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This is Halloween … Aren’t you scared?

30 October 2021

This is Halloween, this is Halloween,
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night …
This is Halloween, red and black, slimey green
Aren’t you scared? …

I can’t think of Halloween without this song from The Nightmare Before Christmas dancing in my head. It is high up among our favourite Halloween films.

We were going to be away and miss it altogether this year, but an unexpected change of plans means that, instead, it is going to be a full weekend of Halloween (Hallowe’en!).

And so, here are a few ideas — to make, to eat, to watch, to read…

I first made a prune spider nine years ago for this carrot cake. (Apparently, then, I didn’t take a photo?) I’ve upped the ante this year with a full attacking cluster (above). Carrot cake always whiffs of Halloween for me, but any cake would be great (the one here is a quince cake!), as long as there is icing.

I love these naturally dyed cookies of the deepest charcoal black. They could be made into any shape of course: bats, cats, rats, hats, …

As you will know by now, when it comes to decorating I prefer simplicity and minimalism (happy to call it indolence), and this RIP chocolate cake was so easy! Using Nigella’s quick almond and olive oil chocolate cake: two cakes baked in loaf tins, one cut in half and positioned around the other in the sign of a cross, some icing sugar sprinkled over a RIP paper cut-out. Voilà!

A few other great ideas from elsewhere:

Mummy sausage plait — can’t wait to make these
Ssslithering sssalad — very clever
Monster feet — so cool!

And there are more films to watch. Our list of indispensables also include It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and The Book of Life, Coco and Spirited Away.

I’ve just discovered the Children’s book club Instagram account showcasing illustrated books, apparently largely from the 1970s (though not only). It currently has a whole flight of books featuring witches!

But first, there are costumes to make(/unearth).

Wishing everyone a ghostly, ghoulish, ghastly Halloween!


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