With the spooky season almost upon us here are a few ideas for an autumnal celebration and a Green Hallowe’en. Most are crafty and some are gruesome, so there should be something to please all the little witches, pint sized demons and their ghoulish parents.
- Tell ghost stories by torchlight.
- Make green ooze from a playdough recipe
- Decorate old paper bags and fill them with goodies.
- Treat yourselves to some toffee apples
- Cut a hole in a cardboard box, and fill it with gruesome stuff for people to put their hand in and feel (a carrot for a finger, a boiled egg for an eyeball, you get the idea).
- Play conkers.
- Hang apples and play the trying to bite them game.
- Decorate the house with garlands of threaded autumn leaves.
- Dig out some old clothes, use your imagination and make your own Hallowe’en costumes.
- Arrange a pile of squash and pumpkins at the front door or on the centre of the dinner table as decorations. Have them for dinner in November.
- Cut out bats and ghouls from old bed sheets and clothing for great reusable decorations
- Use an old hat and some wool or cloth strips to make a wig
- Make barm brack. There’s good recipe here. For those of you not from Ireland pumpkin pie or whatever is your traditional autumnal fare will do.
- Glue different types of nuts together to make little nut people ornaments.
- Dip fruit and dried fruit in chocolate for yummy treats.
- Bob for apples in a basin of water.
- Have fun with papier-mâché. A balloon, flour, water, old newspapers = two masks to decorate.
- Make a Hallowe’en tree. Decorate a tree in your garden or an old branch with little cloth ghosts and ghouls.
- Make scary hands by decorating an old pair of gloves with claws or extra fingers.
- Go out to the composter and cover yourself in worms and spiders before you answer the door to little kids (suggested by my husband – little boys never do grow up).
Have fun and mind the monsters……….