Pumpkins, baking and lots of mess...
As we get closer to Halloween, and a much-anticipated extra hour when the clocks go back, why not have a go at some seasonal crafts and bakes to keep everyone entertained!
- Pumpkin Carving
While some pumpkin carving can be spooky, why not challenge your kids to see what designs they can come up with themselves!
All you need is:
A pumpkin (any size – depending on how creative you’re planning on being!)
Knife (you can get pumpkin carving kits from your local supermarket)
First, cut a circle out of the bottom of the pumpkin, and scoop the inside seeds out until it’s hollow inside.
Then, you can either freestyle, sketch or trace a stencilled outline onto the pumpkin
Take your hollowing knife and begin to etch into the pumpkin. If your little ones are quite small you may want to help them out at this stage.
Pop in a candle or tea light (real or led!) and wait for it to get dark before you can see the results of your efforts! (or if you’re too impatient to wait… just turn off the lights!)
This can get quite messy – so be prepared for a lot of clean up, but with some helping hands you’ll be done in no time. And be sure to send us any pictures of your creations – we’d love to see how you all get on!
- Monster Pops
These are a fun, easy baking treat for all the family to get involved with!
2/3 cup of natural smooth peanut butter (can use flavoured biscuit spread as an alternative)
2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice (pumpkin spice is 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon, 2 tsp ground ginger, 2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 1/2 tsp ground allspice, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves)
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup white chocolate
1 tbsp coconut oil
Decoration: Icing, food colouring, icing gel or anything else you fancy!
You’ll also need some cake-pop sticks (skewers work just as well!)
- First, prepare the filling. In a medium bowl, stir all of the filling ingredients together, with a spatula or spoon. Stir until the mixture forms a very firm dough.
- Roll into small balls.
- Place on a tray lined with baking paper. Chill in the fridge whist you prepare the coating.
- Coating: Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together, until mixed and liquified.
- Dip the end of the sticks in the melted chocolate so the balls stick to the sticks better.
- Spear one peanut butter ball with the chocolate-coated end of the stick.
- Then dip the ball into the melted chocolate and roll around to coat well. Rest on the baking tray once covered.
- Repeat this with all the balls and chill for 30 mins.
- Use icing to decorate like monsters! These will keep in the fridge for a week.
Enjoy! And send us pictures of your creations… if they’re around for long enough before you eat them!!
- Creepy Crispy Cakes!
These are essentially crispy cakes, but with a Halloween twist! You can decorate them however you like though – put your kids to the test and see what they can come up with!
For 10 cakes you will need:
3 tablespoons of butter
280 grams of marshmallows
6 cups of popped rice cereal (or any cereal you’d like!)
Chocolate, icing, other bits and bobs!
- Melt the butter in a pan with medium heat (or microwave on low).
- Add the marshmallows to the pan and stir until it’s all melted together - don’t burn it! Then take it off the heat.
- Add the cereal, stirring with every cup you add until it’s all evenly mixed.
- Oil everything! Hands, bowls, utensils – the lot!
- While the mixture is still warm, press it into a baking tray lined with parchment, or shape into some spooky creations if you’re feeling adventurous
- Let the mixture sit and cool for about 30 mins.
- Cut and decorate with melted chocolate and any other decorating items you may have!
- Eat and enjoy!
If you’re looking for more seasonal things to do, why not head over to https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/halloween and check out their games, print outs and crafts!
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