I was never really a great fan of Halloween but as I’ve had two very enthusiastic fun loving “boys” I’ve begun to love it . Every year seems to bring with it more spooky ness, fun and a lovely way to embrace Autumn and all it’s glorious colors.
I decorate branches in the hall as I do at Christmas , the boys make decorations and we buy mini skeletons , spiders & ghosts to hang also . They especially love the glo in the dark ones ! Spider webs for outside , you can find great ones that seem to pull forever in Dealz.
Pumpkins seem to be every where and really big ones and the cute mini gorges. Gorgeous used as table decorations or on your mantle, with some rustic leaves. Japanese maple are stunning now, beautiful burnt reds and rusts. I love adding some sprigs of fallen chestnuts too !
Halloween treats are a must , trying to steer them away from all the sugar goodies at the supermarket is a challenge so I get them making their own. Cookies and cup cakes are great and they can get as creative as they like ! Hours of fun and peace for Mum ! Pick up some bat , ghost and finger shaped cutters and lots of colored icing and edible decorations. Super valu have a great new range and all good cook shops.
I use a short bread base for the cookies or you can use a cookie dough.
Short bread for cookies .
225g cold butter.
110g vanilla caster sugar.
225g plain flour.
110g rice or corn flour.
Pre heat oven 170oc.
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until the mixture comes together . Do not over mix or the cookies will be tough in texture.
Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 mins.
Roll out to the thick ness or a 2 e coin , cut into shapes using your cookie cutters. Place on prepared baking sheets and chill for 15 mins.
Place in pre heated oven and bake until “very “lightly golden . Cool on a wire rack before decorating.
Happy Halloween !!