween party or two. Now, though, I’d much rather avoid the bulk of the festivities altogether. I couldn’t care less about dressing up, and the thought of heading out to some dark and dingy nightclub on a rainy October night gives me the shivers. Instead, I have a few other things in mind for this Halloween, which mostly involve food…
At this time of year, I love making the most of the dark evenings and catching up on my never-ending list of films to watch. There’s been some great release in the past few years and, regrettably, I haven’t got round to watching anywhere near as many as I’d like! Halloween is the perfect excuse to spend an evening getting stuck into the latest horrors but, admittedly, I’m not much of a horror gal myself these days. I used to love a good scary movie, but not so much anymore! Instead, you’ll most likely find me watching the latest thriller or binge-watching a crime drama. The new series of Stranger Things is finally out on Friday, so it’s safe to say that’s going to occupy a fair chunk of my weekend. Last week I headed over to Glasgow Fort to watch the recently released thriller The Snowman at Vue and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s the perfect watch if you like Scandi style thrillers akin to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Fortitude and The Killing.
I’ll take any chance to grab a bite to eat, and Halloween is just as good a reason as any. When I was at the cinema with my mum last week we tried out the new Yo! Sushi at Glasgow Fort and I can honestly say we haven’t stopped thinking about it since. It’s only been open at the Fort for a few weeks now and I’ve already been twice. In the past, I’d dismissed it as only having fishy sushi, which just didn’t appeal to me, but the new menu is seriously delicious and has plenty to suit all taste buds. I highly recommend the furikake fries, chicken chahan, popcorn shrimp and beef tataki. So, so good. If anyone fancies taking me to Yo! again sometime soon I will not complain.
It’s a brilliant addition to the Fort, which is easily one of my favourite shopping centres in Glasgow. Not only is it just 15 minutes from my house, it has a great range of shops that are open until 10pm for your late night shopping fix. The TK Maxx there (which is where I picked up this lovely wooden tray and is also where my mug is from) is one of the better-stocked stores in Glasgow and there are so many great restaurants if you want to make a night of it! The best way to escape the trick or treaters is by getting out of the house, so you may as well treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy and some good food in the process. I, personally, don’t share sweets with anyone so you won’t find me handing out any of my precious treats on Halloween…
Can’t knock a girl for trying – and failing – to come up with an appropriate subheading, right? Honestly, getting an early night is quite possibly my favourite thing to do, especially when the weather is as miserable as it is in Glasgow just now! There’s nothing quite like changing into cosy pyjamas and curling up in bed with a good book – my beloved Stephen King is very appropriate for Halloween – and cosying in with a delicious candle flickering away, like this one from Shearer Candles. I’m a home bird all year round, but my love for nights in only multiplies when the clocks go back and the dark nights roll in. Seeing as Halloween is a Tuesday this year, on the day itself you’ll probably find me curled up watching the Bake Off finale (even though my beloved Liam was betrayed by the snake that is Paul Hollywood) before retreating to bed with something suitably spooky from Stephen King.