Halloween with babies & toddlers

The Mumma Says ladies have gone all spooky this October and have put together a Halloween special for those of you who enjoy eating too much chocolate and too many sweets, whilst walking around in the cold and dark, knocking on strangers doors.

So where do you start?

COSTUMES

Regardless of the appeal of the trick or treat walk you’re going to need costumes surely….but do you want homemade or shop bought?

Great places which sell costumes:

What about adult costumes I hear you cry…most of the places I mention above stock adult costumes, you can also try a great costume company called www.luvyababes.co.uk. Obviously there are many different fancy dress companies all over the country, and the world, who have fantastic halloween costumes. Even a simple witches hat and a pumpkin bucket can work wonders…enjoy!

Or do it yourself?

These below ideas and many more can be found on www.pinterest.com and via a google search.

HALLOWEEN PARTIES

You could of course throw a party at home if you don’t fancy the walking in the cold and damp October weather. It can take a little time but not always too costly to put together a selection of Halloween themed food and drinks, spooky music and decorations. And of course if you hold it this year, make sure its another friend that does it the next!

IDEAS:

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Banana ghost lollieseec97fa1400f851544cede18bfe17f50

Pumpkin cakes

Orange drinks

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Oranges with faces

Ice buckets with glowsticks: Pack of 45 Glow Sticks with Connectors – make Bracelets, Necklaces and lots more

Ice-cube trays with spiders frozen inside

TRICK OR TREATERS

What to hand out as ‘treats’….

  • sweets (bear in mind volume rather than quality often goes down better!)
  • chocolates
  • money
  • small toys (beware of the choking hazard)
  • biscuits (bought or homemade?)

Below is a great little recipe using pumpkin puree if the mood really takes you!

Homemade Halloween Biscuit Recipe:

Serves: 84 
  • 225g butter
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (400g) tin pumpkin puree
  • 500g plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 175g chocolate chips
Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:10min  ›  Ready in:35min
  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5. Grease a baking tray or line with baking parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and caster sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the vanilla and pumpkin puree until well blended. Combine the flour, bicarb, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir into the pumpkin mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips. Stir in the walnuts if desired. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking tray.
  3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges begin to brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking tray before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

NB: Pumpkin puree is available at www.ocado.com and www.tesco.com

Recipe courtesy of www.allrecipes.co.uk

ARTS AND CRAFTS

You could have a craft session with a halloween twist for your little one or you could get a group of mummas and babies round as a halloween bit of creativity: making foot or handprint pictures, creating cobwebs or building brooms is great fun….again lots of things on Pinterest or a good Google search 🙂

PUMPKIN CARVING

There is always the traditional pumpkin carving to keep you all quiet (and competitive). You can stick to the free-hand carving or use a template to create something truly outstanding.

Templates are available at sites such as www.dotcomwomen.com and www.theprudentpatron.com

HAVE FUN!

Whichever way you decide to celebrate Halloween 2014, its a fun way to enjoy some family time. Leyton is dressing up as a bat this year and Nathan will be going as a skeleton. The mummas have yet to decide on their attire, but buckets have been purchased and sweets hidden…and I’m sure it will involve some baking too, all ready for October 31st. Photos of our little gathering will follow on twitter @mummasays1 and on instagram  ‘nathans_mumma’ and ‘leytons_mumma’ so take a look, and whatever you do, have fun!

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