We'd never have thought of No. 8!
Having a Hallowe'en party? Easy themed party food and decorations with one simple tool - Hallowe'en biscuit cutters.
Use your biscuit cutters to cut the childrens' favourite flavours into spooky shapes for an easy-and-impressive party platter. Why keep this just for Hallowe'en? Brighten up everyday lunches and never have boring square sandwiches again! Image from Tonya Staab
2) Tortilla chips
Got dips? Make chips! Cut tortillas into fun party shapes with your cutters, sprinkle with your favourite seasoning, then bake to make a crunchy snack. Name your dips for extra Hallowe'en party points - anyone for ghoulish guacamole slime?
3) Saltdough shapes
Make a glittery garland of Hallowe'en shapes to decorate the house for your party. Use your biscuit cutters to cut shapes from saltdough (click here for a saltdough recipe - it's really easy!) and poke a hole in the top of each shape for hanging. Bake, then paint and sprinkle liberally with glitter. Tie a ribbon through the hole and hang up your Hallowe'en decorations.
Start Hallowe'en in spook-tacular style with pancakes for breakfast. But not the crepe-style ones we have on Pancake Day - thick fluffy American-style ones, in Hallowe'en shapes, of course! Don't buy special pancake moulds, all you need is biscuit cutters and an American pancake recipe. Now, who's got the maple syrup?
5) Potato painting stamps
Easy Hallowe'en craft for little ones - so long as a grown-up makes the stamps, of course! Cut a potato in half, push the cutter into the cut side, cut around the edge with a knife, and remove the cutter. Now all you need is small plates filled with paint, plenty of paper, and an enthusiastic young artist.
6) Surprise cake
What could be better than chocolate cake with a surprise inside? Cut a slice and - BOO! - there's a little white ghost! Bake the white cake, then cut with your ghost biscuit cutter. Line up the ghost shapes in a loaf tin, cover with chocolate cake mix and bake. Decorate, slice and enjoy! Swap the cakes around to make a bat cake, or make ginger cake and use a pumpkin cutter - whatever your favourite flavours and shapes are. Click here for the recipe.
7) Paint stamps
Even easier than the potato stamps! Just fill a shallow plate with paint, dip a cutter in and press onto paper. Best with plastic biscuit cutters, with the thickest side dipped into the paint. Stick-on googly eyes are a fun finishing touch.
8) Pumpkin carving
Now you weren't expecting that, were you? We love this idea - so simple it's almost obvious! Just tap your cutters in with a mallet - for small pumpkins they'll go all the way through, for large ones you'll have to pull them back out with pliers and finish the job with a knife. Much easier than trying to cut around paper templates, don't you think?
OK, it's not that creative, as that's what they're made for. But what if you don't have any Hallowe'en cutters? Simple - use a gingerbread man shape and get creative with your icing!
Feeling inspired and ready to hit the kitchen? Here's a brilliantly-easy gingerbread biscuit recipe.