We may not be able to go out this year – But here are a few different things that can be done on Halloween Night to have a very different Halloween!
Sweet Bar – Pick n Mix
This is my absolute idea of heaven. I really do have a sweet tooth so this is right up my street. One of the great things about Trick or Treating was that you got such a different array of sweets from the different houses. With that in mind head up to your local shop and buy your normal Halloween budget in sweets and crisps – but get one of each different type of sweet and make your very own Pick & Mix stand!
Movie Night with Buttery Popcorn
I know this is what is on the menu in our house. There is always a call for a Movie Night, even though I don’t think we have all ever managed to stay an entire movie as a family. One or two generally slope off to do something else. But get the popcorn on the go and add a little bit of melted butter over the top for that real cinema feel. Maybe even push the boat out and have some Nachos with melted cheese over them!
Bake by Day & Eat at Night
Now what more would a Mam & Dad want to sit down to, more than a lovely cake and a cup of tea. Let the kids go mad in the kitchen and bake a few different treats for later in the evening. Fairy cakes, Rice Crispy Buns or Brownies. I’ll put up a recipe or two before the big day!
Treasure Hunt – Another thing that has been suggested for our house. The adults could hide different sweets around the house or garden and let the kids loose on finding them.
Making Toffee / Chocolate Apples
Here is a Quick How To –
Place the apples in a large bowl, then cover with boiling water. This will remove the waxy coating and help the caramel to stick. Dry thoroughly and twist off any stalks. Push a wooden skewer or lolly pop stick into the stalk end of each apple.
Put the sugar into a pan along with 100ml water and set over a medium heat. Cook for 5 mins until the sugar dissolves, then stir in the vinegar and syrup. Set a sugar thermometer in the pan and boil to 150C or ‘hard crack’ stage. 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.
Working quickly and carefully, dip and twist each apple in the hot toffee until covered, let any excess drip away, then place on baking parchment to harden. You may have to heat the toffee a little if the temperature drops. Leave the toffee to cool before eating.
Old Fashioned Halloween Party Games
This is going to bring some of you back to the good old days!
- Bobbing for apples
- Apple on a string
I remember in our house Dad used to stick coins into the fruit and you had to take those out too – you could make a few bob of a Halloween evening.
Have A Very Different Halloween
One decent thing about Halloween this year is that the adults wont have to freeze their proverbials off standing at the gate while the kids fill their pillowcases to the brim!
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