Kids get really excited for Halloween, but it can be a bit of a nightmare for parents. There’s all that left-over pumpkin, the threat of face paint and kids hyped up on far too much sugar. So, before the madness starts, take a step back and think about how to face some of the biggest problems.
Use leftovers to create ghoulish dishes
With the shops full of Halloween food, expect to be pestered by the little ones for all of it. Turn to the leftovers in your fridge and cupboards to come up with some creative alternatives. Meringue ghosts made from leftover egg whites always go down well and toffee apples from the fruit that’s been hanging around all week will be a sure-fire hit.
Have a go at making super easy ghostly mini cheesecake bites with stuff you’re bound to already have in the house. Eats Amazing shows you how to do it with just four ingredients and you can keep the little devils busy by getting them to add the eyes.
Easy ways to decorate the house
It must be so great for Morticia Addams, as 0001 Cemetery Lane looks spooky all year round, but for the rest of us it’s not so easy. You want simple Halloween decorations that can be removed straight after October 31 that will not leave any mess behind. We’re talking paper bats hanging from the lights, Halloween bunting that you can use again next year and mini pumpkins decorated with marker pen jack-o’-lantern faces.
Try making some glittery spiders’ webs with this tutorial from the Purple Pumpkin Blog. Since they are for sticking to the windows, they work twice as hard as other decorations because they can be seen from the outside and the inside.
We know we sound like the fun police, but it’s a good idea to try and limit how many sweets your kids eat at Halloween. The trick is to dress up healthier alternatives so they look just as tempting as all the shop-bought junk. Make individual jelly cups and pack them full of raspberries or oranges or make ghost pops by putting a lolly stick in half a banana and adding eyes.
If you’re not going to get away with giving them entirely fruit-based sweets, try making some popcorn balls. This recipe from Hungry by Nature sneaks in a few healthy ingredients, but we promise they won’t notice as your little ghouls gobble them up.
So, the kids have scooped out the pumpkin and done a pretty good job of making a scary face on the front, but you’re left with the task of using up all those bright orange innards. If you’re not used to cooking with pumpkin, it can be a bit of a minefield. There’s pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup and pumpkin cake. You can even honey roast the seeds for a delicious crunchy snack, so that nothing is wasted.
Another way to eat up that pumpkin is by turning it into hummus, because everyone loves hummus, right? This recipe from Lazy Cat Kitchen is so good, you’ll be saving the hummus for the adults once the gremlins have gone to bed.
They said a week ago that they weren’t bothered about Halloween or they’d decided to wear something from the dressing box, then suddenly they change their mind. This nightmare situation can see stressed parents sitting at the sewing machine for hours, so be sure to have a quick alternative up your sleeve.
Dressing up as Harry Potter or one of his friends is easy with this Pieces by Polly robe. She insists it only takes 15 minutes to make from an old T-shirt and they can even wear their school uniforms underneath.