Believe it or not we are now in October and that means that one of our favourite seasonal events is close at hand, Hallowe’en! Whether as a family you decide to take your children trick or treating or not there is plenty of fun to be had all the same. Read on for for some Halloween and pumpkin fun.
One of the most enjoyable parts of Hallowe’en for little ones is the dressing up. It can of course also be one of the most expensive parts for us grown ups, although it needn’t be.
Making a costume could be as easy as printing off mask templates and some cutting out with matching coloured clothing. Face paint is fabulous for extra detail as well as last minute mind changes. If you aren’t of a mind to sew or make from scratch for just one night then browse your local charity shops, buy-sell sites on Facebook, Freecycle and similar. This adorable costume cost just four pounds with the pumpkin costume coming from a local buy, sell or swap site and the mask coming from Asda for a pound.
Whether you are staying in or going out for Hallowe’en there is the opportunity to enjoy hours of fun art and craft time and well as making your home feel very seasonal indeed. It’s never a bad idea to decorate your front door so that those Trick or Treating will be able to see at a glance whether or not you are happy to have people knocking. How you choose to decorate is up to you however with carved pumpkins (the more imaginative the better), spiders and webs, witches and cats, ghosts and ghouls and more you have plenty to choose from.
if you are stumped for inspiration have a look at our Hallowe’en Pinterest board. We are fans as you can see!
Although pumpkins are available for weeks around autumn-time they’ve featured heavily during Hallowe’en especially for some time. There are some brilliant and very tasty ways to enjoy pumpkin, especially if you have been busy carving out pumpkins for decoration. Enjoy hearty soups, pies and much more. We have our eye on this delicious looking recipe for Hallowe’en Pumpkin Cake, a tray bake style cake of sorts from BBC Good Food and will be attempting it soon! What are your favourite pumpkin or Hallowe’en themed recipes?
Although Hallowe’en is just one day it often becomes something of a week-long affair with time spent cooking, decorating, enjoying themed local events and more. What do you do for Hallowe’en if anything? Do you have any tips or tricks to share (nice tricks only!) for making costumes, decorating or enjoying pumpkin based recipes? If so leave us a comment, we’d love to hear from you!