Love it or hate it, Halloween is one of those days that rolls around each year, with more and more people getting involved. You don’t need to necessarily embrace it as a ‘celebration of the occult’, but instead, use it as a reason to get the grandchildren over to your home for a bit of a party.
We’ve compiled a list of some easy to do crafts and snacks you can make together:
If you decide you want to get dressed up in preparation for everyone arriving, a great way of doing this is to visit some local charity shops. They’ll often bring out their fancy dress in the few weeks run up to the 31st October – giving you both a cheap option and also recycling/reusing is good for the environment.
Why not have a bit more fun and create some fancy dress outfits as part of your party fun? And who says these need to be spooky? Become a superhero by using an old red t-shirt, cut out some holes in a cardboard box and you’ve got yourself a robot, or even just a little bit of face paint can do wonders.
Get everyone giggling right away and make these surprisingly convincing party snacks:
Slice the apples into 2cm strips, slather a decent layer of peanut butter onto one side only. Line up the mini marshmallows in a row along a slice, and top with another peanut buttered apple wedge.
If you have any nut allergies in the house, you could switch the peanut butter for chocolate spread (it’ll be a bit messier, but just as fun).
Save up your used toilet rolls, open up the first aid kit and make these fun puppets.
Stick on the googly eyes about 2/3 of the way up your cardboard toilet roll. Cover the remaining area in PVA glue. Carefully wrap the bandage around from bottom to top, making sure you avoid the eyes. When you get to the top, cut the end of the bandage in half, wrap one side around again and tie together. You can leave a bit flapping at the side to add to the overall effect.
Autumn is not only when Halloween comes along, it is also when the leaves start turning beautiful shades and falling to the ground. Get out into the garden, collect some leaves and bring them in for a bit of spooky craft fun.
Allow your leaves to dry out completely, then lay them out on some scrap newspaper. Lightly paint each one – don’t use too much as they could rip. If the colour isn’t strong enough, then use a couple of coats.
Once these are fully dry, snip off the stalks and draw on the eyes and mouth. These could then be stuck around the room as decorations.
You might have seen the clever adaptation of turning a gingerbread man upside down and making it into a Christmas reindeer, but you can also adapt the trusty biscuit cutter for Halloween.
Once the gingerbread men have been made, cut and cooked, allow to cool completely and then pipe in a skeleton design. This can be as detailed or as simple as you like.
As you can see from the picture, there are a whole host of designs you can create from cookie cutter shapes you are likely to already have in your cupboard.
We absolutely couldn’t have a list of Halloween activities without including the classic; pumpkin carving. It’s messy, it’s a complete faff, and it’s often one you’ll want to give up on halfway through! But in the end, everyone is so pleased with their creation that it’s all worth the effort after all.
You could add a bit of variety by going traditional and using a turnip, or a bit more unusual and use a butternut squash.
You can often pick up a cheap set of tools at your local bargain shop. Don’t forget your pens so that you can sketch out the design first.
You also might want to avoid any burnt fingers and get some battery tea lights – meaning they’ll shine on the front porch for even longer.
Get your friends and/or family round for a bit of fun and laughter; make a mess, and enjoy the memories you make in the process. If you take any pictures, we’d love to see them; please share them with us on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.