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Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween Party Ideas

 

Think of Halloween and what comes to mind? Trick-a-treating; dressing up; apple bobbing; pumpkin carving; bats & ghosts.

Halloween has evolved over hundreds of years and the modern hallows
eve that we celebrate on the 31st October is actually a mish-mash of
traditions, superstitions and religious festivals from all over Europe
dating as far back as ancient Rome. The basic premise of Halloween is
to be thankful for the harvest and to prevent spirits from the land of the
dead crossing over to the land of the living in order to wreak havoc.

When it comes to celebrating Halloween here are some ideas to
help you ward off the evil spirits and have a great party.

Pumpkin Carving is cheap, simple and fun. Even if you don’t have an
artistic bone in your body you can still create a great looking Halloween
pumpkin that you can put outside your front door or in your window to
frighten the trick-a-treaters. Remember, if you are using candles to keep
it away from anything flammable and out of the reach of children

Print out our scary pumpkin face stencil.

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Pumpkin Pie

Another great use for pumpkin is to
make pie. Here is a frightfully good
pumpkin pie recipe:

Ingredients

750g/1lb 10oz pumpkin or butternut
squash, peeled, de-seeded and cut into
chunks 350g/12oz sweet shortcrust pastry
plain flour for dusting board
140g/5oz caster sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp fresh nutmeg, grated
1 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
25g/1oz butter, melted
175ml milk
1 tbsp icing sugar

Method

1. Put the pumpkin in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil, simmer for 15 mins or until tender. Drain the pumpkin and leave to cool.

2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use it to line a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Chill for 15 mins. Line the pastry with baking parchment and blind baking beans, then bake for 15 mins. Remove the beans and paper, and cook for a further 10 mins until the base is pale golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.

3. Increase oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Push the cooled pumpkin through a sieve into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, salt, nutmeg and half the cinnamon. Mix in the beaten eggs, melted butter and milk, then add to the pumpkin purée and stir to combine. Pour into the tart shell and cook for 10 mins, then reduce the temperature to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Continue to bake for 35-40 mins until the filling has just set.

4. Leave to cool, then remove the pie from the tin. Mix the remaining cinnamon with the icing sugar and dust over the pie. Serve chilled.

Toffee Apples

If you have any apples left over make
some sticky sweet toffee apples

Ingredients

8 Granny Smith apples
400g/14oz golden caster sugar
1 tsp vinegar
4 tbsp golden syrup

Method

1. Place the apples in a large bowl and cover with boiling water to remove any waxiness or residue which may prevent the toffee from sticking. Dry the apples and remove the stalks. Push a stick into the stalk end of each apple and put the apples on a piece of baking parchment.

2. Tip the sugar into a pan along with 100ml water heat gently. Cook for about 5 mins until the sugar dissolves, then stir in the vinegar and syrup. Set a sugar thermometer in the pan and boil to 140C If you don’t have a thermometer you can test the toffee by pouring a little into a bowl of cold water. It should harden instantly and, when removed, be brittle and easy to break. If you can still squish the toffee, continue to boil it.

3. Working quickly and carefully, dip and twist each apple in the hot toffee until covered, let any excess drip away, then place on the baking parchment to harden. You may have to heat the toffee a little if the temperature drops and it starts to feel thick and viscous. Leave the toffee to cool before eating. Can be made up to 2 days in advance, stored in a dry place

Apple Bobbing

1. Use a bucket or a tub, in fact anything that will hold water and that
is big enough for at least one person’s head to fit in to
2. Place the containers on a table that is sturdy enough not to wobble
3. Fill it about ¾ full of cool water (not hot and not cold – just cool)
4. Add the apples. Put in enough so that the tub is quite full but not
so full that the apples don't move
5. Players put their hands behind their backs and gets 20 seconds to
grab as many apples as possible with their teeth
6. The person who grabs most apples in the 20 seconds is the winner
7. Have plenty of towels to hand for people to dry off.

Bake Up Something Spooky!

 

If you would like a centrepiece for your Halloween feast then a
decorated cake would be ideal. Here are some ideas...

The first video shows how to create a pumpkin cake, You will need:

4 sponge cakes (2 x small and 2 x big)

Butter icing to sandwich the cakes together.

Orange, black and green fondant icing or sugarpaste with which
to cover the cake.

Jam to stick the sugarpaste to the cake.

The next video is a Halloween cake topper guide. You'll need a little bit of
skill/patience for some of these ideas because you need to model the
sugarpaste in to various shapes such as a witches hat or a cat but they look so
beautiful it's worth giving it a go.

Finally, this is more advanced cake decorating idea – an entire graveyard
scene! The video is quite long (33 minutes) and you will need some basic
cake decorating equipment such as a cake decorating turntable and a side
scraper
but even if you don't reproduce the entire cake you may still want to
produce a more basic version taking some of the main elements.

Another perfect treat for the trick-a-treaters are scary Halloween
shaped biscuits. Use whatever Halloween cookie cutters you fancy
such as witch, spider, cat, bat or pumpkin. Use any basic biscuit recipe
you like but something simple like shortbread or melting moments will
work well. When the biscuits have cooled, roll out some orange or black
sugarpaste
and using the same cutters you used for your biscuits cut
out some sugarpaste and cover the top of the biscuit.

and finally ...dont forget your haloween costume!

Of course, no Halloween would be complete without a costume.
While an old sheet is always a good fall back here is a guide to
creating your own simple bat costume

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