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There’s nothing wrong with a traditionally-carved pumpkin, but for a quick-win you could instead turn your pumpkin into these adorable owls. They last a lot longer than their hollowed-out cousins too.
They look best with brown fuzzy-felt, but brown paper works almost as well. Make a leaf-shaped template for the wings, and glue them to a wing-shaped piece of black paper before glueing that to the pumpkin. Beak and Eyes are easy-peasy. In the picture here someone’s even painted their pumpkin black, which looks pretty cool.
We do like a carved pumpkin, and we’re selling these carving sets which work remarkably well. As well as the tools in the picture, they come with stencils so you really can produce a lantern-pumpkin with a properly scary face without too much trial-and-error. Highly recommended unless you have years of experience. £2.99 each.
This is a brilliant idea for something to do with your old egg-boxes. Use a pair of scissors to chop out three egg-cups and simply paint it black.
You may want to make the wings a bit more bat-like round the base, but really there’s little more to it than that. A couple of googly-eyes and a ribbon, and you have yourself a satisfyingly scary Halloween flying bat!
We’ve still got a few of these giant Witch Pintatas left. You don’t have to smash them to smithereens in the usual fashion – they make excellent decorations and ours comes out year after year. She’s £12.99.
(We’ve also got Frankenstein, Dracula and various Pumpkin pinatas too!)
If you’re likely to have a visit from trick-or-treaters, you can make these sweet boxes and dare your visitors to put their hand in! (If they’re under nine they’ll find it quite thrilling. If they’re teenagers you may just want to bribe them with cash.)
Anyway, they’re made from tissue-boxes and egg-cups, and they’re brilliant fun to make. You just need some white card for the teeth, and lots of paint for a truly scary body. Give your monster sweet-boxes as many eyes as you think a monster should have too.
Pop some sweets inside and some dramatic lighting should ensure a scream-worthy time for anyone risking their hand in the jaws of these monsters.
You’ll need something to serve up all your tasty Halloween snacks (and if you need some inspiration, do please look at our previous Snacks and Nibbles Ideas post.)
These smashing card Party Platters are part of the Happy Halloween range, and are just £3.00 for a pack of two.
This idea is so simple yet perfect for Halloween night – a Tub of Edible Halloween Worms! You just need a pack of straws (preferably the bendy ones), snag an elastic band around them, pop them in a pint glass, and poor in the hot jelly mixture.
Pop the straws in the fridge overnight (not the freezer!). Because the jelly shrinks a little as it cools, it’s actually pretty easy to get them out, but if they don’t slip out easily just give the straw a little pinch until the worm’s head pokes out and then you can draw him out. Failing that, a rolling pin works just as well.
You end up with a bowl of remarkably realistic worms. Never fails to impress, especially when offered to pesky trick-or treaters!
There’s all sorts of things you can do with those old paper plates at the back of your cupboard. Pipe-cleaners make excellent spiders-legs, for instance. But we love this idea to turn your plate into a ghoulish ghost!
It’s an excellent way of getting rid of any tissue-paper too – and you can compete to see who can make the scariest face of all!
If you don’t have white plates, don’t worry – just use the backs of the ones you do have, they’re usually white already.
This is one of our favourite Halloween costumes. We’ve got a great range this year, from Skeletons to Ghosts, Witches to Owls, plus a Hogwarts Robe for proto-wizards.
It’s just over two weeks to Halloween, and we’re quickly running down our stock now so please don’t delay if you think you might want something. If you’re feeling really prepared, you could take a look at our Christmas sectionas well and get all your bits and pieces purchased in one go!
A quick reminder that it’s now only three weeks till Halloween and Bonfire Night! We’ve still got some amazing products that will create a magical night of chills and thrills. Plus, a discount voucher for all everyone on our email list.
So, first off is this great idea to make your pizza a little bit more spooktacular. (Yes, we really are going to use words like ‘spooktacular’, we only get one chance a year.) You’ll need some Mozzarella, and when the pizza comes out of the oven piping hot, some well-placed pepper-corns will turn the white blobs into instant cheesy-ghouls.As a bonus idea, you can turn olives into spiders too. Some Rosemary leaves make ideal legs, and you can use a toothpick if you’re feeling really keen. Since an olive-loving child is a rarity, scoff these yourself.
Next up, it’s our own Trick or Treat Halloween Cupcake Cases & Picks – Cupcakes are so easy, and some sprinkly decorations make them a serious contender for food-of-the-night. Each pack is £3.50 and you get one hundred cases in the pack, half with a bat design and half with a ghost design, plus these delightfully cheerful pumpkin toothpicks.
This one’s a really imaginative use of sausage rolls – roll out your pastry in the normal way, but a nifty bit of crimping will ensure that they take on the appearance of little ghosts, of the sort that used to pursue Pac-Man.For eyes, chop up a red pepper into a square and pop it in the pastry before you put the sausage roll into the oven.These are one of our favourite ideas, and keep everyone toasty-warm on a cold evening.
Of course you’ll want something to server all these goodies on – we’ve still got a few of these excellent Happy Halloween Party Platters which are a generous twelve inches each side, and deep enough to keep most things slipping off! They’re £3.00 for a pack of two.We’ve got plenty more Halloween Tableware and Servingware ideas for all your tasty treats.
This one’s not really a food one, but if you’ve managed to get your hands on a few pumpkins and really can’t face the mess and bother of scooping them out, turn them into Horribly Horrifying Spiders with the aid of a couple of eyes and some suitable branches.
(He’s not really very scary at all!)
If you’re planning on a little trick-or-treating, or just fancy something different to the normal gift bags, we’ve got these Creepy Cauldrons with a generous 12cm diameter, big enough to stuff with healthy, tasty snacks. Or sweets. It’ll probably be sweets. Just £2.50 each.
Really pushed for time? Think Halloween’s a slightly odd festival to be celebrating anyway and think Bonfire Night about a far better festival? Grab a black-marker and turn your bag of Satsumas into truly scary tiny-pumpkins. You can actually give one to all the children in your child’s class with about two minutes of effort – everyone’s a winner!
Sometimes spending hours with tissue paper, scissors and glue is not what you want to be doing, so we’ve saved you some of the effort with these super Pumpkin Tissue Paper Garlands. They’re a good 2.5m long, and just £2.99 each.
And last, but not least, the perennial Zombie Gingerbread Men. In fact, Gingerbread Men provide enormous scope for being truly macabre, with missing limbs, heads and other features.
They’re great fun to make and decorate with small children, who usually delight in competing to mutilate their particular victim in the most unpleasant way possible.
We hope you’ve enjoyed some of these ideas, and have a very splendid Halloween.
We recentlyblogged about a great idea we were sent for a super-easy Halloween Decoration idea – and best of all it’s completely free!
You can probably get the idea how to make these Leaf-Ghosts from the picture, but essentially you need to find some Sycamore leaves, paint them white, makes some eyes, and let them dry! They’re great. We tend to put these things on our Pinterest Boardtoo if you’re a pinner.
Of course we have lots of smashing Halloween Partyware too! We think it’s a fun way to welcome in the dark nights of winter, and worth making a fuss about, with the added bonus of Bonfire Night a few days later too. It’s not too late to get some of our Invitation Cards if you fancy gatting some friends round for some scary stories.
We forgot to put a Birthday in the last newsletter, so today is the 447th birthday of Edward Alleyn the actor. You may well remember his being portrayed by Ben Affleck in Shakespeare in Love – in real life he was exactly like in the film. His enormous fame and wealth allowed him to found two famous schools in Dulwich; later, hopeless monarch James I demanded Alleyn organise a fight between a lion and three dogs, just to see what happened. The lion won which we think most proper, but the King seems to have been a little disappointed.
We’re continuing with our current Discount Voucher too – just use code ABV170 on the basket page and you’ll get 10% off your order.
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