October 31 is Halloween.
Time to get into the ghastly, ghostly and grizzly things that go bump in the night! Have fun with some of these ideas.
Carve a halloween pumpkin
Jack-O-Lanterns are lots of fun! Add a flickering light and watch the eyes dance. They are easy to carve too.
Enjoy this video that shows you how
Spider web windows
Using wool, curling ribbon or string weave your own web over windows for a spooky spider touch. Add a few big plastic spiders but don't scare yourself when you forget and open the windows!
Gutsy guessing game
This is a huge hit. The object of this game is for the player to their hand inside the box without looking to guess what's inside. Will it be 'cold, wet intestines', 'battered brains' or 'dead man's fingers'? Perhaps it's a spider, rat or even vampire blood!
Collect some boxes that you can close up easily once you've out your object inside. Cut a hole in the side just big enough to be able to put your hand in to feel whatever is inside. Adding a cloth over the hand entrance hole helps to hide the object inside. Altternatively put your object in a bowl and cover with a cloth.
Inside your box or bowl you can have your 'object'. Will your player be brave enough to reach in and touch the unknown item?
Here are some suggestions:
Make a Mummy
This game is played in pairs. One player is the 'mummy' the other player (or players) are the mummy makers.
Give the mummy maker/s a roll of white toilet paper to wrap their mummy with leaving the eyes, nose and mouth uncovered. The first player/group to make their mummy, wins.
Tangled spider web
Players stand in a circle. The first player tosses a ball of wool across to a player on the opposite side. That player holds onto the wool so it is stretched out between them and the first player and then tosses it to another player. Each player does the same thing until a big black spider web is made.
Tasty Chipolata sausages wrapped in pastry make great treats for hungry little monsters!
Cook the Chiplata's then wrap in strips of ready made pastry. Lightly brush with milk then bake in the oven until golden.
A traditional italian salad now has an evil counterpart. Baby bocchini cheese is great for goggly eyes with olive slice eyes and a caper pupil. Larger bocchini is excellent when accented with basil eye brows.
Gruesome graveyard hand
Fresh, fun and easy to make. Cut strips of carrot as fingers and arrange in either dip or humus. Use the dip or humus to attach slithered almond as nails and you have a handy little snack!
Rotting teeth that are actually good for you!
Red or green or a mix of both, these chattering teeth are lots of fun. Cut slices of apple and using a sharp knife make slits around the inside of the lips (the side with the skin on he edge of it). These will be the slots where you can insert the almond slither teeth. I made the holes first as the slithers are quite fragile and it ensured I didn't break them when I slotted the teeth in.