As you know it is that time of year when the ghouls are about and the pumpkins are carved and the kids are off from school, so what can you do with your Little Monster’s this Halloween. I came up with a list of Ten Spooky things to do with your kids this Halloween – enjoy !!
Ten Spooky things to do with your Kids
1. Pick pumpkins and carve them – now I know a few places have sold out of pumpkins but there are still places around the country you can visit and if not get to a supermarket and pick one up – Aldi had them yesterday. As for the carving get yourself a sharp knife and a pattern from somewhere like HERE or for little ones you could try a no carve version like these amazing examples from A Crafty Morning . I particularly like the minions !
2. Make some Mummy cookies – I have written a recipe below for shortbread Mummies with lemon/white chocolate bandages but if you prefer you can leave the chocolate plain.
Ingredients for Lemon Halloween Mummy cookies
For the Icing
- a bar of white cooking chocolate
- Coloured icing for decoration
The How to Bit
Whiz butter and flour in a food processor until mix resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add caster sugar and pulse to combine. Add egg and process until mixture comes together. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 1 minute or until smooth. Divide in half, press into discs, enclose in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 4 baking trays with baking paper. Roll dough out on a floured surface to 4-5mm thick. Using an 8cm gingerbread man cutter, cut shapes from dough and place on trays. Re-roll dough scraps once and cut more shapes. Bake for 8-10 minutes until light golden. Cook in 2 batches. Cool on trays.
Mix icing sugar and lemon juice in a bowl and melt the white chocolate and mix together, then Pipe in lines over the cooled Mummy’s using the coloured icing add eyes and mouths. Leave to set for 1 hour
3. Make your own ooey-gooey slime
Make Ooey Gooey Halloween Slime
You will need
- PVA glue (most kinds of white craft glue will work)
- 2 disposable cups
- Food colouring
- Borax Powder (available at most large grocery stores near the laundry detergent)
- A plastic spoon (for stirring)
- A tablespoon (for measuring)
- Plastic spiders
- plastic pots to store it in
1. Put one tbl spoon Borax in one cup and 2. Add one tbl spoon of the Borax mix you
put about a an inch of glue in a second cup made earlier and watch the magic happen as
mix with 3 tbl spoons of water and your colour you mix it well.
3. Mix in your spiders and put in a plastic pot to store.
4. Make Ghost Muffins from my Menu planning Monday post
5. Make spooky hand decorations for the window
All you need is black craft paper – draw around the kids arms and cut them out.
6. Make Mummy Muffins – the instructions are on my Halloween food ideas page
They are so easy that even my niece who was five when we made them could do it.
7. Make Pumpkin Playdough I have a great recipe here
8. Make up some Halloween treat bags.
You will need
1. paper bags I spotted some in my SuperValu the other day.
2. Stamps and ink or colouring pens
9. Make some Mummy lights to light your Halloween walk .
How to make Halloween Lights
You will need –
- cleaned food jars,
- masking tape
- black paper
- a glue stick.
Cut out face shaped from the black paper and then stick to the jar with glue sticks, using the masking tape wind it around the jars. Simples ! Pop a LED night light inside and they will be cool enough to carry.
10. Learn about the origins of Halloween
Halloween or Samhain started in Ireland 3000 years ago – and an annual torchlight procession takes place on the Hill of Tlachtga in Meath .The Celts believed that this was a time of transition when the veil between our world and the next came down, and the spirits of all who had died since the last Oíche Shamhna (Night of Samhain) moved on to the next life.
One of the main spiritual centres of the ancient Celts was located on top of the hill of Tlachtga, now called the Hill of Ward, one mile east of Athboy, Co. Meath.
The story of the first Halloween festivals
The druids felt that this world and the other world were closest at Tlachtga. It was here on the festival of Samhain that the sacred fire was kindled. It was custom of the Druids to assemble on Tlachtga on the eve of Samhain and that a fire was lit on which offerings were made. All the fires in Ireland were quenched on this night and the men of Ireland were forbidden to relight them except, from the fire of Tlachtga.
Why did the Ancient Irish celebrate Samhain
This was the first day of winter and they felt death was very close. The spirits of the dead returned and appeared to men according to legend. The fires were lit to scare of evil spirits.
You can attend a re-enactment on Halloween where a torchlit procession will once again go up the Hill of Tlachtga and experience the ritual, music, song, storytelling and pageantry.
Check out the website here.
Hope you all have a wonderful fun and safe Halloween 🙂