We don't go out trick or treating because it's normally too cold or raining anyway, plus wandering around outside in the evening is just not something I relish the thought of. We love to have ToT-ers visit though, and always have a bowl of sweeties ready to hand out to any who might call. Truthfully, this is not usually very many, but we have sweets out nonetheless. We have our own Halloween celebrations at home, so we get to enjoy all of the fun with none of the cold!
Dressing up has to be the best bit... What's more fun than being a skeleton or a mummy for the day? We also had a little witch, and little dead riding hood! My top tip for costumes is to buy them for the following year just after Halloween, when they're all reduced to half price or less!
Pumpkin carving is a fun activity that everyone can get involved in. I am in charge of drawing the template on to the pumpkin, the kids get the gross job of hollowing out the pumpkins, the Mister then cuts out the image using the template, and voila! Spooky Halloween pumpkins and a fun family activity. Our pumpkins last year were an owl (of course!), a skeleton face, King Boo from Mario Kart and a ghost. After we're done with all of that, I then use the pumpkin to create something yummy so that nothing goes to waste, last year we had pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting.
After you've made your Halloween decorations, it's time to think about your fare! We made some Gingerbread skeletons and meringue ghosts & skeleton faces to enjoy after our dinner (which was a party style buffet of various pizzas, potato wedges and chicken goujons). I also baked some plain cupcakes, coloured orange, and set them out ready to be decorated with lots of spooky sprinkles and black icing! You can find my trusty Gingerbread recipe here to make your own skeletons (or perhaps a haunted Gingerbread house?!).
I bought some skeleton straws, as well as some Halloween themed plates and napkins for the kids to use for dinner time to add to the feel of the evening (er, and to save on the dishes...) for only a couple of pounds. This year I've also picked up a sweetie bowl and a tablecloth for only 89p each.
As well as baking and decorating cupcakes and biscuits, you can try making your own toffee apples! Once you've used them for the obligatory Halloween apple bobbing, you can then use your apples for this easy peasy toffee apple recipe that anyone can do, and takes only minutes.
- lolly sticks (or forks will do)
- six apples
- a shop-bought 400g pack of original toffee sweets
- two tablespoons of water
- half a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Combine the toffee, water and vanilla in a saucepan and heat gently while stirring, until it has melted and is smooth. You could also possibly melt it in the microwave in a deep dish (such as a pudding bowl), stopping and stirring often until the consistency is right for dipping.
When your toffee is ready, dip the apples in one by one, coating them thoroughly before placing them back on the tray and chilling until ready to serve. You might also want to try sprinkling them with something before the toffee sets! These are also a lovely treat for Bonfire night.
At the end of a busy day of Halloween activities, it's time to snuggle on the sofa and watch some scary movies! By scary, I mean ghosty/witchy/monstery themed, not ACTUAL horror movies, I would discourage you from scaring the life out of your kids..!
Our personal favourites are Disney's The Haunted Mansion, Disney's Hocus Pocus, Monster House, and Casper. This year we will also be adding Shrek's Thrilling Tales to our Halloween collection. Spooky themed without being scary for kids, and are suitable for the whole family to enjoy together. Get comfy on the sofa with your popcorn (use your sweetie bowl which is probably empty by now!) and have a lovely evening in, by the light of your pumpkin lanterns.
Have a very safe, spooky and fun family Halloween!
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