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Halloween Costumes & Treats


Have you ever looked at Pinterest and thought “yes I can do that”, and very quickly realised that it is actually way harder than you thought it would be? Us too! We have rounded up a few Halloween fancy dress that will not send you into despair!  And don't forget - they don't always have go be scary costumes - so that might make things easier!

 

This minion outfit can be recreated using a pair of dungarees and yellow long sleeve tshirt. For the hat you can find really reasonable beanies for as little as £3.50 on amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beechfield-Soft-Knitted-Winter-Yellow/dp/B00D4N9C9U/ref=sr_1_10?dchild=1&keywords=yellow+beanie&qid=1634392579&sr=8-10 . Grab a few black pipe cleaners and fix onto the top using a glue gun or some double-sided tape. The googles can also be purchased online. However, if you really wanted to save the pennies you can use normal swim googles. Get a piece of cardboard can cut 2 circular shapes and then paint white. Once dry, attach them to the front of the goggles, and hey presto you have a minion outfit!

 

 

This spider crown is really easy to recreate and would look super spooky with a little black outfit and some face paints. Using a regular black alice band, purchase a few black plastic spiders and fix onto the top using super glue. You could even throw in a few spooky eyeballs or other ghoulish critters.

 

 

A bit more crafty, but this could be a great half term project. The outfit kind of speaks for itself, but you will need:

  • A large piece of carboard big enough for front and back of house
  • Black card and white card for bats
  • Bat template – can be downloaded online
  • Black paint
  • Black trousers
  • Black top.

And if you’re feeling really crafty, why not add a bit of glitter!

And hey, if all else fails, there is always the tried and tested ghost costume.... An old sheet and pair of scissors can go a long way.

 

And if you're sending your children off to a party make sure no naughty ghoulie pinches their costume - label them with some sticky SupaTags or Iron on Labels. https://www.nametags4u.co.uk/products/name-labels-school-pack

 

So, you’ve sorted the costume, now how about some spook-tacular snacks! We have found some great recipes (tried and tested by us) that don’t require you to run out and buy lots of cookie cutter shapes.

These pastry snakes are easy to make and look great.

You will need:

  • 320g pack ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 50g grated parmesan or vegetarian alternative
  • flour, for dusting
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • poppy seeds or sesame seeds for decorating
  • black or green peppercorns

How to make?

Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Unroll the pastry and top with a couple of handfuls of parmesan, then fold in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry out to a thickness of 2mm. Cut into 1cm strips, then twist each strip several times to form a snake.

 

Lay out the snakes on a baking sheet, then brush each one with egg and sprinkle with more cheese. To decorate, scatter over the seeds. Flatten one end of each snake and press in two peppercorns for eyes. Bake for 12-14 mins, or until golden. Leave to cool. Will keep for two days in an airtight container.

 

 

Incorporate pizza into Halloween night with some spooky spiders. The recipe is for homemade pizzas, but you can definitely just buy a plain cheese and tomato pizza to make it easier. You can also substitute the chorizo and olives for other spider shaped goodies, such as pepper or ham.

  • 1 pack pizza base mix – will make roughly 8 small pizzas
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 120ml passata or tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 150g grated mozzarella
  • 4 large pitted black olives
  • 6 small slices salami or chorizo
  • Little veg for eyes, such as peas or sweetcorn

 

How to make

If using pizza mix, follow the directions on the packet and then follow the below.

  • Halve each olive and put four halves, cut-side down on four pizzas – these are the spider bodies. Cut the rest of the olive halves into thin strips, then arrange on either side of the bodies to look like legs.
  • Put four pieces of salami or chorizo on the four remaining pizza bases. Cut the other pieces of salami into thin strips and use them to make the legs of the spiders. Add 2 peas or sweetcorn to each spider for the eyes.

Bake each tray for 12 mins or until golden and crisp and the cheese is starting to brown.

 

These little guys are a firm favourite in our house! Petrifying Peppers!

The great thing about these is you can pretty much fill them with whatever you like, but we tend to use mince.

What will you need?

  • 1 pepper per person – red/orange or yellow
  • 500g mince
  • Peppers – chopped finely
  • Onions – chopped finely
  • Seasoning – we use paprika and cinnamon

 

How to make

  • Pre heat oven to 180o
  • Cut the tops off the peppers (keeping the tops to one side) and remove the seeds and any white flesh from inside. Use a small sharp knife to carve spooky Halloween faces into the sides. Chop any offcuts into small pieces and set aside.
  • Cook mince as per packet instructions and flavour with your chosen seasoning. (You could make a spaghetti bolognaise mix). Add peppers and onions and cook until soft.
  • Fill each pepper with the mince mixture. Replace the lids, using cocktail sticks to secure them in place, and put the peppers in a deep roasting tin with the carved faces facing upwards. Roast in the oven until peppers are softened – roughly 15/20 minutes.

 

 

Would it even be Halloween if there weren’t some freaky witch fingers or brain balls on the table? No, we didn’t think so.

 

What you will need for the fingers:

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 200g plain flour
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 20 blanched almonds
  • Red food colouring, paste is best (optional)

 

 

How to make:

  • Place the first five ingredients and a pinch of salt in a food processor and whizz just until a ball of dough forms.
  • Tear off a golf ball-size piece of dough and use your hands to roll into finger-size cylinders – you should get about 20. Place on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment – a little apart as they will spread during baking.
  • Use a knife to make a few cuts, close together, for the knuckles. Place an almond at the end of each finger and trim away excess pastry around the edge to neaten.
  • Place in the fridge for 30 mins.
  • Heat oven to 180C/ 160C fan/ gas 4, then bake for 10-12 mins just until firm.
  • Leave to cool a little, then paint the almond with food colouring.

 

Ingredients for Brain balls:

  • 85g popping corn
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for shaping
  • 25g butter
  • 85g marshmallows

How to make:

  • Place the popping corn and vegetable oil in a large pan set over a medium heat.
  • Stir the kernels around the pan to coat in the oil. When the kernels start to pop, place a lid firmly on top and turn the heat down to low.
  • Cook, shaking the pan often to stop the popcorn burning or sticking, until the corn has stopped popping, about 5 mins.
  • Tip into a bowl, discarding any unopened kernels.
  • Heat butter and marshmallows over a low heat until melted. Pour over popcorn and mix well until coated.
  • Lightly rub oil over your hands and shape the popcorn into small balls. Set aside on a tray lined with baking parchment and leave to set.