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Halloween Highlights

6th Oct 2012

Halloween may be known as an American tradition, but it actually dates back to the Celtic Festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and dress in costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. Then all Saints day was created and incorporated some of the traditions of the Samhain and the evening before this day was known as, all hallows eve, which then morphed into Halloween.

So what’s your plan for Halloween? Are you one of those people that just let it slip by? Maybe this Halloween you could make a little highlight of Halloween. If you have got kids, it’s a great excuse to try to freak them out and sit around and tell a few good old fashioned ghost stories. Maybe one of your little one’s birthdays fall around this time? If so, why not make Halloween your party theme?

Check out the Halloween inspired party table below. The ultra talented Debbie Ucar, from Studio cakes created the cake centerpiece using an edible image and orange and black fondants. Debbie also created the cookies with small edible images and the black bows on the bags look so, so cute! The cupcakes are an awesome highlight, the cupcake holders add a classically spooky touch along with the edible image and orange icing (seriously how often do you eat a cupcake with orange icing?)

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The broomstick loot bags were easily created with the help of a shredded brown paper bag and stick, all held together with a black ribbon. The Mummy bottles were easily created, check out the blog entry here for a quick how to lesson. The eyeball punch is a strong mixture of cordial with some decorated ping-pong balls.






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The best thing about Halloween is that you don’t have to go over the top. If you go trick or treating here in Aus, unfortunately not everyone understands what you are doing and it can lead to some awkward moments ‘eek!’ So celebrate however you like, go big or go small, just do something!

Some suggestions are-

  • Carve a pumpkin with your kids, or alternatively a watermelon (It is the season for them!) then light a candle inside and turn off the lights, share some scary stories
  • Get together some lollypops and some black pipe cleaners. Wrap 4 pipe cleaners around the stick of each lollypop and get your kids to make little black faces to stick on the lollypop heads- instant scary spiders! Get your kids to hand them out at school at Halloween.
  • Buy some squid ink spaghetti and make your usual bolognaise sauce – a Halloween twist on the norm!
  • Paint a ping-pong ball like an eyeball, and hide it in your hubbie’s dinner.
  • Invite some of your children’s friends over, ask them to dress up like any character, then have a devilish disco! Make some sweet spooky treats and get down to old school tunes like the ‘time warp’, ‘dancing in the dark’, ‘monster mash’ and ‘ghostbusters’.
  • If you are having a party, cut out some spooky shapes, such as ghosts, witches and twisted tree branches from black paper, then stick it in your window. Fill up the rest of the window with green crepe paper, and all your guests will be greeted by spooky silhouette.
  • Get together some hot dogs and some puff pastry. Cut the puff pastry into thin strips and wrap around hot dogs, instant mummy hot dogs!

Whatever you do have a great Halloween and try to scare at least one person!