Halloween is my favourite celebration: the air is crisp, the leaves on the trees are the most breathtaking colour and most importantly the kids are back at school, which means I have some space to get creative. Scotty and I don’t do half measures either when it comes to dressing up, we transform the house until it looks like something from the Addams family with spiders and cobwebs galore and pumpkin glowing in the corners of every room. Just make sure you find the right balance of spooky, you don’t actually want tears and tantrums! So, here are some of my favourite ideas to help you have the best Hallows’ Eve and be the coolest mum in the neighbourhood.
Nail the Costume
Scott is a big fan of fancy dress and i am a perfectionist and love to get creative – you’ve got to make the photo albums worth looking through after all, and the more memorable the better! this was our mini attempt for Jasper’s Halloween disco last week. Admittedly Spiderman isn’t the look we were going for but after a mini meltdown from Charlie we succumbed – pick your battles I say!
Costumes don’t have to be expensive either, Jasper won with his outfit and that was just 4 packs of bandages from Amazon and some long johns underneath! Have a look on Pinterest for some home-made ideas. These are some personal favourites:
The Treats are Important Too – And They Can Even Be Healthy
Again, you just have to get your creative juices flowing with this one -even just drawing a pumpkin face on a satsuma gives you a fantastic healthy treat to give out when the kids come knocking. Or how about dipping banana halves in white chocolate and adding raisins for eyes and a mouth to make a tasty ghost. I also love these gruesome hotdog fingers – simple yet very effective. And if you’re not feeling very Nigella then if in doubt just add food colouring, kids find any food entertaining when its green. Except broccoli. If only it were the same with broccoli…
Decorate the House
Seeing as Halloween is only one night its tough to justify spending an absolute fortune on decorations, but you can make some really effective bits and bobs with a bit of DIY. Have a look how to make some spooky cobwebs out of bin bags here, or buy some glowsticks and make these terrifying eyes to put in the bushes.
Get the kids involved!
Carving pumpkins is a classic, but there are so many other arts and crafts kids can get up to when it comes to Halloween and its a great way to get all the family involved. Thanks to LED candles we can make some fabulous tea lights for the garden path, and making cobwebs with some string, some PVA glue and a balloon is a real crowd pleaser. Have a look for more crafts here. We are planning to do a bit of baking too over half term. With some squeezy icing tubes expect cobweb gingerbreads and ghoulish gingerbread ghosts dipped in white chocolate. Pics will follow if they look anything like I am planning.
Get in the Halloween Spirit
Living in the countryside means we’re a little short of neighbours to go trick-or-treating, but that doesn’t stop us from getting involved in the festivities. Why not go for a spooky walk through the woods and play hide and spook!
Whatever you are up to I hope it creates lots of new memories for all of you!