September is here and that means Halloween is just around the corner. If you are like us and you love an excuse to decorate and celebrate, we want to share with you some amazing ideas you’ll want to do during the Halloween season.
Halloween is not only a great time for scares and pranks, but it is also an opportunity to head out for a holiday, make some fun treats, and host a party or two at your house.
Today we are going to take a look at some of the different ways that you can enjoy the Halloween season in all of its glory and make the absolute most out of the next month or two.
Make bonfire toffee
You might think of bonfire toffee as only for bonfire night, however this gorgeous treacle treat is also brilliant for giving out when trick or treaters come around for Halloween. You can make this simple treat easily and it will be a fun activity to enjoy on afternoon.
- 450g dark brown sugar
- 125ml hot water
- 115g treacle
- 115g golden syrup
- ¼ tsp cream of tartar
- Oil for greasing
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and oil it.
- In a saucepan, add your sugar and water and allow the sugar to dissolve without stirring the mixture.
- Once dissolved, add the treacle, golden syrup and cream of tartar and place a sugar thermometer in the pan.
- Bring to the boil and boil until you reach 140C. This should take around 30 minutes.
- Once the temperature is reached. Pour into the waiting tin and allow to cool completely.
- Once cooled, remove from the tin and crack into bite size pieces. You can store these in an airtight tin for a few days.
Go for a last minute trip
Looking for a fun way to spruce up your Halloween? Head to Harry Potter world for a Halloween trip. You can start your application online for a visa and get yourself down to Harry Potter world to enjoy a good mug of butterbeer, some fun rides, as well as everything you could ever want from the Hogwarts trolley. This will be a great way to spend time with the kids and it will get everyone into the Halloween spirit.
Tell ghost stories
One way to spend an evening in the garden this Halloween is to set up a picnic blanket, some candles and pumpkins, and pillows to sit on. You can grab some sweets and snacks and sit around in a circle as you each tell a spooky story to try and creep out everyone else. This can be a super fun and scary activity and could be a great idea for a kids sleepover during the Halloween season.
Visit a pumpkin patch
What could be more festive this Halloween than visiting a pumpkin patch in your local area? Farmers work all summer to get pumpkins ready for fall, and they will have some amazing pieces on display that you can pick and turn into Jack o lanterns or a nice pumpkin pie. Enjoy the festivity and pick a whole bunch of pumpkins to take home and use for your Halloween celebrations.
Make a Jack o lantern
One way to spend your afternoon with the family this Halloween is to set up a table where you can all carve and decorate your own pumpkins for the occasion. Jack o lanterns are super fun to make at home and you can have a little family competition to see who can make the best design on their pumpkin in the afternoon. You can then put these all on display around your house with some LED candles that are safe for kids and pets and will warm up the whole house!
Make toffee apples
Making a toffee apple for Halloween is something that you can get the kids involved in, and as well as the traditional red coloured ones you could also make things a whole lot spookier with some black coloured apples that scream Halloween.
- 400g caster sugar
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- 100ml water
- 8 apples
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Red or black food colouring
- 8 strong lollipop sticks or skewers
- Stab the skewers or lollipop sticks through the stalk end of each apple and make sure they are secure.
- Add sugar, water, and lemon juice into a saucepan and heat up. Don’t stir the sugar, but swirl the pan around to help mix it as the sugar dissolves.
- Once the sugar has dissolved add the golden syrup and bring to the boil. The aim is to reach 150C so use a thermometer if you have one.
- You can test without a thermometer by dropping a small amount into a glass of cold water – if it hardens immediately and is brittle – it’s ready.
- Take off the heat and add your colouring – swirling to mix.
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment and grease with some oil
- Dip your apples into the toffee and swirl around to coat. Place onto the baking sheet to cool.
Make a pumpkin spiced latte
What’s better than a regular latte? A pumpkin spiced latte of course! For this simple recipe you’ll be using some spices infused in milk to give the latte a fun fall kick.
- 400ml milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- ½ tsp cloves
- 1 tbsp coffee
- 1 tbsp sugar (or more to taste)
- Whipped cream
- In a pan, add your milk and spices and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Taste to make sure you can taste the pumpkin spices. Once happy, remove the cloves.
- Add coffee and sugar to the milk and heat until dissolved.
- Serve in a mug with whipped cream.
Go for a hayride
Halloween is the ideal time to head to a spooky farm and enjoy some of the fall activities they have. As well as picking pumpkins from a patch you can also enjoy a hayride around the farm and this can be a great way to spend an afternoon.
Host a dinner party
Halloween is the ideal time to invite your friends and family round for a dinner party. You can make Halloween themed cupcakes, hang up string lights, and serve spooky colour changing cocktails with Empress gin. Decorate the home with spiderwebs and pumpkins and make a feast that is Halloween themed and fun for everyone!
Speaking of cupcakes – these are so easy to make and they will make the best decoration for your Halloween event.
- 110g self raising flour
- 110g butter
- 110g sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 12 marshmallows
- Black icing pen
- Preheat the oven to 190C and fill a cupcake tin with Halloween themed cases.
- Cream together sugar and butter until light and creamy.
- Add your egg and vanilla extract and mix until fluffy.
- Fold in the flour and mix.
- Scoop into the cupcake cases and bake for 15-18 minutes until the cake springs up as you touch it.
- Cool completely.
- Scoop out the top of each cupcake and add a small spoonful of Nutella. Add a marshmallow on top of each cupcake.
- Place the cupcakes back in the oven for 2-3 minutes until the marshmallows start to rise a little bit.
- Cool and then use a black icing pen to draw ghost faces onto each marshmallow.
Enjoy your Halloween the right way by using some of these fun ideas this season. You’ll be able to make some amazing memories and enjoy the season in all of its glory.