“The Orange and the Black”

Pumpkin200"Being a little squeamish, I take another route — the all orange-and-black
dinner. Explanations for the traditional Halloween colors vary. Black is
certainly the symbol of death while orange is probably a reflection of the fall
harvest.

Setting the table for this holiday dinner is easy. Halloween paraphernalia
starts showing up in stores toward the end of summer, and the choice is vast:
spider web cocktail napkins, foam tabletop tombstones, pumpkin candleholders,
wire trees with faces, black plastic spiders. You don’t have to go any further
than the corner drugstore.
 
For my table, I use an orange tablecloth, black napkins and black plates,
all of which I got at yard sales. I have a $1.29 black plastic cauldron from the
drugstore that I fill with an orange mum. I use orange tapers in glass
candlesticks and votive candles shaped like candy corn and then, of course,
sprinkle the table with real candy corn. At each guests place is a little orange
and black plastic jack-o’-lantern full of black licorice sticks.
 
Appetizers can be baby carrots and orange pepper slices with a black olive
tapenade; red fish roe or smoked salmon on squares of black bread; orange
cheddar cheese encased in black rind with dark rye crackers or pumpernickel
bread; black olives; blue corn tortilla chips (they look black) and red pepper
hummus. If you want to go downscale: Cheetos…."

"The Orange and the Black"
Bonny Wolf
NPR

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