Make your Halloween a memorable one with lots of terrific treats to enjoy and games to play. Here are our favourites to inspire you.
Tasty Halloween Delights
Food and drink with shades of black and green will look Halloween fantastic.
Eerie Eyeball Cake
Make a large sponge cake and cover the top with green icing. To get a good drip effect, you can either use a spoon or squirt bottle method. Check out these instructions for top tips. Place candy eyeballs on top.
Little ghost, bat and witch hat cookies are perfect for a Halloween party. Use royal icing to decorate your biscuits. You can buy ready made royal icing sugar that you simply add water to – and this makes it really easy. To get a lovely shine on your cookies, ice them then pop into the oven at 40-50C for 15 minutes.
The key to a fabulous looking, and tasting, cupcake is a big swirl of frosting on top. A lot of frosting recipes can be too sweet, especially if your kids have already had a sugar overload from Halloween candy. That’s why we love Nigella Lawson’s suggestion of adding in cream cheese to take the sweet edge off!
Here’s her recipe to make enough to top 24 cupcakes.
- 496 grams confectioner’s sugar
- 128 grams cream cheese
- 128 grams soft unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar or lemon juice
- Put the confectioner’s sugar into a food processor and whizz to remove any lumps.
- Add the cream cheese and butter and process to mix. Pour in the cider vinegar or lemon juice and process again to make a delicious frosting.
Make a green drink and present it in a glass bottle, it’ll look awesome on the party table. For ease, serve limeade. Or make a green smoothie mixture by blending fruits like apple, pineapple and orange with water and add a handful of spinach for an intense green shade.
To make your party food and drinks look even more sensational, use Halloween tableware. Check out our plates, napkins and cups here.
Your kids will love party games with a thrill factor. Try these out:
Spine-tingling Scavenger Hunt
Give the kids a magnifying glass each, a sheet of things to find to tick off and get them to prowl the house to find the Halloween treasures. You can dim the lights, or place candles (electric ones are best for safety) in the corridors, to give a dramatic effect.
Stick the Nose on the Witch
Print off or draw a large witch’s face and make lots of warty noses, from card. Use a mask, or ‘mummy bandage’, to cover their eyes, spin them around and let them stick on a nose. The one closest to where the nose should be is the winner.
Zombie Eyeball Toss
Stick several Halloween themed cups onto a large upright blackboard or piece of card. Get the kids to take turns throwing plastic eyeballs at the cups, to see how many they can get in.
Give each child a plastic spider (stick a number on the top so they know which is theirs) and a straw (check out our fabulous paper straw range here). Place the spiders on a table or tray and get them to blow at their spider with a straw. The person to get theirs over the finish line is the winner.
Wrap plastic bowling pins with white toilet or crepe paper, then stick googly eyes on to make them look like mummies. Wrap a ball in the same way. Set up the pins and get the kids to take turns bowling.