Posts Tagged ‘halloween kids’

If you have grown your own pumpkins this year now is the time to put them to good use and turn them into fantastic Halloween Lanterns, don’t throw away the lovely orange flesh, use it to make some delicious Mini Halloween Pumpkin Cakes.

Mini Halloween Pumpkin Cakes

  • 250g Pumpkin Flesh (peeled weight)
  • 150g Self-Raising Flour
  • 150g Light Brown Sugar
  • 100g Butter/Margarine
  • 90g Sultanas
  • 1 teaspoon Orange Juice
  • zest of ½ Orange
  • 2 Eggs beaten
  • 2 teaspoons Mixed Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. Line a 12 hole cake tin with paper cases.
  3. Grate the pumpkin flesh.
  4. Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
  5. Melt the butter/margarine in the microwave and then beat in the eggs.
  6. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and mix together.
  7. Add the orange juice, orange zest, sultanas and the grated pumpkin and stir well.
  8. Spoon the mixture into the bun cases.
  9. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and springy. 

The Topping

  • 75g (3oz) Butter/Margarine, softened
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 225g (8oz) Icing Sugar, sifted
  • Few drops of food colouring red/green

Beat together the butter, milk, food colouring and half the sugar to combine, then add the remaining sugar and beat until fluffy.

  1. When the cakes are cool, generously spread them with the topping.
  2. For ‘Snake Stew Cakes’ keep the topping messy and press jelly snakes into it or for
  3. ‘Spooky Spider Cakes’ smooth the topping and add 2 round sweets for eyes and Liquorice Strips or Strawberry Laces for legs.

These cakes make an unusual alternative to sweets for your visiting trick or treaters.

Let’s hope that we have a moonlit, dry and crisp Halloween night, as being a soggy ghost, witch or skeleton isn’t much fun.

Happy Halloween.


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This is an easy Halloween decoration to make which looks really effective when its finished. 

…The children can easily do the sticking and gluing and an adult helper can assist with the cutting out.

Then when it’s finished it can be hung from the window to glint in the moonlight! 

1. Take a paper plate and paint one side with glue.

2. Sprinkle silver glitter (or any other colour you like) over the plate until it is nicely covered and glittery

3. Print the bat template available here or if you are artistic why not draw your own design

4. Overlay the cut out bat onto black card and cut it out

5. Stick the bat silhouettes onto the silvery moon

6. Make a small hole in the top of the plate with a cocktail stick

7. Thread through a piece of cotton and make a loop to hang it from

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There has been a long history of carving lanterns from vegetables throughout Ireland and Britain.  Traditionally swedes and turnips were used but more recently pumpkins are the vegetable of choice.

…And there is nothing more spooky for the children on 31st October, than to turn off all the lights to enjoy a glowing pumpkin face. 

So if you would like to make your own pumpkin lantern this Halloween take a look at how we did ours …but remember always make sure an adult does the tasks that require a sharp knife.  Then the children can enjoy the messy part of scooping out all the pumpkin seeds with spoons! 

1. First choose a suitable pumpkin, large enough to scoop out and carve but not too big!

2. Slice off the top and scoop out the seeds with a spoon

3. Take a paper template of a design you have drawn or printed and lay over the outside of the pumpkin

4. Draw the design onto the outside of the pumpkin

5. Carefully cut the design out.

6.  Take your pumpkin or position a few together and light them for an atmospheric Halloween!

…And thanks for all your pumpkin recipe ideas.  We have had some yummy ideas which we will be putting on the blog over the next few days so do check back for that.  …And if you have a favourite way to eat pumpkin why not enter our Family Competition.  You could win some great grow your own goodies, but the closing date is 31st October 2010.

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Halloween is just around the corner, so do take a look at some of our Favourite Spooky Activities for children, schools and families. 

From making tasty pumpkin soup to growing your own spook or making a scarecrow ghost there is lots of fun stuff for everyone. 

…And next week we will be making our pumpkin lantern.  All the details will be blogged here so do check back for pictures of how we get on! 

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We were recently contacted by Kath from the Peel Kids Gardening Club, and she asked for some ideas for activities with a Halloween theme. 

pile of pumpkins

We have put together our Favourite Spooky Halloween Ideas  in this fact sheet so do take a look .  Packed full of easy to do activities there’s a Yummy Recipe for Pumpkin Soup, a Make Your Own Jack -O-Lantern craft activity, Grow Your Own Spook, and all you need to know about making your very own Ghostly Scarecrow.

Hope you all have fun this Halloween!

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