This year Halloween fell on a Monday night. I know many people celebrated on the Saturday but we still wanted to mark this tradition on the actual day of 31st October too. So as soon as school finished we began a busy night of Halloween Celebrations:
We quickly whipped up some plain vegan cookies, cut them into spooky ghost shapes and baked them. Once cooled the kids got to work icing the ghost eyes and open mouths. They looked great but I forgot to take a photo of the finished biscuits before they were all given away and eaten!
As I’ve been asked by a few people, here is the simple recipe we used:
100g g brown sugar (white is fine but we had brown in cupboard)
100g vegan margarine
1 tbsp Vegan Maple Syrup (such as Sweet Freedom Fruit Syrup)
200g self raising flour
Cookie Extras (for example vegan choc chips) or flavourings (such as ginger or vanilla)
Cookie cutter (we used a ghost shape)
Preheat oven to Gas mark 4 (180c/350f)
Cream butter and sugar.
Add half the flour.
Add flavouring or extras.
Add the remaining flour as needed until mixture forms to a dough.
Roll out dough and cut shapes.
Place spaced apart on greased baking tray.
Cook for 10-15 minutes.
We then quickly got dressed into our costumes and the kids came to me for “hair and make up” in turn. They all chose their own costumes and had very particular ideas of what they wanted to be. We ended up with a motley crew of a pirate, vampire, Harley Quinn and Jason Vorhees! Dave and I also dressed and painted up although we were both not entirely sure what as!
We usually go to both Granny and Grampy and Great Granny and Great Grampy’s house, but as Granny and Grampy are staying there at the moment while Great Granny recovers from her hip replacement we got to see them all at once which was lovely.
Caitlyn gave Granny and Grampy a scare!
The girls insisted their Grandparents should try on the pirate hat too.
It was lovely to see Great Granny looking so well now she’s home from hospital. With the kids being ill over half term we haven’t been able to visit as much as we’d have liked in case they passed bugs on so it was great to catch up again now we’re all better.
Next we went to see Nanny, Jo Jo and Cerys.
Nanny’s haunted house looked great.
I took some photos of the kid’s costumes before they wiped their face paint off and began losing parts of the outfit as they tend to do:
The girl’s had a dance and played party games in the hall. We also had party food.
Then it was time for apple (and onion) bobbing!
Rebecca and Cerys decided that they wanted to “bob an onion” rather than an apple.
They then began to eat their onions like apples, I mean I like raw onion in salads and sandwiches but not like that!
I think they both decided to stick to taking an apple into school for snack rather than an onion!
Most of the family on Nanny’s lovely corner settee- we always joke that since she’s bought two large settees we always end up sitting on the floor so it’s nice to see them in use!
It was a lovely Halloween. We took over our decorated ghost biscuits and the kids gave everyone one. They were very lucky and received lots of candy and treats too, but best of all we had a great night with family.
Do you mark Halloween, if so how do you “celebrate”?
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