It hardly seems possible, but summer is officially over and with both Halloween and Bonfire night fast approaching, here are a few ideas to keep everyone happy
Halloween wouldn’t be the same without getting creative and a little messy carving pumpkins!
Instead of buying one from your local supermarket, why not make a day of it?
There are loads of places up and down the country that will, for the price of your chosen pumpkin, allow you to choose and pick your own. So, put your wellies on and get into the fields!
Then, all that’s left to do is to choose your scary face design and get carving. Once the pumpkins are carved, place outside with a flickering candle inside and wait to scare any visitors you may have.
Enjoyed by all ages, apple bobbing has been a traditional Halloween game for centuries. It requires nothing more than a large tub of water and lots of apples. Oh, and not forgetting, a group of people who are brave enough to soak their faces in cold water!
A game not for the faint hearted, but a great activity for your own Halloween party – or just a little fun with your family.
A bonfire night party
Bonfire night is the perfect excuse to get your family and friends together for a mug of hot chocolate, marshmallow toasting and, if possible, a bonfire. However, if you’re not keen on the idea of a bonfire in your back garden, an outdoor log burning stove or firepit are great alternatives. These mini bonfires will not only keep your guests warm but are also a great way to toast those marshmallows. Make sure your guests are kept cosy and warm by bringing out old blankets and cushions. Then watch the fireworks display or tell ghost stories around the fire.
Trick or treat
There wouldn’t be a Halloween list without of course mentioning the most important part of Halloween: trick or treating! Although originally an American tradition, in recent years it has been adopted by us Brits. We can’t think of a better excuse to get out the face paints, find the spookiest costumes and terrorise your neighbourhood for sweets!
You could always create your own Halloween costume or even a spooky Halloween mask to scare your neighbours. A fantastic way to save some cash and to have some fun at the same time. If you’re stuck for ideas there are many helpful tips found online, such as https://www.diyncrafts.com/30637/ fashion/20-easy-creative-diy-halloweenmasks-kids-adults.
If your children are a little too young for trick or treating this year, you can always decorate the house, dress up and have fun handing out sweets to the witches and zombies knocking on your door. Again, homemade decorations can be a fantastic way to keep the kids busy and to save on costs. Remember to stock up on sweets!
Another fun and creative way to entertain the kids this Halloween, is to don the apron and get baking. There are many imaginative recipes and ideas to be found online: such as scarily good cupcakes and how to make the perfect Halloween toffee apple. You can find these and other recipes on websites such as https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/ collection/Halloween
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