Nothing says Halloween like a spooky teatime, and nothing makes teatime spooky like “spooky” teawares. Of course, creepy decorations and eerie music help out a bit, too.
The imagination of various pottery artists out there never ceases to amaze. Give them a holiday or other event to focus their creative energies on, and you never know what will come up. Halloween is always such a time. The standard icons and symbols of the day get applied to just about every object imaginable in just about every configuration imaginable. Teapots and other teawares are not immune from such embellishment. Quite the contrary.
Some of these icons and symbols are: black cats, jack-o-lantern pumpkins, ghosts, witches in pointy hats, skeletons, spiders, bats, and skulls. They appear as teapots, tea cozies, tea cups, cream and sugar sets, and more. Standard Halloween colors of black, orange, and yellow are used, but so are pukey green, vibrant purple, and some color that defies description. Shudder!
It only seems natural, with such “spooky” teawares, that a “spooky” tea should be served from and in them. “A ‘spooky’ tea?” you ask. Yes, a tea that is a bit mysterious (maybe even downright inscrutable), a bit out-of-the-ordinary, or just a blend gone over to the “dark side.” Pu-erh certainly fits that mysterious category; big cakes of tea that are often stored for years and can even be passed on as an inheritance are certainly not usual or even understood by the average tea drinker. Silver Needle and White Peony teas are white teas picked when there is still a bit of fine “fuzz” on the leaves, putting these into the out-of-the-ordinary category. One of the “darker” (metaphorically speaking) tea blends would be, at least for me, anything with the plant “red bush” (“rooibos”) added in; despite claims of health benefits, it always adds the appearance and taste of pencil shavings to the blend.
Pick a “spooky” tea and then a “spooky” teaware. You don’t have a “spooky” teaware? Never fear. Even everyday teawares can be “spooky.” You can get a good “scare” at teatime by catching sight of yourself in scary Halloween makeup in the side of a stainless steel or silver teapot. Yikes!
But the scariest teapot of all is… THE EMPTY TEAPOT! That’s my signal to start another kettle of water boiling. Enjoy!
Make sure to stop by A.C.’s blog, Tea Time with A.C. Cargill!