Halloween in the U.K is an odd time of year. It's certainly a bigger event than it was when I was a kid but it's by no means mainstream and it doesn't even start to compete with Christmas or Easter. One of the major hiccups is the whole trick or treat tradition, which doesn't go down well here. First the weather is normally freezing cold and wet and then having random strangers knocking on your door is not a very British thing to enjoy, it's really weird for us. I had the grand total of ONE trick or treater last year at my door! I remember as a kid you would normally get a disco which had a fancy dress element with a prize for the best costume. This idea still exists but now its a little bigger with multiple different prizes for things like best witch and best zombie, I have even seen adults get involved and have a prize for the best dressed adult too which I think is a great idea.
What I am yet to see or experience is a really good Halloween Party and I am looking at just creating one myself for next year? filled with great music and good family entertainment all wrapped up with halloween goodness. I don't think halloween needs to be a super scary time of year, it can have a cartoon esq. feel to it and work brilliantly. Please do get in touch if you know of a really good halloween party either by commenting below or get in touch through social media, I would love to come along.
It doesn't matter if you are going to an actual halloween party or having one at home, these simple but great halloween snacks would work great along with a halloween family film.
Banana Ghosts & Clementine Pumpkins
These make a great little snack or even a lunch box item for school. Here's what you need:-
Chocolate Chips (small & large, sometimes called chocolate drops)
This couldn't be easier, peel the clementine but don't pull apart the segments. Now pull out the centre of the clementine. Cut the celery into thin strips, just big enough to poke into the centre of the clementine and the trim off the excess so only a small amount pokes out of the top the clementine to make it look like a baby pumpkin.
For the banana's use the small chocolate chips for the eyes and a large chocolate chip for the mouth, just poke them inland you're done. Cool right?
Another super simple Halloween treat. I love the ease of this but my daughter doesn't like fizzy drinks so we haven't tried this yet. What you'll need:-
Eyeball cake toppers
Green or Red Nerds
Pour the green nerds into the cup followed by lots of ice cubes so that the nerds will float. Fill with sprite. The straw with the marshmallow is optional. In the states you can buy ghost shaped marshmallows but I don't think you'll find them here in the UK so instead you could do the face as below. Now the cup should be really full, now you can add the eyeball cake topper so that the eye is looking through the cup or even floating on top. The drink will take 5 minutes or so to turn green.
Frightful Fruit Kebabs
I love the simplicity of this idea too, here's what you need:
Black Candy Melts
Piping Bag #1 or just the smallest tip you can find.
Decorator Icing Eyes
Use the melon baller to make small balls of melon and cut the kiwi into similar sized squares. Make the kebab's and put them in the fridge for about an hour to chill. This is important as it helps with the decorating later. Now melt the candy melts in the microwave, they don't need long. You can get candy melts from Hobby Craft or your local cake supplier store.
Pour the melted candy into there piping bag, remove the kebabs from the fridge and just use a piece of kitchen towel to dab the fruit to remove the moisture. Decorate with faces, the kids could even do their own versions too. once complete place them back into the fridge to cool and set.
Drac Fang Biscuits
These look amazing! and they are super simple too. Here's what you need -
Pack of chocolate chip cookies, not too small, in fact the bigger the cookies the better.
Pack of small marshmallows (the type you would put into hot chocolate)
vanilla frosting (you can buy this ready made from most supermarkets)
Red food colouring
Almonds, sliced into fangs
Mix the frosting with a couple of drops of food colouring and see what colour you get, normally less is more but make sure you get a nice red colour not pink. Slice each cookie in half and spread a thin layer of frosting onto each half of cookie. Place 6 small marshmallows in a row to make the teeth and add an additional marshmallow behind the teeth for stability (this one can not be seen but helps to hold the two half in place). Place the other cookie half on top and now carefully add the sliced almonds as fangs onto each cookie.
Here's a couple of quick ideas to finish this section off, Jack O Lantern burgers, cut the face into the cheese before you put the cheese on the burger, and sweet filled creepy hands (surgical gloves) make sure you use long packs of sweets for each finger, just take a look at the pic. Imagine the reaction of trick or treaters if they got one of these each.
Glowing Monster Faces
You'll need halloween colour plastic cups, a sharpie and some led battery tea lights which you can often find from the pound shop. Draw a face on the cup and switch the light on underneath, simple but looks great in a darkened room.
This is something I have been doing for years with my balloon modelling. When I make a Lightsaber for instance in a dark environment I add a glow stick to add an awesome effect. For these you'll need some glow sticks, now the most popular glow sticks you will find in this country are the thin ones that can connect together to make necklaces or bracelets etc. If you get these you will want to add two glow sticks of the same colour in each balloon. If you are lucky enough to get really bug chunky glow sticks then just one stick per balloon will do. So use white round balloons, activate the glow sticks and pop a couple inside. Inflate making sure the glow sticks fall into the balloon. Tie the balloon now use a sharpie to draw the creepy face on the ballon and they should last maybe 2-3 hours before the glow fades out.
Paper Plate Ghost
This simple idea is just great to do together as a family. What you'll need:-
White Card (optional)
You don't need much instruction for these, use PVA glue to attach the toilet paper to the back of the plate, the card hands are optional and these can be made by the kids drawing around their own hands then cutting them out, again glue these to the back of the plate. Let them dry and hang them up.
This idea was featured on a YouTube Channel, you can see me making them in the video below, make sure you check out our cinema page for loads more great fun videos.
The only thing we really need now are some super easy Halloween theme games. So here we go, the first one is a FREE pdf to print off. Its a build your own monster kit which I suppose you could use it just as a craft idea but I prefer to print off the different bits and then put a number between 1 & 6 on each of the parts but not the main bodies. Each person gets a main body section then use a dice, the first person rolls and whatever number it lands on is a part they can pick up to put on their monster. The first person to complete their monster with two arms and legs wins.
This is kind of a repeat of a game I featured in last months post. But you can take some used tins paint them into different characters and play bowling. To help with their maths, put numbers on the back of the tins, then the kids need to add up the numbers on the tins knocked down to find their score.
Another take on this game is using toilet rolls with some black card cut out and stuck on them so they look like ghosts. I just can't see the toilet rolls being knocked over all that well though. Let me know how you get on with this version if you try it.
Bobbing for Donuts?
Not sure if thats the correct name for this game but I think its a cool take on bobbing for apples. The trickiest part of this game is having somewhere to tie the donuts to. I think the best idea is to do it outside and tie them to branches of a tree unless you have beams that you could tie them to maybe or some sort of rig set up for it. How about one of those mobile clothes hangers?
Glow in the Dark Ring Toss
I love this idea, get some glow sticks that come with connectors (you can find these from most pound shops). Use two glow sticks connected together to form a ring and then all you need is a steak in the ground o some sort of mounted pole to toss them over.