Halloween baking and crafting fun
Autumn half term is looming and the days are getting shorter. Activities for kids are always tricky as winter approaches, so we’ve put together some fun, festive ideas to enjoy at home together!
Halloween recipes for half term
Half term baking activities are a fantastic way to spend a rainy day. We have created some terrifyingly scrummy recipes with a fun Halloween baking twist that will bring a smile to any rainy day. If you can’t get out and about, make some Chocolate Fudge Devil cakes for the family to enjoy…
Or maybe invite some friends over and make these simple ghoulish ghosts for everyone to enjoy….
For a fun family pudding try our delicious Chocolate Gravestone Pudding – it truly is death by chocolate!
Or one of our favourites, chocolate orange truffles!!
We have lots more festive recipes available on the website – just follow this link and scroll down to the Halloween recipes.
Our October baking kit is a delicious Chocolate Beetroot Brownie Cake which is guaranteed to bring a smile – just look at this cute picture sent in by one of our big cooks! If you would like to order this kit, just follow this link.
Finally, if you want a last-minute easy baking activity head down to your local Boots high street store and snap up one of our Limited Edition Chocolate Caramel Bites Boxes – they are really yummy and guaranteed to keep the family entertained this half term.
Autumn and Halloween decorations
Here are some fun crafting ideas for things you can do at home together:
Milk Carton Ghosts
Simply take a plastic milk carton (2 litre works well) and draw a spooky face with a sharpie pen (or equivalent). Cut a hole in the back of the carton and put battery powdered LED lights or a tealight candle inside, a battery powered one ideally as it can melt the carton if it’s too near the edge! Weigh it down with some stones and place round the front of your house.
Tin Can Monsters
Let your little cook get all creative with these Tin Can Monsters. If you’re having a mini Halloween party, set them up as a spooky coconut shy and let your children roll mini pumpkins or squashes to knock them down!
What you need:
- Tin cans
- Googly eyes (or coloured paper)
- Optional other decorations (glitter, pipe cleaners, stickers etc)
How to make:
- Paint the tin can with whatever colour your little cook wants
- Stick on the eyes or draw on mouth, nose and eyes with a sharpie pen.
- We like to use pipe cleaners for arms – you’ll need to make a hole in the side of the can with a metal skewer.
They also make great table decorations or lined up along a path to scare the postman
Autumn Conker Wreath
On your next Autumn walk collect sticks, leaves and conkers! You can turn them into a beautiful Autumn wreath to display on your front door. Baker Ross offer wreath backings for a reasonable price: https://www.bakerross.co.uk/rattan-wreaths
Wax Paper Lanterns
We included this craft in one of our recent kits. They are so fun and easy to make – you just need some wax paper, autumnal leaves and an iron!
Fold a piece of wax paper in half, place some leaves in the middle and then pop a tea towel over the top of it and iron flat (making sure the wax side of the paper is on the inside!). Make 4 sides, cellotape them together into a lantern and then light up with a tea light or battery powered candle to avoid the risk of setting fire to the lantern! You can also decorate the inside of the wax paper with crayon shavings – it makes a beautiful kaleidoscope of colours!
Preserve the beautiful colours of Autumn in a leaf display! Find the most vibrant and in tact leaves you can, melt some beeswax (lots of options available online but this is the one we use – 100-200 grams should be plenty) in a bowl above a saucepan of boiling water, dip the leaves in the melted wax and allow to dry on a piece of parchment.
Once dry, assemble your display by tying the ends of the leaves onto pieces of string and attaching the other ends of the string to a long piece of wood or to a piece of twine and hang the display across the top of a window or to decorate your house.