Ultimate Guide to Halloween Fun
This time of year is my favourite. I love all things autumn as you’ve probably guessed. The change in the light, the colours of the leaves, dew drops dancing on the spider webs on misty mornings, and kicking piles of leaves around as we walk the dog, I could go on all day.
As part of Autumn, we’ve been celebrating Halloween with pumpkins; corn, leaves, toffee apples and so much more. My aunty used to make the best toffee apples with really hard toffee that cracked properly with each bite not the soft gooey caramel versions we buy today. Sadly, she passed away before anyone could get the recipe so I’ve yet to find a good alternative to get the hard crack toffee but I’ll find it.
To get in the mood this week..
We went to a local corn maze and fruit farm. Every year we attend their Halloween festival to pick some pumpkins. We do grow our own, but we can never have too many. The fruit farm has a variety of fun attractionstoo like a tractor barrel ride, zip line, go-karts and best of all a giant mega corn maze. A maize maze, get it??
The kids love it and its become a much loved tradition now. We really like to celebrate Autumn in all its glory so Halloween is a good excuse to put up decorations and paint our windows with some spooky designs. We’ve carved our fantastic giant pumpkins and picked our outfits. All that’s left is to enjoy our annual Halloween party.
Some fun we had this week
- Pumpkin Carving. Every year we pick the best pumpkins and
each carve one for our doorway. We’ve done the sick pumpkin right through to the traditional pumpkin. This year we stuck with the Jack the pumpkin king, and a spider pumpkin. What do you think? We looked at this site for pumpkins ideas.
- Decorating the house. Normally, we don’t go in for
spooky decorations as I have kids of varying ages and sensitivity, SO I I go for more cartoon type decorations or spiders etc. We decorate the indoors but this year, the children had so much fun using the chalk pens to decorate my windows.
You can buy the CHALK PENS really quite cheap and we used them for all sorts of decorations.
- Stick spider webs. We made stick spider webs like these ones from Mother Natured. We had a fantastic day in the woods collecting some stick for these. The sticks have been guns, walking sticks, fishing rods… and now they’ve been turned into these fantastic webs. We had some glow in the dark nail varnish so we painted it onto the strings so we can put them outside and see them from the road.
- Spinning ghosts. The kids made these so simple spinning ghosts from Krototak.com. We made a string of them and hung them from the tree outside as well as dotted around the living room.
More activities we tried..
- Foam spider kits. For the younger kids I found these foam spider kits from designed by
Baker Ross. We had a lovely afternoon playing with the shapes and colours before putting together the spiders. We made a garland to hang over the spider.
- Play Ghost Hunt. We bought this game from Amazon. This gets pulled out every year and is fantastic. The skeleton projects the ghosts onto the walls around you and you have to try shoot as many as you can. TIP. remember to press the reload button.
We’ve had 2 years of playing this at Halloween before the kids told me to press it. That explains why I kept only getting 4 or 5 ghosts while they got 23 etc. I did wonder why they thought it was so funny?! Some other games we play are Zombie Bowling and Zombie Blast. Both great games although I do think ghost hunt is the best.
- Jar Lanterns. Making jar lanterns is something we do regularly and this year; we made tissue paper stripes all over the jar and cut out black shapes to go inside to make spooky silhouettes. There’s also a cute ideas from Le Coin De Mel
- Spider plant decorations. These fantastic spider planters came from this idea on Growing Famiy. They sit outside next to our pumpkins. Although I couldn’t get hold of baby spider
plants, so I found black grasses in the garden centre so we made purple and green (painted with left over spray-paint I had from painting outdoor pots) spider with black plants. They look fab!! ( Check out Catherine over at growing family.co.uk she has so many great ideas)
- Lolly Stick spider webs. The idea from Buggy and Buddy, were so easy to make and look fabulous. I dabbed the string with glow in the dark nail varnishFront Porch Bowling Zombies I had on hand and hung them from our tree. They look amazing.
- DIY witches broom. We gathered together some dried grass seed heads and some dock seed heads. we bunched them together on the end of a long stick we found in the woods. It stood next to our doorway covered in fake webs.
Games we loved..
1.Dooking for apples
2.Tin can bowling
3.Witch hat glow stick hoopla.
4.Ghost hunt (see above)
- Spider web cakes. This one looks so effective but is actually very easy. We tried this delicious recipe from Kitchen Sanctuary.
- Gingerbread skeletons. This is a fantastic addition to our buffet. I followed the recipe from Crumbs and corkscrews. I made the dough 2 weeks before Halloween and rolled out the dough cut out the skeleton shapes and lay them out on some grease-proof paper.
Then i layered them up on top of each other and put them in a zip lock bag. I made a huge batch of these then popped them in the freezer. This will be enough gingerbread men to cover Halloween and extra for Christmas. Bonus. All I had to do was take out enough for Halloween and pop them on a cookie sheet and bake them off. That was I get fresh biscuits without the stress and all I need to do is cool them and ice with white icing.
- Spider web pizza. I loved this idea from Nerdymamma.com. I used ketchup on the raw pizza before baking to make a web shape on the pizza too. It went darker once baked and looked great with the olive spider.
- Lolly ghosts. Easy peasy this one, I got the idea from dadsbible.co.uk I wrapped lollies on tissue and tied them shut.
- Ghost sandwiches’ i used my cookie cutters to make sandwich shaped like ghosts and bats etc. I filled them with homemade raspberry jam. Chocolate spread and cheese spread.
- Pumpkin shaped carrots. I got the idea from littledairyontheprairie.com so simple and so cute. It’s hard to find healthy ideas so an occasion that’s surrounded by loads of candy.
So there you go, my Ultimate Guide to Halloween Fun to do list. What do you have planned for Halloween week? do you have any traditions you love to keep? I love to hear all about your Halloween so get in touch.