Unique Halloween Sweets & Treats for Trick or Treaters

Halloween night is less than two weeks away so now is the time to stock up on trick or treat sweets and candy to hand out on the big night. You could just be like everybody else and give out lollipops and haribo but if you want to be a little different, there are some really cool and unusual options for Halloween sweets this year.

Glow in the Dark Pumpkin Pops

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buy1._V192240163_These are no ordinary lollipops – just bend the stick to make it glow in the dark. Kids love anything that glows in the dark and they’re extra fun at Halloween.

Harry Potter Chocolate Frogs

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buy1._V192240163_Halloween sweets don’t have to be gross or scary. These chocolate frogs, just like the ones Harry ate on the way to Hogwarts, are actually rather sweet and come with a wizard trading card.

Cadbury Screme Eggs

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buy1._V192240163_You no longer have to wait until Easter to enjoy Cadbury Creme eggs! These ‘screme’ eggs taste just the same but they have a green middle, making them a spooky treat for Halloween.

Crunchy Chocolate Spiders

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buy1._V192240163_Another great Halloween treat from Cadbury.These chocolate spiders have green crunchy bits, look amazing and taste delicious.

Toxic Waste Sour Sweets

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buy1._V192240163_These ‘hazardously sour’ sweets are great to put in Halloween gift bags or give out to trick or treaters.

Insect Lollipops

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buy1._V192240163_These fruit flavour lollipops include a selection of edible bugs including ants, a worm, scorpion and cricket. Perfect for freaking out trick or treaters!

Frankenstein Fudge

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buy1._V192240163_This fudge is just like normal fudge – it tastes delicious but has added worms! Give this out on Halloween night and they probably won’t even notice the worms in the dark until they get home!

Day of The Dead Chocolates

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These pastel chocolates with edible glitter are almost too pretty to eat! They’re made from Belgian chocolate and provide a delicious and luxurious treat for only your favourite trick or treaters. Get them from Not on The High Street.

Another Uk Pumpkin Shortage for 2015?

As I mentioned in the jack-o-lantern carving post, there was a nationwide shortage of pumpkins last year, causing many kids to be disappointed in the run-up to Halloween.

Well, according to news hot off the press, we’re in for another pumpkin shortage this year due to heavy rain in August which damaged the crops. In fact the supply of pumpkins this year is only about half the usual yield.

Although pumpkins suppliers have said this year that they hope to meet demand, it probably means that pumpkins in supermarkets will be a little more expensive this year. Most pumpkins are sold in the week before Halloween so don’t panic if you haven’t got yours yet but it might be a good idea to get them before the price goes up! The cheapest pumpkins around this year are currently at Morrisons for only 50p per pumpkin and they should be fine until Halloween night as long as you keep them in a cool dark place and don’t carve them until the day before. So get your cheap pumpkins while you can!

If you’re one of those people who stock up on things while they’re cheap, you might end up with a few extra pumpkins. So what to do with all that pumpkin leftover from carving? Get cooking!

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10 Spooky Halloween Cocktail Recipes

If you’re hosting a Halloween party for grown-ups, you’ll want to make the night go with a bang with the addition of some creepy alcoholic beverages that are delicious as well as scary.

Once you’ve chosen your drinks, don’t forget to display them in an imaginative way. The addition of something like this creepy skull ice bucket can transform even ordinary drinks into something spooky:

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buy1._V192240163_Also check out our post on Halloween table decorations for some serving ideas and creepy looking Halloween food to create the ultimate Halloween buffet.

1. Halloween Punch

You can customise this creepy cocktails to your own tastes and add as much vodka as you dare. Don’t serve this one if there will be kids at your party – the gummi worms are very enticing!

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  • 500ml cranberry juice
  • 1.5 litres lemonade
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • large handful gummi worms
  • Vodka to taste

Recipe credit: BBC food

2. Bloody Mary

This classic cocktail is the ideal choice for Halloween and you can easily make virgin versions for non-drinkers.

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  • 2 Ice cubes
  • Double shot of vodka
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 dashes Tobasco sauce
  • 150ml tomato juice
  • pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper

Recipe credit : BBC food

3. Blood Orange shots

These novelty cocktails look great on your Halloween table and can be prepared and refrigerated over night. For the full effect, you’ll need to buy some test-tubes for serving.

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Recipe credit: Martha Stewart

4. Bleeding Heart Martini

The ‘bleeding heart’ in this cocktail is made from a pickled beetroot speared with a cocktail stick and looks very realistic! This recipe makes 4 glasses.

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  • 60ml dry vermouth
  • 250ml gin
  • Ice cubes
  • 4 pickled baby beetroots

Recipe credit: Martha Stewart

5. Martini with Lychee eyeballs

Use the basic martini recipe above and substitute the beetroot heart with an ‘eyeball’ made from tinned lychees stuffed with a cranberry or blueberry

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Recipe credit: Martha Stewart

6. Down The Abyss

This spooky looking cocktail gets its look from the addition of black vodka, which is a great drink to have in your Halloween drinks cabinet. If you don’t want to get too complicated when you’re creating cocktails, just mix it with fruit juice or soda for a creepy alcoholic beverage.

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Recipe credit: Blavod Vodka

7. Brain Haemorrhage

This disgusting looking cocktail actually looks like a brain floating in a glass and this effect is created by curdling Irish cream by adding it to schnapps. It may look horrible but it tastes pretty good!

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  • 30 ml peach schnapps
  • 1 tsp Baileys Irish Cream
  • 2 drops grenadine

Recipe credit: Food.com

8. Witches Brew

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  • 60 ml midori
  • 30ml vodka
  • 15ml triple sec
  • 15ml lime juice
  • 3 strawberries

Recipe credit: Cosmopolitan

9. Corpse Reviver

This cocktail was actually invented as a hangover cure but with the amount of alcohol it includes, I’m not sure I’d want to try it! Anyway, it looks suitably spooky enough for Halloween.CorpseReviver1

  • 7ml gin
  • 7ml triple sec
  • 7ml vermouth
  • 7ml lemon juice
  • Glass rinsed in absinthe

Recipe credit: Boozenik

10. Drunken Spider

Yes this cocktail looks exactly like a giant spider has drowned in a glass of blood. Perfect for Halloween!

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  • 2 parts creme de cassis
  • 3 parts vodka
  • 1 part triple sec
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1 part pomegranate juice
  • liquorice strings

Recipe credit: Talk of Tomatoes

Halloween Food Ideas and Recipes for a Spooky Party

One of the most fun parts of planning a Halloween party is the food. Whether you’re hosting a party for kids or grownups, it’s a great opportunity to let your imagination run wild and come up with some crazy food ideas that look gruesome but taste delicious

Spider cakes

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Witches brew

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Toffee apples

toffee-applesA Halloween classic, no party is complete without toffee apples. This also provides a fun activity if you allow the kids to decorate their own apples. See Good To Know for the full recipe


 

Sausage and Pumpkin Casserole

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Witches Hat biscuits

Halloween-recipes-witchs-hatThese Halloween biscuits look impressive but are actually really easy to make and are constructed simply from digestive biscuits and ice cream cones. See Good To Know for the full recipe.


 

Marshmallow Ghosts

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Sausage Mummies

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Scary Halloween Jelly

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Eyeball Pops

recipe-image-legacy-id--1095456_10A creepy version of the cake pops that have become so popular in recent years. The kids will love these and they’re a lot easier to make than they look – you just need a pre-packaged cake, oreo cookies, and chocolate and smarties to decorate. See BBC Good Food for the full recipe.