What is Halloween without a little trick-or-treating? If you’re feeling a bit tricked out of your usual Halloween festivities by the ongoing pandemic, here are some DIY Halloween treats and ideas to indulge in at home, with your housemates or family.
As autumn moves in we can smell the weather changing in the air. For many, this time of the year is a chance to enjoy some brisk scenic walks, indulge in pumpkin soup and pick your favourite autumn wardrobe to match the weather.
An all-around autumn favourite is, of course, Halloween. It’s the one night children and adults get the chance to have some spooky and creative fun while indulging on sugary treats.
Just because coronavirus won’t go away doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your own at-home Halloween festivities. Here are some creative, fun and spooky ideas to get you in the spirit.
Make a Halloween gingerbread house
Try creating a spooky haunted gingerbread house and see how long you can last before scarfing it down. You can have lots of fun competing with your children or partner to create the spookiest gingerbread decorations.
You don’t have to be an artist, in fact the more wonky the better as it will add to the effect. If you have time and love to bake, you can bake a wonderful house from scratch, but this can take a whole day to create.
If it’s all too much hassle, I’m sure you can find a baker who’ll sell you a tasty design.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
If your local Starbucks is closed, you could always make your own version of the company’s Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 cups of milk
2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
Between one and three tablespoons of white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ cup of hot strong coffee
Whipped cream for serving
Visit a pumpkin patch
…if such places are still open in your area. There’s no denying the UK is following in the footsteps of the US with Halloween designs becoming bigger and more extravagant each year. One of the most fun family activities at Halloween is carving a pumpkin or, if you have more than one pumpkin, a family competition.
Along with the creative side, it’s fun and enables a family outing to a pumpkin patch. Search online to find a site near you.
Set a ghostly dinner table
If you like to push the boundaries, this is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. Make ghosts and other spooky designs using paper cuttings and set them around your dinner table for a spooky-chic evening. Bonus, these decorations can be saved for future use.
Sinful Halloween cupcakes
Halloween is one night a year when you can indulge in as many sweet treats as you like – but why not make your own? You can enlist your housemates or family to help bake cupcakes from scratch or buy pre-made ones you can decorate together.
Cheesecake is always popular and easy to make, so why not bake a Halloween cheesecake with a good helping of pumpkin? One of my favourite websites with lots of creative ideas is Country Living.
It’s always priceless spending time with your loved ones. Netflix offers Halloween movies throughout the year, with more classics such as Hocus Pocus being added as the date draws near. Get the sweets, snuggle up and be prepared for some scary moments.
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