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Oct 20 2014

Mayim Bialik: Let’s Talk About Pumpkins & “The Big Bang Theory” (Spoiler-Free!)

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Chag Sameach to all of you who have celebrated the fall harvest festival of Sukkot and Simchat Torah—now we are all done with holidays for the fall!

I wanted to give you my “Top 3 Things Happening Now” regarding Sukkot, autumn, and what’s new in “The Big Bang Theory” world I live in.

DISCLAIMER: I WILL NOT SPOIL ANYTHING ABOUT “THE BIG BANG THEORY” HERE. DON’T START POSTING ALL OVER THE WEB THAT MAYIM IS A SPOILER. BECAUSE I’M NOT. Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 31 2013

Mayim Bialik: Not a Fan of Halloween but Definitely a Fan of Crocheted Beards

By at 9:55 am

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I’m not super into Halloween in general. I guess I was as a kid, but my healthy mom wouldn’t let me eat unhealthy candy much. I have some nice memories of trick-or-treating with friends with our parents supervising, but it’s just not my thing at all. And I hate being scared. Like really hate it. Like it makes me cry.

My dislike of Halloween isn’t just because I’m traditionally inclined in the religiously Jewish way, although that may have become part of it in the past 15 years. We have so many interesting and fun and meaningful and spiritually uplifting holidays in Judaism, and we also have the outrageously cool dress-up festival of Purim in the spring, and my boys have always been so gentle and shy and scared of scary things that Halloween has never been a huge thing for any of us. Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 19 2012

Halloween Post-Mortem: I Bought My Son’s Candy

By at 11:35 am

We don’t do trick-or-treating in our house. Never have, hopefully never will. As a scroogey vegan with easily-scared-of-anything-dark-spooky-or-creepy children who don’t even like candy that much, we’ve avoided it very nicely by doing other things on October 31 like roast pumpkin seeds, eat fun food, and listen to “Monster Mash” on repeat.

Well, leave it to homeschoolers to be creative… Our homeschool community seems to feature “trick-or-treating” at Halloween at the park we go to each week for classes and hanging out with other homeschoolers. This year, my older son came home from Halloween park day with a bag full of candy that was handed out at the park. I appreciate the parents who only gave him vegan candy, but hmmm… what to do, what to do?
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Oct 30 2012

Putting the Scrooge in Halloween

By at 3:35 pm

As we all know, I’m a big old scrooge who shudders at anything fun like Halloween, cow’s milk products, and red carpet events. I’ve written here about our family’s modest “observance” of Halloween before, and I know that for many portions of the Orthodox world, discussing Halloween is really not kosher.

That being said, we live in a secular community where there is a Halloween costume carnival in our homeschool community and besides the fact anything remotely scary scares my kids until they’re about 6 years old, I allow my older son to dress up and run around the park with friends in costume while my little guy and I will cower in the corner of the park and go home early.

What is it about Halloween that makes me grumpy lately? Trick-or-treating. Why? It makes no sense to me, none of the candy is going to be vegan, I don’t have kids who like candy that much anyway, it scares my younger son to even be outside when it’s dark not to mention outside when it’s dark and kids are running around in psycho werewolf and zombie masks trying to scare everyone. Also, if you let your vegan older not-as-scared child trick-or-treat, then you have to make up some Halloween fairy tradition to take their candy from them as they sleep and buy them a toy in exchange (or so I’m told some vegans and sugary-candy haters do). It’s too much work. I can’t handle it. Sorry, I’m a scrooge. Trick-or-treating has not yet happened and I’m going to hold out until my therapist tells me to give it up and let that child trick-or-treat.

What we do in our family, however, is throw a Halloween party for ourselves every year. That means it’s us, my parents, and maybe 2 friends who have no Halloween party to go to and enjoy my kids enough to hang out with them on Halloween. We live in the hills so there are no trick-or-treaters, but here’s what our Halloween looks like:

1. Carve pumpkins. My kids don’t really like getting messy but they like everything else about the process: the fancy pumpkin carving knives, the newspaper we tape to our table to protect it, the colander that sifts pulp from seed, and drawing shapes onto a pumpkin that we then cut out. (My husband started this notion that it doesn’t have to be a face for the kids; they scribble what they want and he delicately cuts out the scribbles. It looks really pretty and is very special for them!) I won’t be carving this year because of my injured hand, but that’s okay, because I’ll just keep rereading my post I wrote about the one-handed party I threw for my 7 year old and I’ll feel better about it.

2. Fun food. I roast pumpkin seeds in vegan margarine, salt and pepper. I make vegan Halloween bars; think chocolate with vegan kosher peanut candies, honey roasted peanuts, and crumbled up Nutty Chews (best kosher vegan candy bar ever). I make frozen foods like veggie nuggets and other such crazy processed goodness we don’t typically partake in except for special events. Fun food, fun night. Weeee!

3. Ambience.Monster Mash” basically plays on repeat. Sometimes there are other Halloween-y songs like “Thriller” and such that my husband throws in the mix. Good times. Good music.

4. A game. Sometimes we bob for apples. It makes kids laugh a lot. It’s fun, I promise.

5. Mama in jeans. I don’t wear pants outside of the house unless there’s a skirt over them, since I keep to certain rules of tznius (modesty). On Halloween I wear jeans as my at-home “costume.” Look out now: Mayim’s going bonkers.

Are we having fun yet? You betcha. And the best part of our Halloween? Everyone’s in bed by 8.

About Mayim

Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

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