By Emily Grenfell
Halloween traditions can be more enjoyable and better for you than just eating sweets
Halloween was the Celtic New Years Eve and the time of year when the worlds of the living and the worlds of the dead were at their closest. Spooky stuff, but what scares you the most?
For a healthier Halloween
Pumpkin is rich in vitamins B1, B3, and B6, which help to fight infections and lift your mood. Save the insides when carving your pumpkin and use it to make pumpkin soup. This soup is perfect for a wholesome lunch, or to bring out hot, sprinkled with all-spice, as a starter or appetiser at a winter party.
All you need is one pumpkin, two onions, vegetable stock, and salt and pepper. You can add cream for a thicker consistency, and it will be good eat immediately or freeze. Heat all of the ingredients until soft and blend to make it smooth.
When the Romans colonised the UK they adapted the celebrations to honour Pamona, the goddess of fruit and trees. Ever since, apples have featured in Halloween celebrations. This is good news as they’re high in flavonoids, which are anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.
To make traditional baked apples, peal and core your apples. Mix sultanas, sugar, and cinnamon together and push this mixture into the core of the apples. Put a knob of butter on the top of each, and lightly sprinkle with sugar. Place in the oven for 20 minutes at 180-200 degrees.
Studies have shown that the area of the brain activated by being chased by a serial killer, is also activated when you're watching someone being chased by a serial killer. Your fear response triggers your adrenal glands into pumping adrenaline, raising your heart rate, sharpening your senses, and providing energy that will allow you to escape from danger. If you're not in danger, you'll feel a pleasurable buzz of energy.
A scream during a movie, is caused by a reaction that goes from your ears to your amygdala, the brain's emergency centre. Screams are an instinctive reaction used to alert others to danger. So if you scare easily during a film, it's probably because your reactions are better able to keep you alive.
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