It’s been a very scary and uncertain year so far and whilst we may not be able to throw a fancy dress Halloween party or take the children out trick or treating in 2020 it doesn’t mean that the festivities cannot carry on at home.

With half term leading up to Halloween this year, there are many ways we can celebrate at home as a family and enjoy this special, autumnal time of year.

Get Dressed Up

Just because you have to stay at home, doesn’t mean you can’t get into the full swing of it. The children will love it even more if you join in and it will help to set the atmosphere of the day. You could have a family competition or take it in turns to paint each other's faces.

Pumpkin Carving

It’s a tradition to carve pumpkins at Halloween, scooping out the flesh and the seeds is simple, messy and fun.  Younger children can definitely help with this bit and draw their own design ready to carve out.  If drawing isn’t your thing then there are plenty of free printable templates online.  Carving can be a little tricky, but with this Zyliss 3 in1 Squash & Pumpkin Halloween Tool you can cut, scoop and carve with ease without damaging the skin.  Once your carved creation is finished, add a tealight and you have your own Halloween lantern.  The battery operated Flickering Tea Lights from Premier are perfect for indoor use.

Make Pumpkin Soup

Use the flesh of your carved pumpkin to make a delicious and hearty soup.  Simply cut the flesh into chunks and fry in a frying pan along with some chopped onion until it starts to soften.  Add some vegetable or chicken stock and seasoning and bring to the boil.  If you have a soup maker you can transfer all of the ingredients to it before boiling.  Once boiled, allow to simmer gently for another 10 minutes.  

Finally if it is to your taste, add a good splash of cream and pour into a blender or use a hand blender to produce a smooth pureed texture.  Serve in your favourite bowl with some crusty bread.  

Watch a Scary Movie (But Not Too Scary)

There are lots of Halloween themed films suitable for all the family.  It’s the perfect excuse to curl up and snuggle with your favourite people.  Get under a lovely warm fluffy blanket and get stuck into some delicious homemade popcorn.  We really love this Sugar Skulls Duvet Set, perfect for night in front of the TV.

Play Some Games

Apple bobbing is the most obvious choice here and it can be really good fun, you just need a big bowl, container or bucket filled with water and some apples. No hands are allowed in this game, each person takes it in turns to grab as many apples out of the water using only their mouths within a set time.

Another idea is toilet roll mummies. In pairs take it in turns to wrap the other person up with toilet paper to make them look like a mummy. You could do this in the dark without the lights on to make it more spooky and for super silly and funny results.

Halloween Baking

Make a Halloween cake or some other tasty but scary treats.  There are so many ideas online.  You could make toffee or chocolate covered apples, cupcakes, cake pops or cookies.  We have a great range of Halloween Baking products that includes Halloween themed cupcake cases and Renshaw’s fondant icing, available in a variety of colours perfect for this theme.  We also have a selection of Halloween Cookie Cutters that are great for cutting shaped cookies but can also be used to make decorations for your cakes.  You can decorate your delicious baked goods with sweets, sprinkles, ribbon or anything else you can think of.

We hope we have given you enough ideas and inspiration to make the most of this fun and festive time of year even though it may not be the same as usual.  

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