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.
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!
- 10 Best Pumpkin Recipes from The Guardian
- Pumpkin Recipes from BBC Good Food
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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:
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 37ml blood orange juice
- 6 tbspn Solerno liqueur
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.
- 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
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.
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!
- 30 ml peach schnapps
- 1 tsp Baileys Irish Cream
- 2 drops grenadine
Recipe credit: Food.com
8. Witches Brew
This layered cocktail looks impressive and tastes delicious
- 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.
- 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!
- 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
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
A fun recipe that the kids will love to help make. These are simple fairy cakes decorated with chocolate, white chocolate buttons and red liquorice laces. See netmums for the full recipe
This pea and bacon soup is fun and tasty but also really healthy and a good way to get some veggies into kids that might otherwise avoid anything green. You can make this at any time of the year but it’s a really warming and extra spooky recipe at Halloween! See BBC Good Food for the full recipe
A 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
This filling recipe is a good way to use up left over pumpkin from your jack-o-lantern carving and is popular with the whole family. See BBC Food for the full recipe
Witches Hat biscuits
These 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.
These are really fun little Halloween sweets that you can get the kids to help make. They look great but are super quick and easy to make. See Parenting.com for the full recipe.
A spooky twist on a classic recipe! kids and adults alike will love this Halloween sausage rolls and they’re easy to make with a pack of readymade shortcrust pastry. See Good To Know for the full recipe
Scary Halloween Jelly
This would make an amazing centerpiece for your Halloween party. It looks hard to make but is easily created with fruit, marizpan and a bit of pipe-on icing. See BBC Good Food for the full recipe.
A 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.