halloween · Life · Ocassion · Style

Throw A FANGTASTIC Halloween Bash


Halloween is only a few weeks away, and many of us are running to the supermarkets to buy the perfect pumpkin to carve, plenty of candy for trick or treaters… and of course decorations for a party! Planning parties can be a little stressful, but mostly fun because you get to play around with idea and be as creative as you want.

The secret to throwing the spookiest party you can is to first plan the following things:

· Date and Time

· Who’s Invited

· Theme

· Scary or Fun?

· Food Options

The easiest place to hold a party is at home. You can decorate your whole house to feel like a haunted house, knock up some scary recipes in your cozy plan kitchen rand make the most of playing hostess for the night. You will be able to create the perfect ambience for your SPOOKTACULAR and keep all of your guests entertained!

To really add to the creepy atmosphere of a Halloween bash, why not hold it in your garden? You can set up a gazebo and hang up skeletons on the trees to scare people as they approach the house.

Some simple treats you could make can include:

· Jack Skellington Oreo Pops

· Spooky S’Mores Dip (paint the marshmallows to look like ghosts)

· Ladies Fingers (Sponge fingers and Jelly)

· Witches Cauldron Punch

Once you’ve decided on everything you want to create for your Halloween bash and who you’d like to invite, it’s time to decide whether you want a theme or not. Themed parties are fun and take everyone back to their childhoods, so this is a great option for you and will help you decide what kind of decorations and games to play.

GHOST : The simplest theme you can have involves everyone dressing up as a ghost. It could be a full glow in the dark costume or an old bed sheet, the choice is yours.

MOVIE MONSTERS : There have been some very iconic horror movies in the last few decades, and giving your guests free reign might give you some fun surprises. Someone will no doubt dress up as Pennywise, and don’t be shocked if you see a few Dracula’s and Freddy Krueger’s around.

CLOWNS! : If you don’t like clowns (we don’t blame you) then this theme is not for you. The theme is broad so you could end up with some cute, fun clowns and some that look downright evil.

VAMPIRES : Excusing Twilight from the list, vampires can be menacing and evil creatures. A vampire theme would involve lots of bats, coffins and BLOOD (strawberry sauce or wine for the adults)

ANCIENT EGYPT : Egypt is full to the brim of mythical creatures, Pharaohs and Mummies to make for a colourful and crazy party. Just make sure that you make room for some pyramids in the backyard.

MOVIE PARTY: Movies are always a great choice for a party. You could go for a magical Harry Potter theme, choose something more galactic like Star Wars, or even go full Superhero and have a Marvel theme

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halloween · Recipes

Halloween spider cupcakes

I always enjoy baking with the kids and any occasion is an excuse, so this weeks excuse is Halloween. I looked through Pinterest and tried to find something easy enough for the kids to copy…in the end I settled on: 

Spider cupcakes (image from interest)

Which are basically just normal chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing with sprinkles and then decorated with liquorice laces as legs and icing for eyes. How hard can that be right?!? Haha!

The basic cakes were pretty easy to do:

110g butter

110g caster sugar

2 eggs

75g self-raising flour

25g cocoa powder

I use the all in one method and basically chuck it all in and mix well. Separate into 12 cupcake cases and cook at 170 degrees for 20 minutes and then cool well. 

And the icing was:

175g soft cheese

300g icing sugar

50g butter

40g cocoa powder
When the cakes are completely cool, spread the icing over each cake and cover in chocolate sprinkles (looks like a hairy spider body), then snap up liquorice threads, we chose cola flavoured but go with whatever works for you (black or red would look good too) and poke 4 in either side as legs. 

We then used white icing and black writing icing to do the eyes, but it would work just as well with chocolate buttons or smarties as eyes. 

My children are 5 and 8 so they were never going to be perfect but they do look like spiders and the kids had a fab time making them!

Days out · halloween

Amberley Working Museum- A family day out in West Sussex

We had a most amazing day out at the Amberley Museum this weekend, it is not the cheapest entry ticket but is a full day’s visit and plenty to look at. 

Being a Halloween special we started off with spooky arts and crafts. 

And had a play on a few Halloween themed games:

Also there was a fabulous display by “Hawking About” which my children were actually thrilled by!

These activities were all before we even started going around the actual museum, which was full of old vehicles:

People demonstrating old techniques for pottery, carving, stone work…the kids loved it!

There is even an old train and bus which you can go for rides on:

All in all a fabulous day out for all the family, even the young girly children enjoyed all the old vehicles which we were slightly worried they wouldn’t enjoy. 


Halloween kids outfits

I took the kids to the original factory shop and let them choose one item each, I don’t really like Halloween and all we ever do is trick or treating, so spending extra money was not gonna happen. 

Bethany chose a zombie bride dress and veil and Jack chose a scary mask:

We decided he looked a bit like the hunchback of notre dame (although after this weeks walking dead I think he looks like Glenn!) and he asked me to make the rest of the outfit for him. 

So the next thing I knew I’m sat cutting and sewing for him!

We started with an old tshirt of daddy’s and a ruined pillow. 

A quick bit of cutting and sewing and ta dah the hunchback was complete!

Bethany only needed a bit of facepaint to finish hers off. 

And off they went to enjoy the day with nanny and grandad (grandad refused to be included in the blog)