Friday, 24 October 2014

Halloween!






We had only just moved into our home this time last year and had no idea what to expect at Halloween. In our old home we rarely had anyone call for Trick or Treat and as the years passed by I just let Halloween pass by too without doing anything. Then, last year we had caller after caller for nearly two hours as soon as it became dusk. I ran out of treats to give them, but the little ones were so excited answering the door to see the other children all dressed up.

So this year we are planning to join in. We are going to carve pumpkins and make some decorations and I've been hoarding my stack of spooky treats for a few weeks now. I'll let you know exactly how it all goes nearer the time but for now I'd like to do a round up of all the exciting things I've found to make Halloween a fun time for all.



Halloween Decorations

carving your pumpkin is something most people do at Halloween. Mine always end up looking the same, amateurish. Then I get pumpkin envy at all the pumpkins posted up over my social media sites. Well, here is a neat little trick for those who are not experts at pumpkin carvery like me...use cookie cutters. How simple! 


How about some lovely Pumpkin bunting, even the littlies ones could help with this task from Life As We Know It.

I love these Tin Can Luminaries from the Purple Pumpkin Blog, You can find tons of other Halloween ideas over there too.

How spooky are these Ghosts from Jelly Rose Yate, my kids would love these.


Halloween Cooking

Halloween cupcakes are always fun and Steph from Steph's Two Girls has some great decorating ideas here. 

Scary Zombie Fingers look great fun to make and serve from ET Speaks From Home


These Pumpkin Patch Carrot Dippers from Cat's Yellow Days would look great on the party table.

I confess that I'm not that keen on pumpkin, but these Pumpkin Spiced Muffins from Dad Creek without a Paddle look really yummy

Spiders are definitely not on my list of favourite things, but I might make an exception for these Spooky Spider Cookies from Thinly Spread.

I am loving this monster sandwich from the Mini Mes and Me, my kids will love to make one.

These Witches Broomsticks and Spooky Slime drinks from Family Ties look really scary!


Halloween Costumes

Want something easy and fun to make with the kids? Pink Oddy shows you how to decorate a spooky t-shirt

.Here are some easy Halloween Costume ideas over on Mumsnet.



Places to visit at Halloween

Many Farms have events where you can go and pick a pumpkin for Halloween and they throw in a lot of extra activities for children to enjoy too, at the National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton they are having a Halloween Spooktacular where you can pick and carve your own pumpkin, visit a haunted hotel and learn how to fly a broomstick amongst other fun things.

Hatton Adventure Farm is having a pumpkin week where you can pick a pumpkin and corn on the cob a well as taking a spooky tractor ride and listening to the Wicked Witch tell some scary tales around her cauldron.




The girls already have their witches outfits and the Little Man has a Gruffalo costume (if he'll wear it for more than five minutes) So my next decision is...do we have a Halloween party?





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