There always seemed to be Hallowe’en parties when I was young. Â No trick or treating in my day, I think that is a more recent import but certainly apple bobbing, eating doughnuts off pieces of string for some reason, pinning a nose on a witch and the like. Â A lot of little girls dressed up as traditional witches in black with pointy hats and broomsticks but I can’t Â for the life of me remember what the boys came as. Â Anyway, as this years’ Hallowe’en nearly falls in half term my children thought it a bonza excuse for a party and away we went.
We have cut out bats from black paper, ghosts from white paper and of course pumpkins from orange. Â Many, many cobwebs have been fashioned out of newspapers (just google it and you can find out how to fold, cut and create a cobweb). Â Pumpkins have been carved, old cans punched with holes and filled with candles and many, many lanterns adorned the garden. Â We have really gone to town. Â What I have particularly enjoyed is the homemade aspect, that we have all sat around the table snipping and sticking, it takes me back.
As you might expect I have also been busy in the kitchen and share with you here some ideas should you need them. Â To kick off we had marshmallow toasting by the bonfire and lots of paper cones filled with popcorn upon which I drizzled butterscotch sauce. Â For tea, Chilli (February 2014) – not too spicy but with enough heat to warm the children up after charging around outside served with rice and cornbread. Â The array of sweet treats included meringue bones – whip your egg whites and sugar until super stiff then pipe out and bake, they look fabulous and taste great too. Â Spooky cobweb cookies (October 2014) and finally Graveyard puddings. Â These were simply lime jelly topped with a gravel of whizzed up Oreos and I made some little chocolate biscuits iced to represent gravestones. Â To finish a triple layered chocolate cake with a white chocolate cobweb piped onto the dark chocolate ganache adorned with a large spider. Â Have fun!